The Plaid Horse - March 2016 The Young Rider Style Issue

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America’s Premiere Horse Show Magazine

March 2016 • The Young Rider Style Issue


Role Models: Abigail Brayman & Caitlin Wood • Charles Ancona Style Icons: Lexi Wedemeyer • Evan Coluccio • Michael & Kenzie EQU Lifestyle Boutique • Unrelenting: George Morris

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S a n M a rc o s T r a i n i ng Congratulates the Gabler Family’s

Maritime and John French

Photo © Charlotte Murray.

Photo © Mackenzie Shuman.

• winners of the $10,000 devoucoux hunter prix •

Thank you John french and the Waldenbrook team for your continued support and guidance.

Corinne Bevis

Santa Barbara, ca


S a n M a rc o s T r a i n i ng

Annalise Gabler and Memphis

The Wolf Family’s Bay Lane

Photo © Charlotte Murray.

Cory Williams with Chicago Lyngriis and Quintessential

Photo © ESI.

Photo © Charlotte Murray.

Congratulates all of our horses and riders on a successful HITS Thermal

Rafaela Guerrand-Hermes Congratulations on the lease of Set to Sparkle

Corinne Bevis

Elizabeth Gabler and Soldier

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S a n M a rc o s T r a i n i ng

Photo © ESI.

Photo © ESI.

Congratulates all of our horses and riders on a successful HITS Thermal

Photo © Charlotte Murray.

Marta Mazess and Cadet

Corinne Bevis

Charlotte Murray and Lionheart

Photo © Charlotte Murray.

Zoe Wolf and Yet Another Karacter

Charlotte Murray and Hennessy B

Marta Mazess with Stylist and Skye

Grace Giordano and Dolce

Santa Barbara, ca


Some Day Farm

Wishes Our Clients Best of Luck in 2016 • March 2016 • 7

Trainers Catherine Cruger • Kendall Entler Bend, Oregon • 541-848-8519

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HITS Thermal Week II Reserve Champion A/O Hunters 18-35 3'3"


HITS Thermal Mid Circuit Champion A/O Hunters 18-35 3'3"


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Willow Brook Stables Congratulates

Hannah Good son-Cutt Kate Considine • Willow Brook Stables 818.406.1686 • the flintridge riding club • la cañada flintridge, ca photos © quintessence photography


congratulates our show team on a successful thermal

julia watts and camarilla

nancy ridge and san remo ls

madelyn & lauren martinez and cf reminisent

jordan evans and caribbean sunset

lauren wilson and south beach ges

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2015 Horse of the Year • USEF 3'6" Performance Hunter

Toni Schrager of Avatar Real Estate, LLC sends heartfelt thanks to both Kelley Farmer & Larry Glefke for Dalliance’s amazing results in his first year competing as a hunter. 2015 Reserve Champion USHJA International Hunter Derby horse for money won & increment sections 5th Place in the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals First Place in the $100,000 HITS Sunshine Series Derby First Place in the $35,000 Genessee Village & Country Museum International Derby Numerous other top three placings at top shows around the country, including tri-colors in the high performance hunters.

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to Abigail Higgins and Belano V on an amazing HITS Thermal 2016! 1/2 PAGE GSDHJA

Thank you to her trainer, Lisa Halterman, and her barn, Haven Farms.


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FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every once in a while at shows, I get

overwhelmed by other people complaining – I hate this horse show, that sucks, and this isn’t pretty enough. Do we have things to improve as a sport? Of course. But one of those things is appreciation. TPH is blessed to have Katie Cook. Besides being brilliant and hilarious, Katie appreciates this sport – it is a continued joke that she falls in love with every single horse she sees. Katie got a horse this winter, Cardinal, and made a winning debut at Thermal in the AA’s – she was literally shining with glee and excitement. I was fortunate enough to get to show at Thermal this year on the nicest horse I have ever sat on. I got the benefit of incredible training and, to add icing on the cake, I got to win. My parents, who live 3000 miles away, were there to watch and support me. It was the best thing ever. Was my plane delayed? Did I book the hotel for the wrong night? Have to drive home through a whiteout blizzard? Break my phone? Wear my fifteen year old pull on tall boots? Of course. But, I smiled and appreciated every single second. Spending time with these horses and these people is the greatest way I could spend my life. ◼ PIPER KLEMM, PHD LEFT ABOVE: PIPER AND BALMORAL’S SUNDAE IN THE THERMAL ADULT HUNTERS. PHOTO: KAITLYN VAN KONYNENBURG. LEFT BELOW: PIPER WITH HER PARENTS AT HITS THERMAL (CALIF.) IN JANUARY. ON THE COVER: ABIGAIL BRAYMAN AND CAITLIN WOOD SPORT CHARLES ANCONA JACKETS WITH CAITLIN'S PONY, CLOVERMEADE CALL ME PEACHES. • March 2016 • 25


EDITOR’S NOTE: The beginning of

any new endeavor is exciting, and starting as the Editor-in-Chief for The Plaid Horse is not an exception. What I love about The Plaid Horse is that is the kind of magazine that you

only one blue ribbon. I’ve spent my whole life dedicating time and money to my horses, and I take my riding and horse care seriously. That being said, I probably won’t get to represent the U.S. on a team at the Olympics. So I like the idea that I’m helping to produce something that celebrates the juniors and amateurs, the one-show-a-month sort, the save-up-all-year-to-buy-thatbridle type, along with the professionals and career equestrians. Beyond making The Plaid Horse a magazine for everyone to enjoy, Dr. Piper Klemm, the publication’s owner, shares my desire to educate the youth. Children and teenagers in the sport right now will soon be our sport’s professionals, and we believe in the importance of promoting learning to make the whole industry more knowledgeable. Whether that is sponsoring horsemanship programs, or shedding the light on new and upcoming young trainers around the country, we want our work to teach you something too. With only a few months under my belt here at TPH, I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to work with our magazine’s interns—introducing them to the world of journalism, and seeing them grow in their writing.

could pick up at a horse show, and you wouldn’t be all that surprised to see yourself, or one of your friends in it. You shouldn’t have to only win championships to be celebrated. We are all working hard, and there is

The Plaid Horse is growing each day, and the whole team is working together to make this brand one that we’re proud of. With the release of our first all-glossy edition, we’re setting the standard of other things to come in 2016—a new look, new horse shows, and new partners. We are thinking big, setting lofty goals, and pursuing dreams. Thanks for your support, and I hope you’ll continue to stick around for the ride! ◼ MEGHAN BLACKBURN, EDITOR • March 2016 • 27




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It’s not uncommon for a fashion designer to base the entire creation of one of their collections on inspiration from a muse. Normally the muse is a supermodel, celebrity, or socialite. In Julie Frykman’s case, the muse was a leggy redhead; but it had a mane, tail, and a tattoo on the inside of its upper lip. An off-the-track-Thoroughbred, appropriately named Classic Fashion, who stole Fryman’s heart was her inspiration to start Equestrianista, a chic, yet comfortable line of clothing for equestrians who also have a life outside the barn. The line’s first piece was what Frykman calls “the perfect dressage t-shirt.” The fabric was soft, yet tailored—fashionforward and unique, yet still classy. “It’s the perfect transitional piece from season to season. Wear it alone in the summer, add a scarf in the spring or fall, and then pair it with a stunning tweed blazer come cold temps,” Frykman suggests. Before starting Equestrianista in 2012, Frykman worked in Manhattan in the fashion industry with Saks Fifth Avenue, among other enviable brands. “Through

You’ll find attire in many colors, with sparkle and shine, sure to get you noticed in the schooling ring, and out running errands afterwards. New inventory is added regularly, and a rider from any discipline can find something that will work for them.

my time at Saks, I was offered an Account Executive position with Helen Morley. While working with Helen Morley, I traveled the country hosting trunk shows within Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and other high-end boutiques,” she said. However, in 2005, Frykman decided to move to Chicago, where she grew up, to get married and become a mother. Her horse, “Calvin,” joined the family in 2011. Together, they enjoy the occasional dressage lesson, and the social pastime of trail rides with friends. The collection includes original pieces that she has created in her studio, to others that are branded with Equestrianista’s name on it—like the comfy, gray, slouchy sweatshirt with “Equestrian {ista}” on the front.

When you’re browsing Equestrianista’s inventory, be sure to also take an extra look at The Fox Hunt Sweater. “It is every style lover’s must-have, due to its incredible shape and classic look – you look amazing whether you are in the saddle, enjoying date night, or a day at the office. A piece that epitomizes Equestrianista must possess quality, style and femininity,” Frykman said. Staying close to home, Frykman has a mobile store that is open at Showplace Productions horse shows all winter at Ledges Sporting Horses & Show Grounds (Roscoe, Ill.), as well as one week during Spring Spectacular. You can also find her set-up at the Rolex Kentucky ThreeDay Event the last weekend in April in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park. Or, if you’re into online shopping, visit for all their styles.











Wellington Masters at Deeridge Farm, Wellington, FL, Feb. 4-7, 2016. 1. Kent Farringon and Uceko claimed the $200,000 Longines World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*. 2. The trophy. 3. Farrington on course. 4. Liubov Kochetova of Russia and Urus II. 5. Ice sculpture. 6. Quentin Judge and Double H Farm’s HH Copin Van De Broy. 7. Georgina Bloomberg and Gotham Enterprizes LLC’s Caleno 3. 8. Charlie Jacobs and CMJ Sporthorse, LLC’s Flaming Star. PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY. • March 2016 • 31 Idaho Falls, Idaho If you are interested in buying or selling a horse, we specialize in matching horse and rider!

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The Plaid Horse Polls 200 Equestrians: We asked “What is your favorite color hunt coat?” Navy 60% • Green 31% Light Blue 6% • Red 3%

Which new helmet are you most excited to try?


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A TPH STYLE SPOTLIGHT • March 2016 • 35

Whether you ride in Le Fash, have seen their products around, or have just heard about the company by word of mouth, you know its quality is unprecedented. The owner and designer, Arianna Vastino, has put her heart and soul into this business to make it the success it is today. What Vastino calls “the first ever crossover line of clothing” sells top-notch equestrian gear that is suitable for not only the show ring, but also for the fashion-forward street goers. Vastino started thinking about the concept for Le Fash about ten years ago, when the equestrian fashion industry had just begun to change from traditional to more technical and style-oriented. “I was a fashion stylist for many major companies like Vogue, InStyle, and Victoria’s Secret, but I just always was a rider and I missed it when I was working solely for the fashion business,” Vastino said. While the fast paced fashion industry had all of its appeals, Vastino couldn’t help but miss the horse world. So she decided to combine the two, and launched Le Fash in 2011. Following the birth of her new company, Vastino quickly established a very distinct look to her products. “Our color blocking, silhouette style, and unique seaming is what makes us stand out more than the others,” she said, and while many companies are now coming out with their own remakes of Le Fash’s styles, people can easily recognize and separate Vastino’s line from the others because of the quality and detail. “I started implementing the old plaids and rich hues; I wanted to bring that back into the industry. Now we are starting to see people go back to wearing those rich color palettes. It’s a very chic, classic equestrian style,” she said, bringing to light the excitement of seeing her products on riders around the show circuits. Le Fash is also one of the most innovative clothing lines out there, using materials such as bamboo to give their products lightness and breathability, and design details that allow for a seamless cross over into every day wear. While keeping her products traditionally fashioned yet technologically advanced, Vastino is always changing and updating her line. She recently introduced her new Stable Bomber jacket, which features a lightweight, bamboo knit fabric & ultra-suede details, which is brought together beautifully with her classic color blocking and Le Fash fit. “I think that this super technical bubble that we are in now, is going to dissipate a little. With all the bling, the embroidery, and the tech fabrics, we are going to see that it’s going to go back to tradition,” she admitted.



And Vastino is not the only one with these views, many judges and horse show officials are still implementing traditional viewpoints when looking at riders in the show ring, so to stay on top of the beat, Vastino gets inspiration for new products from her personal opinions when riding in the clothes, as well as from her sponsored riders. Jennifer Alfano, Maggie Jayne, Hunter Holloway, and Patricia Griffith are currently Le Fash’s sponsored riders. Vastino said that, “they all give great advice about the brand and what to add and change and I really enjoy working with all of them.” Alfano and Griffith actually started the idea for the Skyscraper Breech, featuring a high rise breech that is fashionable yet perfectly suited for those who prefer the higher waist for hunter derbies and other events. This elegant and classy new breech will be available starting the beginning of March for pre-order, so make sure to keep your alarms set and your eyes on Le Fash’s website! Next time you’re shopping at Le Fash, make sure to check out her Zeus Plaid Sport Shirt. This gorgeous shirt with its deep blend of browns and whites and a dash of pink has a story behind its style. Vastino recently lost her horse, Zeus, to colic last year, so she decided to make something positive out of this tragedy. By naming the shirt after her horse, Vastino also decided to donate a portion of the proceeds of this shirt to colic research. Vastino’s mission through her products is not only to turn out quality products for both the show world and street wear, but also to connect with equestrians, instill confidence and relate personally with her customers. “Whether you’re in the show ring or in other aspects of your life, when you look good and feel good, you perform your best. Nothing gives you the confidence you need in life like a great outfit.” Looking to buy Le Fash products? You’ll find them at the vendor village at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. However, if you aren’t in Wellington this spring, Le Fash can be found through Dover stores and top equestrian vendors at shows everywhere including West Coast-based Exceptional Equestrian and the Chicago area staple, Barrington Saddlery. You can also shop online at, find them at Facebook at Le Fash Inc, and on Instagram at @lefashny and Twitter at @LeFashNY. ◼ BY TPH INTERN MACKENZIE SHUMAN • March 2016 • 37




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As our sport often goes, we see Wedemeyer. the same riders cleaning up in the Kim, who says she and professional rings, show after show. Wedemeyer are still very close, is However, that wasn’t necessarily the happy to see her former student case during week II of the HITS Desert succeeding in the Balmoral program. Circuit in Thermal, Calif.; at least in “She learned so much from the green conformation or second Archie, and I think that was a very year green working hunter divisions. valuable educational experience for Twenty-four-year-old Alexandra “Lexi” her in many ways,” Kim said. “And Wedemeyer rode Balmoral Farm’s now she is being supported and Sundae to the reserve championship in backed by someone who really wants the green conformation hunters, and also piloted DDM to see her succeed.” Equestrian, LLC’s Crown Prince to the second year Brooks has a lot of faith in Wedemeyer. He has green championship. shown this on multiple occasions, one of them right “I had a really good week,” said Wedemeyer, who at the beginning, during the aforementioned Capital began riding as a pro for Carleton and Traci Brooks’ Challenge. Balmoral Farm in August of last year. “I handed the rides right over to her, if that tells you Shortly after starting with Balmoral, Wedemeyer anything,” he said found herself—somewhat surprisingly—with several As for Wedemeyer’s rising success, he added, “Well rides at the Capital Challenge Horse Show (Md.). I believe in her, so that is a big thing. And she is willing “That’s what they said they were going to do, but to do what it takes to get it done, no matter what. That’s I was shocked that’s what actually happened, and they huge these days. She has natural talent.” trusted me with it,” Wedemeyer recalled. “It was a Brooks also added that while Wedemeyer’s quiet super opportunity that they gave me, so I am grateful to demeanor might fool some people, the girl can tell a joke them for that.” that “will have you on the ground laughing.” From the age of 13, Wedemeyer grew up riding with Wedemeyer acknowledges that her success is the trainers Kim and Dylan Harries at Southern Cross, first result of a combination of things; experience, coming in Bakersfield, Calif., and then followed Kim when she into one’s own, but she doesn’t deny that she fits well relocated the farm to Santa Ynez. Having convinced into the Balmoral program. her parents to allow her to attend a charter school, “I’m getting so much help here, and Carleton and Wedemeyer lived with Kim as a working student. Traci are so patient with me. And when I make mistakes, “She lived with me until she was 19,” Kim said. I’m definitely allowed to learn from them. They don’t “I think she had her eyes on being the best rider she kill me for it. I’m in a good spot; I’m lucky,” she smiled. could be from the first time she jumped a jumped; the “Their program has taught me so much about the dedication never wavered. She never had to be told to fact that we are just riding these horses—it has to be work harder; never had to be encouraged to go that their idea. They have to want to do it,” she continued. extra distance.” “That’s what I think about in the show ring—how to When Wedemeyer left Southern Cross, she began make that horse want to do well, and go around well working for Corinne Bevis’ San Marcos Training in and making them happy. I think that’s what I’ve taken Santa Barbara. After some time there, most out of the program so far.” she joined Archie Cox’s Brookway Kim said that Wedemeyer always “WELL I BELIEVE Stables. showed intensity in her riding. “I “I worked for Archie for about think it makes her mental focus very IN HER, SO THAT three years, and I got plenty of show but I think it can be taken IS A BIG THING.” sharp, ring experience, but this was just personally by people who think the next step—doing what I do now because of her age, she should be CARLETON BROOKS with Carleton and Traci,” admitted more flippant, gregarious, or silly.



She’s been years beyond herself since she was 13.” Wedemeyer looks to better her performances as the Thermal circuit continues, and has set goals for herself for the 2016 season. “I want to be champion in the WCHR developing pro. And getting ribbons at indoors.” Kim, who still calls Wedemeyer daily when she’s showing, claimed that she considers Wedemeyer her greatest professional accomplishment. “Not only in her riding, but in the dedication to the horsemanship of the sport. She was never the kid to take shortcuts.” ◼



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Evan Coluccio Is Working Hard to Make His Dreams Come True BY MEGHAN BLACKBURN PHOTOS BY HILLARY OSWALD


The Coluccio name is well-known in the hunter/jumper industry. Allyson Jacoby Coluccio is one of the nation’s top pony breeders, and trained multiple horses too. Robert Coluccio, the first hunter rider to have received a perfect 100 score, has ridden and trained horses to championships at all the major horse shows. So, it only seems natural that their son, Evan, would follow in their successful footsteps. And he is. His EMC International is just that – an international business with hubs in the United States and overseas, importing, producing and selling top quality sport horses. • March 2016 • 51


“Take the time to learn,” Evan advises young riders and upcoming professionals. “You can learn something from everybody. We all are unique and all have something unique and different to offer.” At the age of 17, Evan started his own business. “At that point of my career I had my focus on show jumping and the grand prix ring. I was young and made some immature decisions,” Evan admitted. “I am coming back after taking the time to better know the business. Now I’m learning from mistakes one day at a time to continue to pursue my vision with hard work, knowledge and the ability to thrive for perfection at EMC International.” Evan had an illustrious junior career, from the pony ring, to the junior hunters and the junior jumpers, in both the U.S. and in Europe—scoring multiple championships throughout the years. He grew up riding in Middleburg, Va., under the tutelage of his parents, but also learned from the likes of like Katie and Henri Prudent, Mclain Ward, Bobby Braswell, Andre Dignelli, Missy Clark, George Morris, Don Stewart, Lynn Little, Sue Ashe, Bill Schaub, Mark Leone, Aaron Vale, Todd Minikus and Eddie Horowitz among others. He has also had a hand in training other juniors and amateurs. “With my upbringing surrounded by horses on a farm I have also had the opportunity to take some time exploring and learning many different disciplines; from the pony hunters, big equitation, show jumping, hunters, fox hunting, Quarter Horses to even • March 2016 • 53

a bit of eventing. I’m so grateful and privileged to have had so many opportunities to work with such brilliant horsemen in our sport,” he said. Before he picked back up the reins of his own business, Evan rode and trained for Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer at Lane Change Farm. There, he won the $35,000 International Derby at Genessee Country Village & Museum (N.Y.) with Fabled and was second with Why in the $30,000 Country Heir International Hunter Derby (Ky.). Evan says it was Glefke who inspired and encouraged him to focus on producing traditional hunters, like he was taught growing up. He shifted his focus back to his own endeavors in 2015. Since then EMC International has grown from one location in Middleburg, to multiple locations across the U.S., and one in the Netherlands. “My partner Anne Kenes and I set up the Europe location because we are constantly looking for talented, quality, young horses. The stable there provides us with a place to develop these special horses, and allows us the time to place each individual horse into the right situation. With my background in showjumping and Anne’s background in eventing, it provides us with many different outlets to achieve this mission,” Evan said. Other EMC International locations include Wellington, Fla., Los Angeles, Calif., at Makoto Farms with partner Elizabeth Reilly, and in Lexington, Ky., at United Sport Horses LLC, with Darren Teodoro. These locations will help Evan meet the goal of serving both coasts, as well as the “in-between.”



“I want all my locations to be boutiques for fancy horses that are carefully selected, properly represented and given the chance to thrive with their new owners. I want to be able to keep my stables at a manageable size, allowing the horses to have hands on care and attention at all times,” Evan explained. “Yes, I’ll have partners; I want an empire!” he laughed. “But also because this isn’t just about me, this is about everyone. I want everyone to be able to have opportunities. I appreciate the owners, sponsors, friends, colleagues and the other who support me through the good and bad times along the way. Have faith in the people who believe in you. I know I couldn’t do it without them!” With great success in 2015 and already in 2016, Evan is hopeful that his business will continue with the momentum he’s running on. EMC International graduates can already be seen winning across the country, although the season is still very new. “I’m excited to see where my business goes. I am really looking forward to expanding, and using this year to get each location set up properly to be well managed by teams of talented horsemen and women,” he said. “I am proud of the horses that I have found and been a part of making them winners, and seeing them go on to be champions at the top levels of their respected disciplines.” With EMC International’s projected layout, Evan will do a lot of traveling as he continues to get locations set up. He also is looking forward to competing in hunter derbies throughout the year, as well as the pre-green incentive (in Lexington). “It’s a lifestyle; it’s not a job anymore,” Evan said. “It becomes a part of you and represents who you are and what you stand for. I have become more committed and dedicated over the last few years to the point where it is my only focus. I am still working on finding the balance and being able to enjoy my free time. But I know that I am grateful to be able to do what I love to do every day with these amazing animals who have inspired me and changed my life.” ◼ • March 2016 • 55



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LEASES & TRAINERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE • BY ARMAND LEONE Leasing a horse is to accept the responsibilities of temporary ownership. You are buying the horse for a specific period with all the good and bad, hoped for, and unexpected along the way. Like a purchase, the rider lessee’s trainer plays an important role in the lease venture, perhaps even a more important role than in a purchase. The experience the rider has during the lease depends on the trainer’s skill in finding the right horse to fit the rider’s needs. There are immediate needs and reasonable financial constraints. The horse returned to the owner lessor at the end of the lease depends on the trainer’s keeping the horse in the proper program and with proper care. In return for using her expertise to find the right horse, the trainer should receive compensation from the rider lessee and only from the rider lessee unless the rider lessee is advised otherwise. The trainer is paid to find a horse that suits. Just as when acting as a trainer agent in a purchase, the trainer is not a guarantor of horse’s performance during the lease. The trainer has a responsibility to work with the rider lessee to achieve a suitable performance with the horse and rider. From that perspective, the trainer’s obligations are no more or less than during a sale. However, the owner lessor has a vested interest in how the horse is managed during the lease. From tack to turn out to after show care, the trainer is the most important factor in the horse’s well-being. The physical care depends on the right balance between training, showing, and rest. Because an owner can expect a rider lessee to be only concerned about the short term, she must look to the trainer to watch out for the horse’s interests. The horse’s interests should never be sacrificed for the rider. The horse should be managed the same way as if it were owned. Unfortunately, that may not occur with a lease. While it’s always uncomfortable dealing with a lameness that develops during the lease, the parties should be upfront about it. Both have an interest in healthy horse, it is just the time frames that differ. The psychological condition of the horse at the end of the lease can depend on the trainer as much as or more than the rider. A horse allowed to develop bad habits, such as stopping or bucking during lead changes, decreases the horse’s value and ability to be released or sold. Does the trainer use professional rides between and at shows, if appropriate, to keep the horse performing well? What is the trainer’s experience with and reputation in the discipline the horse is competing in? The owner lessor must know the program into which he is entrusting his horse. Many leases specifically restrict the people who can ride the horse during the term of the lease, which are typically the intended rider, the trainer, and his or her employees or designated agents. The intended division to compete in and the maximum height of fences are often specified. Sometimes even the number of competition days is set forth. Some leases even have the trainer sign. Clearly, a shared responsibility is on the part of the rider and trainer for the care of the horse. Assuming a trainer disagrees with a rider’s decision that might violate restrictions in the lease, the trainer can be in a difficult situation. The trainer does not want to be liable for any problem the horse develops. If the trainer knowingly violates restriction on use provisions and injury occurs, liability would be alleged, and only a court could decide. The trainer’s advice to his client and commitment to prudent horse care to the owner both go to the essence of the lease. A prudent owner will not entrust her horse into the hands of an unknown trainer’s program. A prudent rider will not lease a horse to compete with if he has no trainer to make the time productive and enjoyable. Leases of

quality horses require that the training and stable management environment that the horse will be placed into are known beforehand. Expectations by the owner allow the trust necessary to temporarily transfer care of the horse to another. Some horses will exceed performance expectations, some will not. Some horses will go lame shortly after starting, some with soundness lease exclusions do not. The proper management and honest communication for a successful lease experience rely on the trainer. If things do not go well, the trainer does not want to be responsible. Trainers would be advised to remember the dual roles they play when advising a client to lease a horse. They need to fit the rider to the right horse, and they need to treat the horse right by the owner. The trainer has an obligation to act in the sole interest of the rider in determining whether to select a horse. This includes not taking compensation other than from the rider or creating an undisclosed dual agency situation. Once the rider has leased the horse, the trainer must know what restrictions on use exist. Again, it is hard to imagine an owner leasing a higher level competition horse without knowledge of the reputation of the lessee’s trainer. If injury occurred to a horse during a lease and the trainer violated the lease, then liability could attach to the trainer. It is easy to imagine a situation that could easily arise. A trainer is at a show with the owner not arrived yet and needs a horse hacked. He puts an inexperienced or unauthorized rider on the horse for “just a hack,” and something happens, injuring the horse and rider. A trainer must get an attorney, whether through insurance or not, and defend herself. Ultimately a court must decide. Trainers are an important part of the horse leasing process. They provide the guidance to the proposed rider to sign the lease. They provide the assurance to the horse’s owner it will be properly cared for. Trainers must exercise their horsemanship skills learned over many years in both tasks. In addition, they need to know about restrictions on use and participate in the restrictions on use provisions put into the lease before the rider lessee signs. Leasing horses for junior and amateur riders is an important part of a trainer’s business. Leasing allows more people to participate in the sport and compete at shows, all of which create both enjoyment for the riders and income for trainers. The trainer’s involvement the leasing relationship is pivotal to a successful experience for both the rider and owner. Knowing all of these issues and spelling them all out in an agreed upon lease document is the first important step to a successful partnership between a leased horse and rider. ◼ PHOTO © LAURA BROWN.

Have questions or need legal help with your next horse transaction? Leone Equestrian Law is available for consultation at 201.444.6444 or Visit or Leone Equestrian Law on Facebook for more information. • March 2016 • 57


Solea Equestrian’s Alejandro Meeks Joins Michael and Kenzie 1911

Alejandro “Alex” Meeks, who started the mobile tack and apparel unit Solea Equestrian, has joined the highend equestrian fashion line, Michael and Kenzie 1911. Meeks began Solea Equestrian three years ago with the idea to offer European brands to the West Coast hunter/jumper community. He will now act as the marketing director for the fashion forward brand founded by Michael Whang and Kenzie Jun. Whang is a rider and entrepreneur, and met Meeks when he would shop at Solea at the shows to buy riding gear. “I think I’m probably the only, if not one of the few, that sells KEP helmets,” Meeks said. “At the end of last year, we Michael and Kenzie and I started working together; we are partnered.” Jun is a fashion designer from Seoul, Korea, with experience in Paris. The fashion line combines classic equestrian apparel with an urban, contemporary feel. Many of the pieces can be worn in the show ring, and in the board room as well. The merger will bring tack and other items to retail in Michael and Kenzie mobile units, which before only offered attire. But the ultimate goal is to get Michael and Kenzie into stores. “It’s important for us to still keep a presence at shows, but our main goal is to distribute brands to other retail outlets across the world,” Meeks, Orange County, Calif., explained. For the new collection, Meeks says that consumers can expect some exciting changes. “We are currently working together to revise the look, add some different styles and fabrics,” he said. “We’ll also be changing some costs.” You can expect to see Michael and Kenzie 1911, with the added bonus of Solea Equestrian items, along the A-circuit in California this year, as well as at a few trade shows. If you’re interested in retailing Michael and Kenzie 1911, visit, call Alex Meeks at 310-701-8556, or email ◼ MEGHAN BLACKBURN • March 2016 • 59

A Coat of a Different Color

More and more variety is seen in show coat colors and styles across the nation’s horse shows, but Savannah Stuart still stands out in her soft pink show coat. The amateur rider rides at her family’s Magnolia Farm with her two younger sisters, and has been on the circuit for years, but she never thought a pink coat would cause her any issues. Stuart, 19, wore her barn’s colors of brown, cream, and pink in the hunter ring with a coat in brown with pink piping, but as she transitioned to the amateur jumper classes, she wanted a reverse of her more traditional hunt coat. Knowing her grandmother made her father and grandfather’s suits, she contacted her and picked a light pink, wool-blend fabric and the matching suede and piping at a popular fabric store in Los Angeles this summer. She sent the fabrics and a pattern to her grandmother, and the coat was made. Debuting the coat in a 1.20-meter junior/amateur, she was quickly warned about her new coat. “I had the back-gate guy and a trainer mention to me that they had to look it up to make sure it was okay for me to wear it. I thought they were just joking! I didn’t put much thought into it,” Stuart recalled. During the first week of HITS Thermal, Stuart sported her pink coat for the first classic of the year, but came into a problem when the jumper judge and trainers began to protest her coat which they thought didn’t count as formal attire, as required for the class, due to its light color. After the protests were made, the Stuarts looked into the actual rules and found that according to the 2016 USEF Rulebook, rule JP111, which states “9. Attire a. Formal Jumper Attire. Dark, muted or similar colored, or red (scarlet) coats are required; team or sponsored coats of different colors are also permitted.” They then looked into it further, confirming that her coat falls into the “team coat” category, which allowed her to wear it. Thanks to their research, Stuart is still able to sport her seashell pink coat in the classics she chooses to. “I wanted to do something no one had ever done before and push the boundary of traditional style,” she explained. “It’s simple, soft, and classic while being completely different from anything else out there.” ◼ STORY AND PHOTOS BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK.


Chagrin Saddlery partner Dana Miller gives us an overview of what’s new, what’s hot, and how the trends in equestrian fashion are shaping up for 2016 after Chagrin Saddlery’s annual visit to the American Equestrian Trade Association winter trade show. ▶ HELMETS While conservatively designed helmets are a must in the hunter and equitation ring, industry favorites like Samshield, GPA, and Charles Owen have updated their lines to include sleeker looks with increased comfort, convenient washable liners, lower profiles, and improved ventilation, all with customizable options. Some observations: At $324 the Charles Owen Ayrbrush- Sophisticated enough to suit all disciplines with bit of a trendier look than the ever popular Ayr8, and at a lower price point. The smooth matte finish of the Ayrbrush makes it easy to wipe clean. At $634 and new for 2016, the GPA Speed Air 2X is an updated version of GPA’s popular Speed Air- improvements to this helmet include the redesigned, padded, premium leather harness with a self-locking buckle which provides a more stable and secure feel; and a removable washable Coolmax liner which includes antimicrobial protection.

2016 Equestrian Fashion Trends from the Top Down

Always one step ahead, Samshield has launched the Samshield XJ Matt Carbon at $890.00, an exciting new helmet with an outer shell made of pure carbon fiber. Samshield also introduced many new options to customize both the Shadowmatt at $420.00, and Alcantara at $580.00 (not pictured). Materials such as leather, piping, and crystals are available to customize all these brands, making this year’s helmet options truly exciting. • March 2016 • 61

▶ HUNT COATS Always a hot item, there were many new hunt coats on display this year at AETA. Hunt coats that ranged from custom to stock, from conservative to those with bolder looks and trim color. The world is your oyster, with so many options and price points. What is becoming very consistent though is the use of machine washable performance fabrics. This has greatly influenced hunt coat design in the last few years and has been a total game changer for riders. The unconstructed design of soft shell hunt coats allows for maximum freedom of movement allowing riders to look and perform at the top of their game. Some of the hunt coats to keep an eye out for include: At $349.00 the Tredstep Solo Pro hunt coat is a great option with interchangeable buttons and collars that are available in an array of colors, allowing riders to create a conservative look for the equitation ring or a bold look for the jumper ring. Essentially two coats in one and a great value.

At $562 the new RJ Classics Victory hunt coat is an outstanding choice for those seeking a bolder look with a colored collar and pocket trim. This four button coat, with an inside hidden zipper creates an impeccably tailored look without the custom price. From $795, Italian-made Equiline is one of the most beautifully tailored coats on the market with both stock and custom options. Keep it simple with a stock coat or create your own custom hunt coat.


Annie Appelhof: Capturing Personality in Pencil A KIND EYE. FIRE AND POISE. ATHLETICISM. CONNECTION. With a basic #2 pencil and a lifetime of equestrian experience, Annie Appelhof is able to create vibrant images that reflect her subject’s personality and the engagement between horse and human. Appelhof characterizes her art as a “way to captivate someone else’s heartfelt interest” and that level of care and heart shows through in her images. She began to draw at a very young age, and she’s recently returned to art as a way to finance her dreams. In this case, dreams that grew from the art that surrounded her as a child. “My home growing up was always filled with English hunt scenes and steeple chase posters, so the art in my home along with my involvement in horses has fueled a heavy interest in British racing and traveling to the United Kingdom,” Appelhof, of Louisville, Kentucky, shared. Although she never strayed far from her equine interests, her art took a break. “As often happens, life got in the way,” Appelhof laughed. But over the past year, she felt an urge to return to her art. She began sharing images of her work on Facebook, and with the encouragement of family and friends, Appelhof began to offer commissioned pieces. Once requests for her work started coming in, she recognized the potential that her art had to fund her goals and dreams. In this case, her dream of attending The Grand National, the historic steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. While Appelhof recognizes that relying on art as a career can be challenging, she is enjoying creating her ‘pencil ponies,’ while looking forward to revisiting watercolors. She also has goals of becoming a potter and expanding her



work in ceramics. Appelhof currently hand glazes horses and hunt scenes onto functional pieces, such as mugs and bowls and loves to make delicate, beautiful art a useful part of daily life. Appelhof draws from photographs, while creating images that capture the personality of her subjects. Some are created from one familiar photo, while others are a product of several shots to create just the right likeness. Each piece takes time, with larger pieces— like her 14” x 18” portrait of American Pharaoh—taking up to 15 hours to ensure the accuracy of the image. All drawings are done on white, acid-free, archival paper to ensure they last a lifetime. She specializes in classic equine portraits; however, she has also

expanded her work to include other commissioned pets, including several canines. To ensure that she creates the right image for her clients, Appelhof is flexible in the sizing of portraits she offers and is willing to work with individuals and non-profits. Her commitment and passion towards the animals her images encapsulate is clear, even while funding her own dreams. “If anyone ever commissions me and mentions Second Stride, or any other horserelated charitable organization, I will donate at least 10 percent of the total to their cause. That offer stands forever.” If you are interested in commissioning a piece from Annie Appelhof, you can contact her at or through her Facebook page, Pencil Ponies. ◼ BY KELLY SHEEHAN • March 2016 • 63 2016 Equestrian Fashion Trends, continued from page 61…

▶ SHOW SHIRTS This was an area where we noticed a shift towards style and comfort utilizing technical fabrics. Innovative new styles and designs in show shirts have become truly exciting allowing a rider to express their individual style, while staying cool and comfortable both in and out of the ring. At $195.00 the Le Fash crossover show shirt features a traditional bib look front and cuffs, making it a perfect show shirt, combined with a soft jersey feel on the side of the shirt with added color creating a look that can be worn from social event to show ring. At $124.00, consider the Essex Classics Talent Yarn show shirt. Essex has infused this show shirt with technology that keeps the fabric white wash after wash – the shirt also keeps you cool and features a perfected standup collar. Essex has also recently added a Pick Stitch show shirt to their line. A subtle Pick Stich on the collar and cuff, combined with Italian silk pattern on the inside collar and cuff make this a shirt that offers the perfect combination of classic looks and unparalleled performance in the show ring. Also offered in kids’ sizes. At $88.00 the RJ Classics Lindin show shirt is another new addition crossover show shirt that offers a white front panel with solid cotton body in four color options. Pattern on the collar and cuffs complete the look. Wear it as a show shirt or out with jeans. At $69.99 the Romfh Competitor show shirt is perfect for the hottest of show days. Features a wrap collar with invisible magnetic snaps, contrasting color inside collar, and embroidered logo on sleeve and chest. This shirt is the best of both worlds: wear it closed for a crisp classic look, or open for a cute polo look.

▶ SCHOOLING SHIRTS Where do we begin? Since we only have so much space we have picked a few stand outs. The name of the game in schooling attire is choice. The fabric is technical. There are so many incredible options out there for riders! These shirts are so gorgeous that you’ll want to wear them even when you’re not riding. For example, Asmar is launching an adorable line of themed polos for Spring 2016. Watch out of for these! Kastel Denmark has updated their line with shirts that include contrasting netting and crystal detail. Equi In Style (EIS) is introducing different patterns and colors, some in block combinations that are really cute.


With every visit, Chagrin Saddlery customers can expect an exceptional shopping experience that leaves them feeling like family. Based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio this equestrian tack shop is known for their commitment to customer service, delivered in their unique way. Chagrin Saddlery’s highly experienced staff can assist in outfitting English riders from a first lesson to showing at the highest levels while offering the most classic styles as well as the edgier European trends. Look for their new ecommerce website coming soon. Dana Miller is a partner at Chagrin Saddlery (located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.) In addition to managing store operations, she has authored a number of articles and blogs regarding Equestrian style. Passionate about equestrian trends, Dana maintains a busy schedule outfitting riders from all over the country including top equitation competitors and IEA/IHSA Teams. You can contact Chagrin Saddlery by visiting their website at

▶ BELTS An obsession at Chagrin Saddlery. We love belts. While there were many options at AETA, there were a few stand outs.

From $79.99-$99.99: Rebecca Ray surprised us all with a leather version of her extremely popular Bridle Stitch Belt in two widths (1.5” and 2”.)This belt allows you From $34.99: C4 Belts are always create a style that is uniquely yours. adding new designs to their line. Not only can you choose from They are really fun and affordable 12 fabulous colors, the buckle is with interchangeable buckles to designed to be removable so that change the look of the belt. You you can add your own buckle to cut the belt to size and so they fit suit your personal style. This belt almost everyone. This is a very cool fits perfectly in breeches with wider schooling belt. Our current favorite belt loops. is the C4 Emoji belt – adorable! From $84.99: The Italian leather Chanel-inspired 2" Quilted “C” Belt made by The Tailored Sportsman is still the rider go-to belt. Comes in many great colors and is offered in suede and leather. From what we saw this year, we’re sure you won’t be able to choose just one.

▶ BREECHES Breeches with contrasting knee patches were very popular at AETA. Wider waistbands and Euroseat are still the norm, and now the sock bottom breech is becoming a solid alternative to the Velco closure found on other styles. At $150.00, RJ Classics updated the Gulf Model Breech to include a style in hunter green with a tan knee patch in lowrise, front zip, Euroseat, and a mesh lower leg panel to ensure the perfect fit under your boots. A beautiful, polished look. At $189.90 The Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter breech was shown in many new colors in Vintage and Black Patch. Colors like Air Force Blue with Tan Patch or Smokin’ Hot with Black Patch were all the rage! From $328.00: The Le Fash City Breech collection is beautifully designed with an array of colors and offer a contrasting knee patch with detailed gold or silver hardware that makes them truly stand out. • March 2016 • 65

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▶ TALL BOOTS Creating a fitted silhouette around the calf and ankles that is tall enough and comfortable for the rider, is every boot fitter’s dream. This year at AETA almost every tall boot had a full length stretch panel, softer leather and increased size options. In the past these features were only offered on high end boots. We were pleased to find tall boots in all price ranges with these features. At $399.99 and to be introduced for Spring 2016, the Tredstep Medici is part of the next generation in Tredstep Ireland boots. Stylish with a hint of patent leather trim detail and full elastic stretch panel for a more precise fit, the Tredstep Medici is sure to be a huge hit with riders. Available in a field and dress boot. At $499.99 the Italian-designed EGO 7 is the answer to an elegant, everyday tall boot. EGO7 tall boots feature soft leather, full-length stretch panel, multi-level spur rests, and 2 insoles to ensure fit. With distinctive and elegant styling the EGO 7 tall or dress boot is definitely one to take a look at.

At $599.00 the Parlanti Essential is an exciting new boot. Handcrafted in Italy, this dress or field boot has been designed for increased durability. Features include a canvas lining, full length stretch panel, soft leather and available in many sizes. Rave reviews are coming in on this boot! 2016 is about making an impression at any event with the latest fashion trends that the horse show world has to offer. With so many stylish options in hunt coats, tall boots, and schooling apparel combined with technical fabrics, you will not only stay cool in the saddle, you’ll look it as well.


Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, Florida 1.








Wellington, Florida, January 13 – April 3, 2016. 1. TPH Intern Margot Hirsch celebrates her ribbon in the 16-17 Small Junior Hunters. 2. Christopher Payne and Marksman after a successful round in the First Year Green Hunters. 3. Leadliners in the International arena before the start of the $75,000 Rosenbaum Grand Prix. 4. Giavanna Rinaldi and Handel’s Classic on a rainy Friday morning in the High Junior Jumpers. 5. Victoria Colvin and Style, awarded the championship in the First Year Green Hunters after winning three of the five classes in the division. 6. Francesca Dildabanian and Checkland ribboned in the large equitation classes. 7. Richie Maloney and Ypajo Yando in the $75,000 Rosenbaum Grand Prix. 8. Mindy Coretz – thrilled to be back in the show ring! PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK.



ARE YOU PROTECTED? By Jay Duke Concussions! The most misunderstood injury in sport. Everyone today is aware of them, and many riders have experienced a blow to the head. I personally have had five concussions from 35 years of competing; the last one changed my life forever, and not in a positive way. I have examined if horse show management and our governing organizations the USEF, Equine Canada (EC), and the FEI are doing enough to protect you and your children. When contacting the largest horse show management groups throughout North America, I received a uniform response, with one notable exception – they all follow the guidelines set out by their federation. Is this enough? What is a concussion? defines a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by an impact to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.” In a recent article in The Atlantic titled “The Limits of Football Helmets” by Jack Moore, Kyle Lamson, a researcher at Xenith, a top football helmet manufacturer added, “A concussion can actually happen without actually hitting your head.” You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury, but other people won’t. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some people within a few hours, others take a few weeks. Some people are never the same. Perhaps one of the most important facts about a concussion is that after the injury occurs, the brain is even more sensitive to being damaged again. Doctors will advise you – while you’re recovering – to avoid from participating in activities that are at a high risk for reinjuring the brain. The Mayo Clinic’s • March 2016 • 67

website states, “After a concussion, the levels of brain chemicals are altered. It usually takes about a week for these levels to stabilize again. However, recovery time is variable, and it’s important for athletes never to return to sports while they’re still experiencing signs and symptoms of concussion.” Riders are going to fall, and sometimes they will suffer trauma to the head. That is a risk that all athletes face. In the case of concussion injury, it is the subsequent blows to the head where the risk is greatest. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 50% of ‘second impact syndrome’ incidents, defined as brain injury caused from a premature return to activity after suffering initial injury – result in death. Among many other complications, concussions can also lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE results from mild traumatic brain injury caused by concussion over a period of time. According to the Mayo Clinic, the injuries may lead to cognitive difficulties emotions and behaviors; they do not become noticeable until many years later. CTE can lead to physical problems as well. Not everyone who has one or more concussions develops CTE. Yes, this is a very serious topic and we need to be aware of the repercussions. So, if a rider sustains a concussion, everyone – the horse show management, the trainer, the rider themselves – better make sure that person is healthy before they resume riding. The responsibility should not fall only on the rider; the federations should ensure that the horse shows are following regulations, and the horse shows should be sure that there is a representative present to witness any falls, and to enforce post-concussion protocol. The FEI guidelines for concussion management direct riders to not return to riding the day of the concussion, and instructs riders they should be evaluated by a medical professional; then medically cleared by one before getting back in the saddle. “If the designated health care provider on site suspects that the athlete may have sustained a concussion, the only means for the athlete to return to riding is to be evaluated and cleared by a licensed medical doctor (M.D.), Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) or a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Concussion Training,” the FEI continues. The language in the FEI regulations is soft. “Should be medically cleared.” “Suspects that the athlete may have sustained a concussion.” The wording is weak. Here is more from the FEI. This sentence says a lot. “Prior to competing, athletes


are required to notify the Event’s Medical Officer if they are currently being treated for concussion symptoms or have been withheld from a competition in the past month due to a neurological injury or symptom.” Do you really think that’s going to happen? Every professional I know gets right back up. They have horses to ride, clients to keep happy, and day’s fee to earn. Plus they are athletes that are competitive, and have been trained to get back on the horse as soon as they fall. Let’s look at the USEF. Their literature on post-concussion protocol states, “In the event of a fall/accident where the competitor is apparently unconscious or concussed, he/she is precluded from competing until evaluated by qualified medical personnel… If the competitor refuses to be evaluated, he is disqualified from the competition.” The USEF goes on to say that if the rider is declared to be concussed by a qualified medical personnel, they will be placed on the Federation Medical Suspension List that will be posted on the Federation’s website. It continues with precise information about when and how riders can return to competition; with different, concise, detailed approval processes for juniors and seniors. Competitors must comply with regulations or they will not be cleared to show. When I read the USEF’s policy, I thought, ‘now this is more like it; sounds much more proactive.’ Now, for Equine Canada. Here is what they have to say... That’s right. Nothing! I was unable to find anything regarding concussion protocol under the EC guidelines. I made repeated calls to the EC head office regarding this matter and finally received a call back. I spoke with Rachel Huebert who confirmed that EC does not have any literature regarding concussions. I asked her if EC would like to make a statement on this matter. Then I offered to create and write a protocol for them, after all I am an official with EC. This was the response I received from Rachel in an email, “Here is what I have found out regarding concussion protocol; EC does not currently have a protocol specific to concussions. This is certainly a potential area for development.” So if horse shows such as Spruce Meadows, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, and Angelstone are following their federation’s guidelines, as they have all confirmed with me, what exactly are they doing? I mentioned earlier that there was one exception in horse show management in regards to safeguarding riders from competing while concussed. Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC is going a step further in regards to this matter. If a judge, steward, or medic witnesses an injury with signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a sports related concussion, concussion protocol comes into effect in line with USEF. This is an excellent step to helping protect the riders. So how can this be improved? The USEF guidelines look good, the FEI poor, and EC, well, in my opinion, not worth mentioning. Why is this important? A few years ago a rider died from obtaining a minor hit to the head while still suffering the effects of a prior concussion! I have mentioned the positive steps the USEF has taken in safeguarding riders, but are the horse shows doing anything about it? Last week at HITS Thermal, a friend of mine fell off in the Grand Prix ring. She was on the ground for over two minutes, unable to get up despite trying to, as she had hit her head. The medics arrived THREE minutes after the fall, which in itself is disturbing. They asked her if she was fine, and she said yes, they did not examine her at all. They let her walk away. The next day she was dizzy and

disoriented. If a rider is on the ground and unable to stand due to a blow to the head, that person is concussed. A few months ago Bertram Allen was disqualified from a Grand Prix victory due to a ‘speck’ of blood on his horse’s flank. Our sport is sending a clear message; the horses welfare is important (as it should be) but the health and care of the riders is irrelevant! I have two suggestions that are easy to implement and will improve rider safety. Many falls that happen in the competition ring do not have the medic attend to the rider. If the rider gets right back up, usually no attention is required. However, you can sustain a knock to the head and get up immediately. For all of you that have shown, you have done this on more than one occasion. In one class I had a horse land in the middle of an oxer, I stayed on but hit my head on the neck. I finished the round and noticed when I was riding out of the ring that I could only see straight ahead, all of my peripheral vision was gone, all black. Instead of going to the medic, I hopped off and directly on to the next horse. Here is my proposal: every class has a judge. If the judge of the class notices that a rider MAY have hit their head, the medic is called and the rider will take a mandatory concussion test. The judge is already there, they are watching, an easy solution to the problem. The second is using new technology. Two of the issues in concussion management is establishing a baseline score for each individual and the time it takes for testing. A possible solution is Headcheck Health, a new app that simplifies the testing process, is more accurate, and keeps track of all the necessary information. Every individual has a record and a score, and the test takes less than five minutes. Here is the link with more info This is a service and a technology that every horse show can and should provide. Making competing at horse shows significantly safer for riders is easy to do. Equestrians would like to be treated as athletes, and that should be the case. The horses are well looked after, riders should be as well. Follow the USEF guidelines that are in place, while improving the information sharing system. Make judges responsible to determine if a rider has hit their head. Use existing technology to test riders and ensure they are healthy. Finally, pressure the FEI and EC to step it up and show management to be responsible in this matter. ◼ • March 2016 • 69

The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour 1.






The Ridge, Wellington, FL, February 2016. 1. McLain Ward. 2. Kelley Farmer won the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on February 5. 3. Ashley Hartman. 4. Russell Frey. 5. Sarah Yandell. 6. Thomas McDermott. PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY.




Karisa Kroslack’s PERSONAL STYLE

1. I am wearing a One K helmet. This is my absolute favorite helmet. I have tried all kinds, but this one has no comparison. It’s lightweight, breathable, and fits all of my hair without moving above where it should sit. Next, I am wearing a brown Ariat vest with blue moisture wicking lining and zipper pockets. I matched K2Grey denim breeches with blue embroidery on the pockets. I like these breeches because they are cute, low-rise, and not so thick that my legs can’t breathe or 4. move. 2. Here, I am wearing an Ariat hunter jacket in dark gray with tan pinstripes. This jacket is tailored very nicely, the fabric has a beautiful, subtle shine and is lightweight. Underneath, I am wearing a light pink Prestige show shirt with an attached collar that snaps closed. I also have on a white pair of K2Grey breeches. These are very comfortable and so stylish. I had been looking for a pair of low rise white breeches and finally I found these in my price range. 3. When anticipating entering the jumper ring, I always like to add a blingy belt for a little extra personality. This one is WholesalebyATLAS. It looks especially good with the extra bedazzle on the white 2KGrey breeches. 4. On cold days I prefer to school in vests – they allow my arms freedom, but still keep me perfectly warm. This brown Ariat vest is well insulated and has an adorable foxhunting pattern on the inside lining. I am also wearing Ovation tall boots. This particular pair is made of soft leather, did’nt require breaking in, and have lasted me several years. ◼ 3. • March 2016 • 71








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The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show - East, Wellington, FL, January 2016. 1. Huge class sizes marked the 2016 CPI Horse Show- East. 2-6, 9. Competition was fierce as riders paired with drawn horses to compete for scholarships and attract the attention of colleges and universities nationwide. 7. IHSA Founder Bob Cacchione. 8. Colleges and universities met with students on site. 10. Riders were evaluated on all aspects of riding. PHOTOS © ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY.



Caitlin Wood with Abigail Brayman

There are two kinds of riders: those who wait for chances to be handed to them, and the ones who are too busy working toward their goals to wait around for anything. Being the best and biggest talent doesn’t automatically make a rider the best role model. Instead, it’s often the person quietly working the hardest to get to the ring who stands shoulders above the crowd in leading by good example. It’s that kind of work ethic that gives younger pony riders such as seven-year-old Caitlin Wood an example to “ride” up to as they learn how to handle the pressures of competition. Not that Caitlin, an accomplished young rider with her pony Clovermeade Call Me Peaches, is feeling the pressure as of yet. When she enters the arena for the short stirrup divisions, there isn’t a shadow of hesitation on the young rider’s face.

She loves the spotlight just as much as her strawberry roan pony, and her favorite memory to date is winning the championship with Peaches at their first show together. The pair, who train with Clair Kellner of Kingsmeade Farm in Lutz, Florida, spent the winter season competing in the short stirrup divisions at the Winter Equestrian Festival, where Caitlin thrived in the show ring environment. As Caitlin continues her riding career she looks up to riders who have carved their own success in the show ring, which is why she looks up to Abigail Brayman. Having riders such as Abigail to look up to as a positive influence is a good start on the long path to clearing bigger jumps, in even bigger arenas. Brayman, 16, knows a lot about leading by example; the junior rider from Ashaway, Rhode • March 2016 • 75


CHARLES ANCONA From New York’s fashion district to the palm trees of South Florida, Charles Ancona has brought his passion for designing superior garments to equestrians who can’t get enough of the custom, innovative label.

“I was in the ski business for many years as a specialist of stretch faric,” explains Ancona. Coming from a world where maximum performance and safety were premium and skiers sought the newest technologies and fabrics, Ancona was shocked to find the horse world so caught up in tradition that they were overlooking the technical details. Charles Ancona sought to change that and push the boundaries of the sport from a completely functional perspective, which developed him a loyal customer following from the start – his entire business has grown by word of mouth. Truly custom and a guaranteed fit have created a cult following, in which Ancona controls all of the details and is always innovating upon. Branding and design for comfort combine in Charles Ancona show jackets, which remain the cornerstone piece of his line. After experiencing the hunter/jumper industry in steamy South Florida, Ancona went to work to design a show jacket that would help the rider deal with the elements, instead of adding to the battle. Dressage shadbellies and training jackets complete the Charles Ancona line. And for hunter riders, built-in cuffs and holes for number strings keep the traditional silhouette, while collar and piping colors make the hunt coats unique. “We can add a low back logo (which is covered by your number in the arena) on a Charles Ancona jacket that originally didn’t have a logo for no charge,” said Ancona. Riders can stop by the Charles Ancona set-up at WEF to shop and enhance their jackets. With the success of his line for adults, Ancona sooned turned into the market of fine apparel for kids, which was met with huge demand. “Kids’ jackets always look so boxy, so I scaled it down from my adult pattern. All of the details on the kids jackets are the same – no shortcuts. These kids want a high-end product- they’re serious athletes too. At Pony Finals, we were so mobbed I could barely get the booth open,” said Ancona. In addition to the high-performing function, customizable options that run the gamut from bright collars to topstitch and piping in any color give the coats a fun touch. Whether the rider wishes to add a touch of subtle piping or color-coordinate overstitch detailing with a statement collar, Charles Ancona’s online ‘build a jacket’ tool instantly puts the features together for online mixing and matching before the final product is sewn. Design your own jacket here: • March 2016 • 77

Island was brought up in the horse industry by her parents Wendy and Matt Brayman. The family’s Hunter Ridge stables, and Matt’s role working at shows in various roles keeps them on the road for much of the year, but that’s how Abigail likes it. She became a sought-after catch rider in the pony divisions, along with riding the horses of Hunter Ridge, learning valuable lessons from her first role models –the ponies– along the way. “I remember doing the short stirrup on my first pony of my own, and I remember getting bucked off every single time we changed to the left lead,” Abigail says. “People would always be like, you should get a new pony, that one is dangerous, but I never wanted to give up on the pony I had. “Ponies taught me to be confident and to keep riding to the jump, because like all horses, they can act up and they’re not perfect. I learned how to take a joke pretty good! But they’ve given me a lot of confidence in the hunter ring in general.” Step by step, Abigail is moving up into the bigger divisions, although she still gets frequent requests to ride ponies for trainers seeking a solid, positive influence on their mounts. Abigail finds herself leaning towards the hunter divisions, where she’s most comfortable, even though her top role model in the sport is show jumper McLain Ward. “I look up to McLain because he is so big in the sport, and not only is he a top rider, he plays a big role in his horses’ care and everything about his program. I look up to that a lot,” she says.

Abigail does all the care herself for the six horses that her family has competing on the winter circuits in Ocala and Wellington, and she still finds the time to ride for other people. Hard work isn’t her only accomplishment, either. In addition to winning IEA Championships at Hunt Seat National Finals in 2014, Abigail was a finalist and top-five finisher in the 2015 USHJA Emerging Athlete Program, and made multiple Pony Finals award appearances. ◼ STORY & PHOTOS ERIN GILMORE

CAITLIN’S HIGHLIGHTS WITH CLOVERMEADE CALL ME PEACHES ‘Peaches’ (Cloe Olympian x Gayfields Redneck Chic)Registered Welsh Pony, 14 year old mare, 12.1 5/8 h. Breeder: Cheryl Patton 2016: • Reserve Champion, Short Stirrup Equitation • ESP New Year’s Winner, Short Stirrup Medal, Venice Equestrian Tour I 2015: • Champion, Short Stirrup Equitation, Ocala Holiday Classic • Reserve Champion, Short Stirrup Hunter, CFHJA December • Reserve Champion, Short Stirrup Hunter, Holiday and Horses • Reserve Champion, Cross-Rail Hunter, CFHJA November • Champion, Cross-Rail Hunter, CFHJA Fall

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Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence by George H. Morris What can I say to sum up this book but, “what a life George has lived.” The people he has met, the champions he has coached, and the top horses he has known. Page after page, chapter after chapter, I kept shaking my head, giggling, or laughing out loud. What a memory the man has! He can recall who won what when and even the round they had, what he had for dinner, and who he partied with that night. Although the book is written about George’s life, it is basically the story of American equine sports. I learned a lot about the development of the sport to where it is today, as well as about the horsemen and women who have gotten us there. There are countless contributors to the book, which goes to show you how many people George Morris has influenced in his lifetime; and not just in the U.S., but around

the world. Reading it, I felt like I was getting a history lesson, and eagerly looked forward to picking it up to continue where I’d left off. There is a lot to take in. It is a long book—more than 600 pages, with several photos. And, it is a tell-all. You will learn things about George Morris that you wouldn’t have ever imagined. Whether it is admitting to some form of cheating to better his chances at a horse show, to wild tales of late-night partying with celebrities and royalty, to the period of time that George left the horse world to pursue his dream of being an actor, there is not a lack of information in this read. However, due to some rather illicit material, I wouldn’t recommend it for children under 16. What I took away from reading Unrelenting was that I could relate to George Morris more than I would

have thought. There are passages that reveal his shortcomings, or his dreams, to which I understood very personally. I certainly would have never expected that when I opened the cover. The book brings a more human light to a man revered as godlike in many circles. People will be talking about this book, so I wouldn’t pass up the chance to get your own copy. ◼ MEGHAN BLACKBURN • March 2016 • 79

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The Ohio Hunter Jumper Association Annual Banquet, Saturday, January 23 at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. 1. Lochmoor crew with ribbons. 2. Medium pony smiles. 3. Patty Rogers accepts Trainer of the Year from Anne Thornbury. 4. Ice sculpture. 5. Lilly Mack. 6. Patty Rogers and Lochmoor Crew. 7. Dana Miller of Chagrin Saddlery • March 2016 • 95


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