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Contents 3

Welcome to WEC


Stable Spotlight


24 Hours in the Life of The Fischetti Brothers


Equine Sales


Junior Rider Focus


Spring & Summer Series 2018 Horse Shows

Horses for sale

featuring Alex Alston

Elements of Style – Part 1: Hunter Derbies Usher in a New Era of Growth for Equestrian Sports by Candace FitzGerald

featuring Sugar Run Farm by Juliana Chapman





The Tech Equestrian


Equestrian Style


Hot Properties

Horse Services for the Digital Age by Juliana Chapman

Hunter & Equitation Style Guide by Dana Miller

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elcome to the Fall issue of the World Equestrian Center Magazine. As the Seasons change, we reflect on a great Summer filled with fun, family and horses. We hope that you enjoyed Summer too with some quality time spent in the saddle.


To us, Fall means back to school, cooler weather and a shift to indoor horse shows. We’re excited for Fall! In 2018, we’ve expanded our Fall Series Horse Shows to include five shows and we’lll celebrate the culmination of our second World Equestrian Center / Kentucky Horse Shows LLC National Hunter Derby Series. Inspired by our unique Hunter Derby collaboration, in this issue we take a look at the history of the Hunter Derby here in the United States and how it has changed and enhanced the show hunter industry. Our 24 Hours feature is double the fun this month as we spend time with twins Jonathon and Joseph Fishchetti of Reflecting Heaven Stables. Driven by a commitment to family values, the twins are balancing business and fatherhood with aplomb.

Our Stable Spotlight shines on the wonderful Sugar Run Farm. Located in Ohio, Sugar Run is a charming show facility, with winning philosophies and a menagerie of horses, ponies, donkeys and minis. Young Alex Alston is the subject of our Junior Rider Focus. Propelled by a passion for riding and a super support team, he’s come a long way from riding ponies to the 3’6” Junior Hunters. The Tech Equestrian column introduces us to a rider who created a valuable equestrian-focused-service fueled by true entrepreneurial spirit. In the Equestrian Style column, stylist Dana Miller shares her knowledge on appropriate dress for the Hunter and Equitation rings. We hope you enjoy the stories in these pages and getting to know the equestrians that contribute to making the World Equestrian Center special. May you have a safe and successful Fall season! God bless,

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We take a moment to shine the spotlight on a featured Barn or Stable to learn a bit about their business, their philosophy, and just hear their story ...

Jen and For the Crown display winning form in the Hunter Derby at WEC Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun

The Dynamic Team of Jen Nadalin and Chris Eadline Behind Sugar Run Farm LLC, Plain City, Ohio has a Rich History of Competitive Riding and Training to Offer their Clients the Best in


he World Equestrian Center Magazine had a chance to learn about their backgrounds, family, work-life balance, horses, and a behind-the-scenes tour of their lovely stable!


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Horsemanship at a World-Class Facility. by Juliana Chapman

The distinct green and white colors of the 25 stall main barn Photo: Michael Parry Jen and Chris with Maximus Photo: Michael Parry

Equestrian Backgrounds Bring Them Together Jen and Chris met in 1992 in Palm Beach, Florida. Jen was riding Amateur hunters and jumpers and selling horses. Chris was grooming and managing Jane Clark’s horses for Leslie Howard at the time. Chris previously had experience working for five-time Olympic show jumper, Anne Kursinski at Hunterdon in addition to running her own business in Southern New Jersey. “We found ourselves complimenting each other, her riding ability was intuitive and I really liked that,” recalled Chris. “Jen had the ability to get the best out of “quirky” and difficult mounts and she still does 25 years later,” noted Chris.

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Above: The horses at Sugar Run Farm admiring the flowers. Photo: Michael Parry Right: Sugar Run Farm displays its spring colors. Photo: Michael Parry

Jen had the ability to get the best out of “quirky” and difficult mounts and she still does 25 years later.

The Midwest was Calling Shortly after they met; Jen went on to manage Coker Farm with Judy Richter and Andre Dignelli but soon decided she missed the Midwest. Leaving Florida behind, she and Chris agreed to move to Central Ohio to start their own business. “We started at Jen’s sister’s farm and eventually built our own place in 1998, which is now, Sugar Run Farm October 2018


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Jen (foreground) and Chris in their ‘home office’ Photo: Michael Parry

We found ourselves complimenting each other... LLC,” said Chris. Jen brought to the table extensive knowledge of barn building because of her background as a general contractor building barns for The Nadalin Company. “When the barn and house were originally built in 1998 there were just 4 stalls and a cornfield,” explained Jen. They had to work


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out of other facilities and over time added on little by little with a focus on efficiency and aesthetics. “We wanted the view from our house to be the best and we were always coming up with things to improve on. I’m in my happy place when I’m tinkering at home and on the farm,” Jen confessed.

“It’s hard to choose a favorite construction project, because they were all unique and special. Otterbein University’s Knowlton Center was a challenge due to scope, however it turned out beautifully and the new Kensley Farm and New Hope Farm projects are also very nice,” Jen said proudly.

I’m in my happy place when I’m tinkering at home and on the farm.

LYSS annual Holiday party inlcudes festive dress.

In 2001, Chris became the Assistant Director in the Equine Department at Otterbein University and an IHSA Regional Director up until 2005. Above: Caroline with one of her favorite mounts, Maximus. Photo: Michael Parry Left: Jen and Caroline at this year’s Great Lakes Festival. Photo: Chris Eadline

A Welcome Addition Their daughter Caroline was born in 2005 and started riding at a very

early age. “She has been a joy to watch as she learns and progresses on both ponies and horses,” Chris smiled. Caroline is 13 now and rides in the pony hunters, equitation, children’s hunter and high children’s jumper, with the plan to soon move up. She helps with riding, daily chores, night check, and organizing the stable to help keep things running at Sugar Run. “We hope one day she will take it over and carry on the business, if she wants to.”

A Sweet Oasis at Sugar Run The expansive farm features a 25 stall heated main barn with offices and tack rooms. There are two additional barns, the retired and Quality. Class. Distinction.

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Stable Spotlight: Sugar Run Farm

Our training philosophy is pretty straight forward,” stated Chris. “We believe in helping every horse and rider find their comfort zone ... heated pony barns with another 15 stalls combined and attached are large run in stalls. For turnout, there are 10 grass pastures and 6 all weather paddocks and to provide their clients an all-year-round riding environment they have a 170’ x 80’ indoor ring, a 120’ x 220’ sand ring, and a 6 acre grass riding


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field equipped with natural jumps including a bank and a ditch jump.

more that are lease horses,” Chris detailed.

“Our 20 customers focus on the hunter/jumper discipline and range from ponies to Grand Prix. There are currently 45 horses on the property with about 25 that are active showing horses and several

“We rely on our staff, which is headed by Katie Borden, assistant trainer and barn manager, to keep things organized. Katie does everything from riding, to

Caroline aboard Pingree in the NAL Classic at Country Heir. Photo: Anne Gittins

Chris, Caroline and Jen at the OHJA Banquet 2018 Photo: Chris Eadline

Jen has a way with quirky horses. She is patient with them and adapts to each horses needs. That’s a real break from traditional methods ... Photo: Michael Parry

teaching to keeping up with records and medical treatments. Gustavo Dominguez is our facility manager and can also do anything…including fix everything!” explained Chris. A typical day at the farm you’ll find Jen up at 5:00 am, since she is a morning person. This is her time

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to focus on the books and return emails, since her days are filled with training, sales, and riding. “We usually organize the day over coffee, although it seems like things are always changing before we can get them started!” Chris pointed out. Chris handles the logistics and planning of the day-to-day

Photo: Michael Parry

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Competition & Professional HIGHLIGHTS:

Many zone and top national ‘horse of the year’ in Amateur Jumper and Amateur Hunter HITS Ocala Circuit Best Amateur Rider and Circuit Champion

USEF Zone V Trainer Sportsman of the Year

Winner of multiple national derbies Was 2x trainer of the year for OHJA

Several National and Regional awards with the hunter ‘Mountaineer’ and jumpers ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Company Man’ Several top finishes in Grand Prix

Trained several zone and regional winners

2x Sportsmanship award for OHJA Trained a National Children’s Hunter Champion ‘Ramazotti’

Jen checking the jumps in the sand ring. Photo: Michael Parry

We feel very blessed to be able to do this and have wonderful customers in our barn. operations and that includes vet and farrier care as well as all vendor and customer relations. Then there is the fine balance of managing their ‘mom duties’ with Caroline.


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Happy Horses, Happy People “Our training philosophy is pretty straight forward,” stated Chris. “We believe in helping every horse and rider find their comfort zone, which

Sugar Run Farms 120’ x 220’ sand ring

means we don’t over-train.” She pointed out that a majority of the horses jump very little at home, and instead the training and focus is on flatwork and fitness. “As I said before, Jen has a way with quirky horses. She is patient with them and adapts to each horse’s needs. That’s a real break from traditional methods, but it works for us and we have had a lot of success with some tough horses,” said Chris. Even though they both own several horses and ponies, Jen likes to keep one horse for herself. Currently she is riding “For the Crown”, (barn name: Will) who is a 16.2 hand 12-year-old chestnut gelding that they have owned for 2 years. “He’s been a lovely horse for some other top trainers, but has a couple ‘special needs,’” Jen explained. “He’s a versatile horse and likes the show ring but needs trail rides to keep him happy and he always makes me smile, so we call him my emotional support horse!” said Jen with a laugh. Jen is also riding Westeros (barn name: Renly) who is a 17 hand 11-year-old chestnut gelding. Jen has worked with him for owner Katie Jordan for about 4 years. “He’s a wonderful horse who Quality. Class. Distinction.

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For the Crown

Stable Spotlight: Sugar Run Farm


Circuit Champion WEC 2018 in 3’3 performance hunters Circuit Champion Great Lakes Equestrian Festival 2018 “GLEF 3’ Hunters”

Our goal for this year is to have our customers reach their goals ...and enjoy the journey along the way.”

Jen and For the Crown winning the Hunter Derby at WEC in April 2018 Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun

shows in the Performance Divisions and some Derbies. He’s a big, lovely, kind “St. Bernard” that can do anything,” she said and added, “I’m also really lucky to show several horses, owned by the Gajoch family.” Sugar Run Farm shows all winter at the World Equestrian Center and absolutely loves it! “We feel very blessed to be able to do this and have wonderful customers in our barn. It’s a lot of work, but at the end of the day we feel good about stewarding animals and people through this sometime chaotic horse world,” said Chris. “Our goal for this year is to have our customers reach their goals and potential and enjoy the journey along the way.”


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Hi, I’m Jon

Hi, I’m Joe

…we don’t start our day without getting coffee from the local gas station... ...which is cheaper because they give it to us free…

amily is always first when it comes to Jonathon and Joseph Fischetti. The twins’ humble beginnings as trainers began when they opened Reflecting Heaven Stables in Springs, Pennsylvania in 2005. Soon outgrowing their first facility, Jon and Joe opened a new larger facility in Grantsville, Maryland in the summer of 2011. Professional horse trainers, business partners, twin brothers and new dads,

Jonathon and Joseph Fischetti are completely simpatico, sharing the same philosophy in all aspects of their very full lives.

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as told to Emily Papa

…people laugh at us… but our lunch really consists of tortillas and peanut butter and jelly... Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.

ourselves. We’re kind of particular about our rings. Are fences set up properly? Are lines set up properly? Joe We pick up and tear down our courses as need-be. We’re kind of our own ring crew a good majority of the time.

8:00 a.m. Joe We usually communicate with each other before we ever get to the barn. We’ll sometimes take turns picking each other up, whomever texts first. Sometimes we’ll walk to the barn. We usually try to get to the barn around 8. Jon When we start at 8 o’clock, we like to prep all of the rings Quality. Class. Distinction.

Jon I’ll start doing the drag, and Joe will go to the local gas station and get coffee…we don’t start our day without getting coffee from the local gas station. Joe Which is cheaper because they give it to us free…they always have.

9:00 a.m. Jon We start our training rides around 9 o’clock. We like to do those first in our day. It’s great, we’re eyes for each other. Joe It’s always been helpful; it’s like iron sharpening iron a little bit. We’re always trying to sharpen each other’s training techniques, skills and trouble shooting…by putting two minds together.

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Above: Jon enjoys his work both in and out of the office. Left: Photo: Hoof Print Images

Jon We swap horses frequently. Joe So that way we feel different horses and they feel different riders. We can feel out what each other’s been saying. Jon I feel like a lot of our success is that he rides and trains very similarly


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to me, and we’re very different in the way we represent or approach a perspective, but we both have the same goals in mind. So we’ll switch off if he’s been doing lessons for a rider for a while. He’ll have me come in and teach, or at least assist, so that I see something he’s missing.

12:00 p.m. Jon We usually do all of our rides by 12 o’clock, and then we re-drag our arenas and regroup because our barn really changes flow around mid-afternoon. That’s when all of our lesson people come in.

Joe I teach anywhere between 5-10 lessons a day, which can include semi-private lessons. Our lesson program is pretty good-sized. Family is always top priority for both Jon and Joe.

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Jon If there’s not lessons starting, Joe will pick up a few extra sale rides while I do the office work. Like our course work, we’re kind of particular about how everything flows, so I do all of my own office work. I do all of my own sales inventory, videoing, editing, and replying to emails. October 2018


Twin Talk On Inspiration

Jon What inspires us is the people who succeed and don’t give up, but don’t cheapen out any integrity to get there. A lot of people who work hard and want to succeed in this business skip a level of integrity that my brother and I were brought up on with our family and faith. How do we be successful in what we do without sacrificing the fact that family is important to us? For us, any athlete, not just in this sport, that knows how to


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balance being an athlete while still making parenting a number-one… those people that can represent that kind of value that we approach this with…I think that’s what inspires us. Joe My brother inspires me, too. Jon We push each other on a lot of times if we’re a little in a slump.

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Joe We both agree we kind of eat lunch on the run. As I head out to the ring, I walk through my lounge…people laugh at us…but our lunch really consists of tortillas and peanut butter and jelly. Jon Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked. Makes our day without fail. Joe There are days when I would be like, “I don’t feel like riding today.” Then I’d see him and be like, “He looks great, I’m getting on and riding.” That’s inspiring to see. Jon It reminds us of why we do it. Because we love it. Joe We push for excellence and it’s a lot easier if we’re pushing each other.

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5:00 p.m. Jon We’re usually toning down what we’re doing at the barn between 5 and 6. Our families are close by, so if they need to come down and visit us they can. Sometimes I’ll have my son on my back and he’ll do a piggy-back lesson. When we’re getting down to the end of the day we kind of regroup and re-plan the next day. We’re also really big, again, about ring maintenance. We always leave the barn the same way it looked at the beginning of the day. So if we prep it in the morning, we prep it again that night right before we leave.

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Twin Talk On Family

Jon Our success as a business was a family heritage. Sometimes, in this sport, you see that dying now and then. That’s why we make it a big deal. Our whole family lives just down the lane: me and my family, Joe and his family, and our parents. It’s like Fischetti Lane. It’s cool because, when we need something, there’s always a family member to help out in some way.

Reflecting Heaven Stables is a true family affair, with frequent visits from the entire Fischetti family.

Jon A lot of times, the beginning of the next day will actually start the night before. The success lies in the details of knowing that we’re on the same page of what we’re doing tomorrow.


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Evenings Jon We’re a typical horse family so depending on whether my wife’s at the barn or I’ve been at the barn late, we’ll either cook supper together or make something quick. It’s not a big deal that we have an overly-planned huge meal, as long as we’re a family and we’re spending it together.

Joe We are dads, that’s our profession as well. I love reading to my daughter. Even when I’m gone at a horse show, I’ll call and read to my daughter in the evening.

Midnight Jon We do night check, but it’s nice because we have Nest cameras so you can view everything. I’ll still go down to the barn though usually around midnight.

24 Hours in the Life of The Fischetti Brothers

We both have full-time-working wives. They work a normal life, unlike a trainer’s life, so we close on Sundays so that we can go with our families to church in the mornings. Even though it’s very easy to say, “This is a day that a lot of people can fit in lessons,” Sunday is a day that I can see my kids or we can do something as a family. It’s not that we won’t be at the barn, but a lot of times we’ll ride as families at the barn. That’s kind of a big deal to us. When they’re

off, we’re off so we can make it family time. Joe We’re new dads, too, so that’s really changed things. Our hobbies now are geared toward what our kids are learning and developing. My daughter is 3 and a half years old and my son is 14 months old. Jon’s son is 2 and a half years old.

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Callatos 614.937.3745

Johnstown, OH


Holsteiner Sex Age Hands G 14 16.0

Hunters Court Farm proudly offers for sale: Callatos, a 16h, Holsteiner. “Cola” is SUPER SAFE. Will not stop, auto lead change and goes from the 3’ hunters to Eq to National Hunter Derbies where he can take the high options with ease. Show record includes the WEC, Kentucky & Brave Horse. USEF number: 5193129. Contact Nicole Parrill.


Lexington, KY


Wee Begin 616.550.7225

Lexington, KY

German Riding Pony Sex Age Hands G 10 14.1

Inquire for sale price

Wee Begin aka “Cat” is an amazing large pony! Huge step, gorgeous mover, easy changes and a sweet personality! He was end of the year champion in the Large Childrens Pony! Contact Vanessa Mazzoli.

Malbec 814.279.4952

Grantsville, MD


Oldenburg Inquire for sale price Sex Age Hands G 5 16.0

Altair (VDL Navarone x Sales Topper) is a registered 17hh KWPN mare. Solid record in the Intermediate Adults and room to go higher. Always gets a piece of the hack and is easy enough for an amateur. Altair was second in the U.S. as a two year old for Dutch Sport Horse In Hand and would make an excellent broodmare prospect. She is located in Lexington, KY. Contact Kathleen.

Super personality, movement and jump. Competing in the baby greens currently and winning. Ready for the 3Ft Green division. Very smooth with an auto change! Priced in the mid 5 figures!

KWPN Mare Sex Age Hands M 13 17.0

Volt 814.279.4952

Grantsville, MD

Bailey 814.279.4952

Grantsville, MD

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Warmblood Inquire for sale price Sex Age Hands M 4 15.3

Nice children’s/adult horse that can step up and take his rider to the 3ft+ EQ ring and also the hunters! Campaigned all year successfully with last rider,qualified for junior finals this year too! Been doing the THIS medal and other EQ classes all year. Honest at the jumps.24 Lease -low fives2018 figures.Sale- mid/high 5 figures. USEF: 5321882. October

W/t/c and started over small courses. Good lead change! This mare has all the pieces for a super small junior /AO hunter prospect! Priced reasonably to sell! Low 5 figures!

German Warmblood Sex Age Hands G 8 16.1

Sarah’s work features hand carved and printed Equestrian artwork. A unique take on traditional printing, this custom artwork is modern yet classic. CONTACT: 513-872-9016 Quality. Class. Distinction.


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With a trio of terrific new mounts and an incredible



this junior rider is moving up the ranks toward his goal of ....





How did you get into riding? I started riding when I was 5 years old. I had a neighbor that rode with Lindsay Yinger so I decided I wanted to do the same. Ever since 2009, I have been riding at Lindsay Yinger Show Stables.

Alex and Ecuador Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun Photo: Josh Winslow


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Alex and his sponsor, Juanita Furuta, holding Ecuadro and Steel the Dream. Photo: Josh Winslow


Photo: Anne Gittens


Did you own your own pony?


I currently own a pony named Erin Meadows Irish Crème that I used to show in the Short Stirrup. He is such a great pony who has taught me a lot in my riding. I showed ponies for two years.


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What division do you show in now? Now I own three horses that I show in the Junior Hunters and Equitation. Their names are Steel the Dream, Ecuador and Cash. I have had Steel the Dream, who’s barn name is Teddy, for about 1 year now. I have had Ecuador for 7 months. I just recently got another horse named Cash. I got Ecuador and Cash from Missy Clark and John Brennan art North Run.

Left: Alex with Brooke Alexander at the 2018 Jr. Hunter championships. October 2018 29 Right: Alex with IEA teammate Tyler Ferris.

Above: Alex with friends Jenna Howard and Madelyn Fisher. Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun Top Left: Alex and Ecuador in the Junior Hunters. Photo: Josh Winslow Far Left: Alex and his horses at WEC. Left: Alex and Steel the Dream.

I currently show in the 3’6� Junior Hunters on my horses Teddy and Cash and in the equitation on my horse Ecuador. I qualified for Junior Hunter Finals this summer. One of my favorite memories from riding includes being circuit champion at World Equestrian Center on my junior hunter Steel the Dream.




What are your goals? In the future, I hope to qualify and compete at the big Equitation finals and Indoors. I also hope to one day be competing at the Grand Prix level. How do you balance school and riding? In the morning, I usually work on my online school. After I finish my work, I spend the rest of the day at the barn riding and caring for my horses. October 2018



What do you like to do other than riding? In my free time I like to watch movies with my friends and participate in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Who are some people who have helped or influenced you? I want to thank all the people in my life that have helped me get to where I am today. I would like to give a big thank you to my parents, my trainers Lindsay Yinger and Courtney Newby. Chagrin Saddlery for helping me look my best in and out of the show ring, and of course my sponsor, Juanita Furuta. Without all of them, I would not have had the amazing opportunities to ride and compete. Follow Alex on Instagram - @alex__alston

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Wilhelm Genn & Van Gogh in the WEC $25,000 Grand Prix.


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by Candace FitzGerald


ompleted just in time for the Spring & Summer Series horse shows, the newly constructed World Equestrian Center outdoor horse show complex was unveiled on May 23rd to rave reviews. The new facility features spacious Hunter and Jumper rings with dedicated warm ups, all weather footing and a massive shade pavilion designed for the comfort of horses, caregivers and spectators.


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All Photos (excluding aerial): Third Shutter from the Sun

Jennifer Farless & Strictly Business

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Spring & Summer Series 2018 Horse Shows

Now in their third year, the World Equestrian Center Spring & Summer Series shows were well attended, having grown steadily year over year. Exhibitors were complementary of the new outdoor complex, noting the great footing that held up even after significant weather, the convenient layout of the rings and the proximity to stabling. Each week, the Spring & Summer Series included feature Jumper classes that attracted top riders, three Hunter Derbies, as well as an array of divisions that


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Spring & Summer Series 2018 Horse Shows

1&7. Dogs love WEC! 2. Richard Reinhart & Quick Tempo $7,500 Futures Prix winners joined in the ring by his family. 3. Wilhelm Genn & Van Gogh winners of the WEC $25,000 Grand Prix 4. Jennifer Farless & Strictly Business winners of the USHJA 3' Non Pro Hunter Derby 5. Wilhelm Genn & Van Gogh 6. Kady Abramson & Charline 28 winners of the WEC $25,000 Grand Prix presented by Tribute Equine Nutrition 8. Better than a golf cart! 9. Kady Abramson & Charline 28 10. Ryan Genn & For Advance - WEC Summer Series III $5,000 Welcome Stake winners

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allowed trainers developing young horses and bringing along students of all abilities to enjoy the outdoor horse show experience. After hours events included exhibitor parties with great food and live music at the Paddock Club, along with the weekly Cadets Program clinics that attracted junior riders eager to sharpen their horsemanship skills.


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Spring & Summer Series 2018 Horse Shows

11. Wilhelm Genn & Van Gogh, WEC $25,000 Grand Prix winners during Summer Series I and II 12. Sam Pegg and Hilma, reserve in the WEC Summer Series II $25,000 Grand Prix

At the Summer Horse Show III (August 8-12) the World Equestrian Center held the inaugural CMH Hoofless Derby 5k to benefit the Wilmington High School Cross Country team. The World Equestrian Center mascot, Sandy Bottoms, showed his running spirit as the ‘spokespony’ for the event. More than 130 runners signed up for the event, which raised more than $3,500 for the team, who plans to use the proceeds for new uniforms.

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In 2015, Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson and ridden by Liza Boyd, became the only horse in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship history to win three Derby Championships. Photo: Tricia Booker/USHJA

The Hunter Derby is having a moment in American

equestrian sports. In fact in the past decade, Hunter Derby competition has accounted for some of the most dramatic growth in the Hunter / Jumper industry, gaining popularity year over year while presenting exciting new opportunities for both professional and amateur Hunter riders.

According to the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 1,330 riders and 2,250 horses have enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby series, which has included 600 competitions. The USHJA reports that Derby enrollment numbers in 2018 are up to 278 horses enrolled, which is a record number in a single year. More than $12.7 million in prize


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More than $12.7 “ million in prize money

will have been awarded to International Hunter Derby competitors in the United States by the end of 2018.” money will have been awarded to International Hunter Derby competitors in the United States by the end of 2018. There are currently 19 riders who have lifetime earnings at six figures or more competing in the International Hunter Derbies. The now retired ‘Jersey Boy’ owned by Susan B. Schoellkopf of SBS Farms

and campaigned by veteran Hunter rider Jennifer Alfano holds the equine title for the most Hunter Derby money won at $297,851 in lifetime winnings. Hunter Derby courses are built to reward brilliance and courage from the riders and to

A beautifully appointed Hunter Derby course in the R+L Arena at WEC.

demonstrate true athletic ability and jumping talent from the horses. The stylish, creatively designed courses are what set Hunter Derbies apart from regular Hunter competition. Hunter Derbies range in height to accommodate different levels of horse and rider. They are scored numerically and each level offers “high options” which when taken, allow for additional points. Many shows offer 2’6” entry level Hunter Derbies, as well as USHJA sanctioned National Hunter Derbies, where fences are set at 3’ with 3’5” options, and International Hunter Derbies which are set at a more challenging 3’6” with 4’ and 4’3” options. USHJA even offers USHJA Pony Hunter Derby classes to give pony riders a taste of the derby experience.

Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, has won the most prize money of any horse competing in the USHJA International Hunter Derby program with $297,851 in total earnings. In 2017, he was retired during a special retirement ceremony during the 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. Photo: Tricia Booker/USHJA Quality. Class. Distinction.

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The elegance of “ International Hunter Derby competitions make for stunning spectacles ...”

Hunter course which is judged on overall style and brilliance, followed by a handy Hunter course. A team of judges provide numerical scores for each Hunter Derby round, which are then averaged out over the course of the competition.

The elegance of International Hunter Derby competitions make for stunning spectacles where top horses and riders compete over beautifully designed and decorated courses, which are what provide the largest distinction between Derby

Above: Tori Colvin rode Brad Wolf’s Private Practice to top honors in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. Photo: Tricia Booker/USHJA


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In 2016, Course designers Bobby Murphy and Danny Moore partnered with a group of sand sculpture artists to build elaborate sand sculptures as part of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship course that year. Photo: Tricia Booker/USHJA

competition and regular Hunter classes. All competition takes place over natural type obstacles that simulate what a horse and rider might find in the Hunt field – fallen logs, birch poles, gates, coops and roll top fences that are decorated with flowers and greenery. Course designers have also incorporated

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a next level creativity into their courses, by including themes like the now iconic sandcastles into top Hunter Derby competition. International Hunter Derbies have attracted media attention and gained a spectator base of enthusiasts that enjoy the mix of classic tradition and modern athleticism that defines the sport. International Hunter Derby competitions are now frequently added to premiere spots on live streaming schedules at horse shows across the country. This year marked the 10th annual Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship where defending Champion Tori Colvin and Brad Wolf ’s Private Practice gave an extraordinary performance, achieving an impressive 16.5-point victory over her peers to capture the title and top check in the $289,730 Championship. The pair earned remarkable near perfect base scores of 96, 95 and 96 and earned 28 of the 30 available handy bonus points against the best horse and rider combinations in the country.


World Equestrian Center In 2018, the World Equestrian Center Fall Series will host three Hunter Derbies each week:

$2,000 $2,500 $2,500

Non Pro Hunter Derby 2’6” USHJA National 3’ Hunter Derby USHJA National 3’ Hunter Derby Non Pro

The different levels are designed to encourage participation and to support developing horses and riders.

The World Equestrian Center Invitational (October 23-28) will feature:

$15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Open $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby – Non-Pro $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

In addition, the World Equestrian

Center and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC will crown the winners of the National Hunter Derby Series, a collaboration that included 11 National Hunter Derbies held in Kentucky and Ohio. Leading Rider bonuses equaling $20,000 will be awarded at the World Equestrian Center Invitational in October 2018 for the top Professional, Amateur and Junior riders. Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun

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Top Hunter rider Havens Schatt pilots Caemlyn Z to the win in the $30,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the 2017 World Equestrian Center Invitational. Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun


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Above: Entrance to the Sanctuary Arena, the site of top Hunter Derby competition at the WEC Invitational each October. Photo: Tracy Emanuel Right: The R+L ring at WEC decorated for Sunday morning Hunter Derby competiton during the Fall Series.

International Hunter “ Derbies have ... gained a

spectator base of enthusiasts that enjoy the mix of classic tradition and modern athleticism ...”

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Elements of Style - Part 1

World Equestrian Center General Manager Brandon Saxton and Nikki DiConza from JOTT USA present the trophy to Havens Schatt and Caemlyn Z for their $30,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby win, October 2017. Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun

Above: World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows recognizes top pro, amateur and junior riders in the 2017 Hunter Derby Series Finale. Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun Photo: Third Shutter from the Sun

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A Conversation with Top Hunter Derby Course Designers


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Jeff Gogul and Arturo, owned by Abby Wagner, captured the win in the $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the World Equestrian Center Invitational in 2017. Photos: Third Shutter from the Sun



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“I grew up on a dairy farm and my family bred Arabians,” recalled Pleiness. “I was not into Barbie dolls when I was young, it was all about the horses.” When she was eleven she saved up and bought her first horse and realized her dream of riding in the Morgan World Championships when she was 17 by taking a working student job with a top trainer in that industry. “Horses have always been there for me and I’ve ridden different breeds and disciplines that have brought me so many great experiences,” she said. During her college years she rode October 2018 and also had experience riding stock horses and Saddlebreds when she was younger. dressage


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The Tech Equestrian: Horse Services for the Digital Age

To further broaden her riding resume she now competes in jumpers and equitation in the hunter/jumper world.

B ra i d i ng Business Spur s the Id ea Misty taught herself how to braid when she was 17 to help pay her way to the Morgan World Championships and has been doing it ever since. “There were times when I had to stay late at a show just waiting for a check, or wait for

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I was not into Barbie dolls when I was young, it was all about the horses.”

Saving You 500 Hours a Year Imagine being able to coordinate vet services, farrier work, hauling, clipping, braiding and more simply from an app on your phone – talk about a time saver! “The free app to download should take less time than a single lesson to initially set up everything for your entire barn and then it will be seamless and automated. The barns that

Misty Pleiness competing with Valor Z at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in 2017.

are using HorseLinc are able to schedule braiding services for 20 horses for a week of showing in under 5 minutes, if you use the scheduling option, and then pay for

those services for the whole barn in about 10 seconds,” explained Pleiness. “It’s similar to signing up for Uber, once you have an account and credit card information, the experience from that day forward is convenient and easy.” The app is designed not only to save time for trainers, but also for service providers, barn managers and owners. “HorseLinc cuts out the step of entry management that other barn management apps require, instead reducing the number of steps required in the management of all the services for your horses. My hope is to save you time, which is precious to everyone in the horse industry!” What would you do with that much extra time?

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A pp Feedback The app launched a major update to be available for all service providers in early June and Pleiness reported, “We have gotten a lot of great feedback from the users of the app, the most common being how easy it is to use and how much time it saves!” She is thankful for the feedback since it was one of her goals to save everyone time and effort. “In addition, I’ve gotten constructive feedback on extra features that we are incorporating into the next rollout including the

ability to have multiple owners for a horse with customizable percentages (particularly for the racehorse industry) and expanded reporting capabilities,” she added.

Secure Data is a Priority Pleiness has a Masters in Accounting and Information Systems from Michigan State University and studied database design as part of her degree. In her day job, she audits computer systems to make sure they are giving the

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Favorite correct numbers to the financial auditors for large publicly traded companies. This experience gave her the ability to direct the design and coding of the app with the team at SnapMobile, one of the top mobile app development companies in the US. “I was very interested in finding technology that would keep the

Horses have always been there for me and I’ve ridden different breeds and disciplines that have brought me so many great experiences. user’s data as safe as possible in the current environment and utilizing organizations for this that will stay on the leading edge of security.” With the help of SnapMobile they helped her identify Stripe for use in payment processing behind the scenes of the app. Stripe is used in approximately 80% of all financial transactions made through mobile apps, including Amazon, and is known for its ease of use and security measures. Payment


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information is not actually stored in the app, but is stored by Stripe and used by them. “At HorseLinc, we do not house or manage any of the payment data, it is securely held and managed by Stripe,” she explained.


Gadget: Ice cream maker App (besides HorseLinc): Waze Website: Horse show and weather websites Online shopping site: Amazon Social media site: Instagram

Other personal profile information is securely housed in a cloud service provided by Amazon. “I invest in the top app support companies to instill trust and reliability with my users,” she stressed. “In addition, my professional background in information security technology has come in handy when identifying vendors and knowing the questions to ask of them. By having one place to store the user’s payment information, it increases data security and brings the convenience of making only one change if you need to change the payment information.”

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WEC Bac k g r o u n d Pleiness’ history with the World Equestrian Center goes all the way back to when it was the Roberts Arena. She grew up showing Morgan’s and competed at the Ohio Buckeye Challenge (a Morgan breed show) at Roberts Arena for several years. “I enjoy the facility and I’m amazed how much it has transformed into a world-class venue. The great thing is they have managed to keep the friendly vibe and family atmosphere which helps attract people and keep them coming back.”

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Equestrian Style: Hunter & Equitation Style Guide

... a polished look sets the winner apart, with the rider’s turn-out equally as important to the judge when deciding who gets the blue.


iders on any budget can look the part of a National Champion by simply following the tried and true guidelines laid out below.

HELMET Let’s begin at the top. The importance of an ASTM/SEI certified, properly fitted helmet cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Selecting and sizing a properly fitted helmet is essential. While there are many popular options available on the market, the ideal helmet should be black and conservatively styled, such as the Samshield Shadowmatt, Charles Owen AYR8 or GPA Speed Air. The introduction of wide brimmed


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helmets such as the GPA First Lady and the Samshield Miss Shield are also now widely accepted into the show ring. An experienced helmet fitter will begin by sizing you in a helmet with your hair contained in a hairnet. The fitter will make sure it fits snugly and comfortably. The front brim of the helmet should not sit more than two fingers’ width above your eyebrows. Once the perfect helmet has been selected, we always advise our clients to wear it in the store for at least 10 minutes to make sure it is comfortable, and, speaking of hairnets, the show ring is not the time to go temporarily from brunette to blond. Hairnets and hair bands must match the color of the rider’s hair and secure the locks neatly halfway over the rider’s ears. A hot pink hair band, while pretty, will be distracting while you are riding a course of eight jumps.

HUNT COATS The hunt coat is the most important part of a rider’s attire. A properly fitting hunt coat completes a polished look in the saddle.

Conservative is the order of the day when it comes to selecting a hunt coat. A dark (ideally navy blue or black) properly fitting hunt coat will elongate a torso and present an elegant image. Whether your preference is a solid color or one with a subtle trim on the collar, hunt coats are available today in a variety of breathable, stretchy woven technical fabrics that retain their shape, wick moisture, and often are machine-washable and weather resistant. An experienced equestrian stylist will fit the hunt coat with the length being two fingers or slightly less from your bottom. The hem of the sleeve should almost reach the knuckle where your thumb begins. That will allow one-quarter inch of the shirt cuff to show when the arms are bent holding the reins. Popular options include the RJ Classics Monterrey Hunt Coat or Alessandro Albanese Motion Lite Jacket, which is perfect for warmer weather. A properly fitting hunt coat can hide a myriad of flaws and truly enhance your look. A polished

A perfectly fitting hunt coat will create that polished look in the saddle which will help you shine in the ring.

look in the saddle will certainly stand out.

SHIRTS Thanks to the athleisure movement, show shirts offered in technical fabric have become the norm. The versatility of


Chloe White, 2017 Grand Junior Hunter Champion, Devon Horse Show. Chloe is wearing a Samshield Premium helmet. The conservative Alcantara suede exterior look of this helmet makes it an excellent choice for both the hunter and equitation rings. Quality. Class. Distinction.


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these shirts to go from “street to stable� have become the norm for many manufactures. Because a show shirt is hidden by a hunt coat, a rider can look professional in the ring and then remove their coat to uncover a stylish look. Other features of show shirts include mesh under the arms to facilitate air circulation and fabric that has actual cooling properties. Essex Classics, Alessandro Albanese and LeFash are very popular among equitation riders.


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Shirts are designed with collars that neatly snap or magnetically close. Comfort and movement are most important when sizing a show shirt. The collar should fit neatly without being too snug or loose. The body should be fitted with ample room across the back and bust. When it comes to color, white is the safest choice in the equitation ring. However, the advent of fun, brightly colored, printed collar and cuffs, lace detail and LeFash white tuxedo front and bamboo fabric contrasting sides, leaves some room

for individuality when out of the show ring.

BREECHES Technical breeches constructed of lightweight fabrics allow for freedom of movement and comfort. Details including subtle branding, knee patches which are micro suede or grippy silicone are being employed to give each breech their own look combined with incredible fit, stretch and comfort, while being appropriate for the hunter and equitation rings.

At any show a tailored appearance is a must. Breeches should be snugly fitted and wrinkle free, not tight or baggy. The Euro seat breech in a low or mid-rise is the most popular style

A traditional white Essex Classics show shirt is a perfect fit for any championship class.

Breeches are designed to allow the rider freedom of movement in the saddle.

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worn in the ring. Available in front or side zip, these breeches can be found in a variety of styles from popular manufactures. Breeches should always be worn with an appropriately sized, black belt. The belt width should match the size of the belt loops. A skinny belt worn with breeches that have 2”

belt loops will not offer the sleek look that a wider belt will achieve. Popular options include the Equiline Bice breech (same breech as the Ash without the leg branding,) For Horses Remie breech and Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter breech. When it comes to accessories, less is more. Your riding should be the only thing shining in the show ring. Children under the age of 13 should wear jodhpurs unless otherwise directed. Paddock boots should be partnered with matching garter straps worn just below the knee. Paddock boots and garters may be black or brown. Make sure the jodhpurs are long enough. We often see children in jodhpurs that


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Emma Kurtz has won numerous national titles in hunters and equitation. Conservative style and classic elegance are part of her winning style in the irons.

are too short. When trying them on, they should be a touch long. The length will be perfect once the heal is down in the irons. This also elongates the leg.

BOOTS Nowhere does the old phrase “Spit and Polish” apply more aptly than to a rider’s boots. A shiny, properly fitted, tall boot, is one of the first things that catches a judge’s eye. There is no better way to emphasize ideal leg position, which is tantamount to winning in the equitation classes, than wearing a properly fitted pair of tall boots. The advances in the design of boots today allow for a “custom” fit without necessarily buying a custom boot. Such boots offer riders many options in height and calf width. An experienced boot fitter will take these areas into consideration when sizing a rider for boots. As a rule of thumb, boots must be fitted a bit on the tall side to allow for dropping. Spanish cut tops (which are higher on the outside of the leg than on the inside and elegantly curved) are a boon for riders with short legs.

A properly fitting tall boot will emphasize ideal leg position. As a rule of thumb, tall boot height should be just below the knee. Always make sure your boots are clean and polished. Pictured is the Parlanti Denver Dress Boot.

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Tucci, Parlanti, and Fabbri offer stock and semi-custom options that will meet a variety of needs.

GLOVES Complete your winning look with a pair of black gloves. Synthetic “leather look” gloves are “hands-down” the choice of many competitors. Not only are they machine washable, but they are often less expensive than their leather counterparts. Although some riders still prefer real leather to synthetics, there is no

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challenge to any judge. Turn-out can turn-around the order of finish on the judge’s card, giving the blue to the rider who both looks and rides the part. Special thanks to Barbara Halpern, Emma Kurtz and Chloe White and Katherine Hay Photography!

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Welcome to the Fall 2018 issue of the World Equestrian Center magazine! Our cover story, Elements of Style, celebrates the 10-year annive...