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AT H O M E W I T H PAT A N D MONT Y ROBERTS EQ visits Flag is Up Farm and sculptor Pat Rober ts who creates her ar t in the light-filled kitchen.

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Y E A R O F T H E H O R S E In celebration of Chinese New Year, several of our favorite brands offer whimsical and elegant items.

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AMA ZING ESCAPES Fuel your next dinner-par ty conversation with unexpected travel ideas: an Irish castle, a French inn, Patagonia, elephant polo, Giraffe Manor, a luxury yacht, and more.

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V I S I T QATA R W I T H C A R S O N KRESSLEY EQ accompanied Carson on an amazing trip to this exciting and horse-loving country.

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FAVO R I T E G E TAWAY S 25 of our favorite horse people suggest their favorite hotels, restaurants, and places to escape the day-to-day grind.

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SCIENCE What do industry professionals say about cloning successful or well-loved horses?

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FAVO R I T E S Whether your priority is form or function, these 10 bags will help you travel to adventure in style.

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PEOPLE Darley Newman, the host and producer of the awardwinning PBS television show Equitrekking, combines her love of travel and horses to gain insight into cultures around the world.

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STYLE New luxury sandals for aprés-ride comfor t and style from Katharine Page take their inspiration from fine leather bridles.

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FA S H I O N Keep an eye out for three fashion lines from Europe, South America, and the U.S. that are guaranteed to make a splash with equestrians.

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34 Giving Back The Equestrian Aid Foundation: from riders to grooms, horse people look out for each other. 42 The Lion’s Roar Peter Leone shares four game-changers who have shaped the sport of jumping. 82 People Photographer James Leslie Parker’s personalized books create lasting memories. 96 Resources (Look for to find the products and services in this issue.)


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ravel is the ultimate educator and at times a humbling equalizer. Whether our adventure-seeking personas take us to remote, unexplored corners of the world, or to luxurious European settings with unlimited pampering, we eventually discover something remarkable. As we assembled our special feature on 10 Amazing Escapes for Horse Lovers, and embarked on some of our own travels, the prevalence of a universal language of horse and rider emerged. It is an unspoken communication, shared globally, that manages to transcend language, cultural, and geographic barriers. Darley Newman, the host and producer of Equitrekking, the Emmy Award-winning equestrian travel television show, often relies on this unique method of communicating— entrusting her safety to knowledgeable locals as she traverses the deserts of Jordan or the mountainside jungles of Costa Rica. She has great admiration for her hosts, who, in spite of language barriers, communicate directions or share local customs from the back of a horse. Ruth Kennedy Sudduth spent days exploring Patagonia, Chile on horseback, claiming the best way to see one of the world’s last remaining wild places is between the ears of a horse. What better way to quietly share the sheer joy of travel than with a local guide or kindred spirit on the back of a horse – or perhaps even an elephant! This shared language surfaced on our trip to Doha, Qatar. A country that initially felt so exotic and unfamiliar quickly became comfortable and fascinating. After EQ’s visit to Al Shaqab Equestrian Center and during our private tour of the stables and facilities, we felt at ease with the Arabic language and customs. The Qataris’ proud history with equines was palpable, and our mutual admiration of horses and the unspoken bond between horse and rider spoke volumes.

Who would know better than Pat Roberts— wife of horse whisperer Monty Roberts—about this marvelous silent method of communicating? What does speak loud and clear are Pat’s arresting horse sculptures, created in her kitchen studio atop a mountain in Solvang, Calif. So select a destination from our 10 Amazing Escapes for Horse Lovers feature and put the horse and rider language to the test. EQ AN D Y EA R O F TH E H O RSE

Any horse lover knows this is the Chinese Year of the Horse, and we have compiled an elegant mix of items designed to celebrate. And what better time to announce EQ’s new partnership with Horsemanship, China’s only luxury equestrian lifestyle magazine. Expect to read about the rapid explosion of interest and participation in all things equine in China, and to learn more about horses in this intriguing country. We also launched our newly designed web site. The site exemplifies the quality you expect from EQ and offers in-depth articles and sections on arts, fashion, people, travel, décor, behind-the-scenes content, and more. Beautiful and easy to navigate, you’ll want to visit, browse awhile, and sign up for the free EQ InnerCircle, an eNewsletter for members. Each issue will offer an insider’s view of equestrian society, a sneak peek at upcoming articles, invitations to special events, designer discounts, contests, and more. (See one of our current contest details on page 56). Transcending the Chinese language through horse and rider may take some practice. In the mean time I wish you an adventurous Year of the Horse. Happy travels!



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PACK FOR ADVENTURE PRACTICAL AND CHIC TRAVEL IS IN THE BAG WITH OUR FAVORITE SUITCASES, DUFFELS, AND CARRY-ONS.

10 The Tacktrunk Bag, $1050, by Oughton Limited. An oversized packing case designed like a tack trunk, it is to be used either to carry one’s saddle on european horse buying trips, or simply as a great piece of luggage. Simple silhouettes and the interplay of materials and textures make it a classic style with a subtle equestrian twist.

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The Chesterford suitcase, $6280, by Swain Adeney Brigg in England combines the elegance and beauty of hand-crafted English leather luggage with the practicality of the steam trunk. Each piece is individually created in their Cambridge workshops by a single craftsman. Bridle handles are composed of 8 individually sculpted and hand-sewn leather components, ensuring comfort and longevity. High-impact wheels make the suitcase lightweight, durable and practical.

One for each of our destinations! (Page 58) Genuine Gladstone Bag (No. 1006), $498. This impor ted bag from J. Peterman is a classic style. Rich brown full-grain cowhide, handsome but durable. Cloth-lined with brass fittings and an adjustable shoulder strap, it is big enough to hold a lot, but not too big to carry comfor tably.

Petit Avion Streamer Trolley, $595. This carryon-approved, lightweight bag from the Dressage Collection has four wheels and a chic vintage look, and is comprised of modern, quality materials. Standing 20” in height, it is large enough to pack for a long trip and compact for easy handling.

Cavalier II No. 97 Fawn Suede Duffel Bag, $1595. Ghurka offers the duffel bags for the travelers we all aspire to be: adventurous, elegant, and innovative. The perfect weekend carryon bag, it comes in rich fawn suede, trimmed with classic Walnut leather and lined in Ghurka’s signature checked fabric. This classic duffel bag is both elegant and durable.

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Bleeker Cabin Bag in pebbled leather, $898, by Coach. Richly pebbled cowhide lends handsome texture to this sophisticated design, assembled by hand from star t to finish. The perfect carry-on, it combines understated custom hardware, refined rolled handles, and a long strap for shoulder or hands-free crossbody wear.

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Spectra™ Dual-Access ExtraCapacity U.S Carry-On, $585. This 8-wheel carry-on features an innovative design that makes traveling with hard-side luggage more convenient. The extracapacity, ultra-light suitcase has an integrated front zippered quick-access door, inventiveness and design that is evidence of its maker, Victorinox, creator of the famous Swiss Army knife.

WAYS TO TRAVEL IN STYLE One for each of our destinations! (Page 58)

GG Supreme Canvas Four Wheel Carry-On Suitcase, $2950, by Gucci. Beige/ebony GG supreme canvas bag made using an ear th-conscious process, with dark brown leather trim and beige cotton linen lining. Made in Italy. Four 360° wheels. Small size: W38cm x H56cm x D21cm.

Travelteq’s Weekender Bag, $720. This handsome bag is big enough to hold whatever you may need for a weekend out of town. Easy to carry and stow, with an adjustable leather strap, its classic look makes it a good choice for any type of holiday.

The Tote in Melton Wool, $420. Like the borough in England from which the material gets its name, Deux Chevaux’s Melton Tote evokes images of fox hunting across the rolling countryside. With its decorative striping, top-quality pebbled leather and nickel fittings, however, the Melton Tote is equally chic for the urban landscape.

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orld polo champion Adolfo Cambiaso made history this December by winning a national championship on a cloned horse, Show Me. He has had much success aboard his 56 other clones as well. One day, he hopes to play an entire match using only cloned ponies. Cloning has become increasingly popular in the world of polo. Polo enthusiast and entrepreneur Alan Meeker became interested in cloning and went into business with Cambiaso. Through his investment, this polo-loving Texan discovered the potential of cloning some of the world’s best horses. His firm, Crestview Genetics, produced It’s their first foal in 2010. Since then they have successfully generated 70 champion equine replicas at a cost of roughly $150,000 each. “Which,” he tells Departures magazine, “is a bargain, given that a clone of another of Cambiaso’s champion mares, Cuartetera, fetched $800,000 at auction.” Canadian polo professional Brandon Phillips also sees the emerging success and endless possibilities of cloning horses. Phillips says, “Finding a great polo horse is next to impossible, so if you have one and you can make two or three of it, so be it.” There are more and more options available. Texas A&M University provides a research program involving non-commercial horse cloning. Project leader Dr. Katrin Hinrichs emphasizes

that cloning ventures are performed “under donations from interested owners, receiving the cloned foal as gratitude.” While Hinrichs is more wary than Meeker when it comes to cloning, the university has so far experienced 16 successful live births. Just as identical twins aren’t totally identical, there is no such thing as an exact clone either. “Therefore,” Dr. Graeme Cooke, the FEI’s veterinary director, told ABC News, “we came to the conclusion that there were so many

However, for now, the racing world disagrees. Jockey Club rules state “cloning or any other form of genetic manipulation shall not be eligible for registration.” Bob Curran, spokesman for the Jockey Club, says this is “for the long-term health of the breed.” The cloned specimen is only identical to the dam or sire at the time of birth. As in natural breeding, cloning for temperament can be successful, but it is the training and environment that produce the final animal. Plus, perfection found in cloning can come with a price. While an exact replica in looks and perhaps athleticism, a cloned horse does not guarantee impeccable health or exact temperament. Without genetic diversity, cloned horses have limited chances of survival in the case of a rapidly spreading disease. New York Times best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Unbroken and Seabiscuit: An American Legend tells FoxNews. com, “So much of what made Secretariat so stunning was that he was a freak of nature, one in a billion, an alignment of genes so superb as to be the closest thing to perfection we are likely to ever see. What fun would there be in a crowd of Secretariats, if he were merely commonplace?” But for some, the prospect of having your beloved horse in the paddock once again is a miracle born of scientific engineering—and worth the risks.

Cloning not SCIENCE FICTION any more. BY ROBYN WILLEY

variables, there were no unfair advantages that were contrary to the spirit of sport.” Clones will be allowed to compete in the Olympics beginning in 2016, and more and more areas of the horse world are opening up to cloning. Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber’s world dressage-champion mount, Rusty 47, passed away this summer, but his legacy lives on through two young clones of the gelding. Famous grand-prix jumper Gem Twist has two clones, Gemini and Murka’s Gem. And Sapphire has Kara BC and Kidjaz BC.

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The host and producer of the award-winning EQUITREKKING is convinced that some of the most beautiful places in world are BEST SEEN FROM THE SADDLE.

Darley Newman is the host and producer of the Emmy Award-winning equestrian travel television show, Equitrekking, which broadcasts on PBS and networks in over 82 countries. Darley has appeared on the Encore Westerns Channel, writes for Practical Horseman magazine, and has a new series on the AOL On Network. She is the author of Equitrekking: Travel Adventures on Horseback, the founder of Equitrekking.com, and recently launched Top20Ranches.com and EquitrekkingTravel.com, which feature horseback riding and equestrian vacations.

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arley Newman has an enviable job—provided you love to travel, ride horses, and meet people in the most awe-inspiring settings around the world. Her recollection of what sparked her

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Darley Newman (left) and local guide Alicia Morales ride the grassy hills of Uruguay outside of Alicia’s eco-friendly estancia during the filming of Equitrekking Uruguay.

interest in travel is a ninth grade trip to France, Italy, and Greece. She was instantly hooked by the thrill of experiencing different cultures and realized then that the best way of discovering a world of new people, places, and customs was through first-hand travel. (Learn more about her travels in our Q-and-A on page 24.) Her combined passion for travel and riding horses evolved into the concept and fruition of Equitrekking. She stands by an equestrian truth that, while riding, you not only form a spectacular bond with your horse but you can also communicate cross-culturally through all things equine. It is considered an unspoken

language shared globally by horse and riders. Darley feels this universal sense of equestrian camaraderie provides authenticity to her trips. On horseback, the locals can provide access to the hidden gems and unique lifestyles of a country that is rarely noted in guidebooks. The stunning imagery posted from Darley’s travels around the globe presents an obvious benefit of her job, but learning about the culture, cuisine, and day-to-day life of her hosts is equally rewarding to her. Darley believes that when far from civilization, survival comes down to nature. Accessing remote places on horseback and learning natural traditions passed down through generations is one of her favorite things. Stepping away from the city and into nature shines a light on what is truly meaningful in life. Continued on page 24


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Continued from page 22 Travel blogger MARGO MILLURE

What is your favorite equestrian vacation that you’d recommend to equestrians?

of travelbelles.com spent time chatting with Equitrekking’s Darley Newman

Well, you can tell that I love Ireland, and you can never go wrong there because there are so many great places to ride. The Ring of Kerry, the Medieval Village Trek on the Cooley Peninsula, Castle Leslie… But I have to say that I fell in love with Cappadocia, Turkey. It is one of my favorite all-around travel destinations. You can ride horses from village to village and through amazing geological formations called fairy chimneys, visit underground cities, and eat really tasty food made with fresh ingredients.

in late 2012. EQ recently followed up with Darley to hear about the new locations she’s experienced from the saddle and how her rapidly expanding equitrekking business continues to introduce new travel adventures for equestrian wanderlust. How did the idea of Equitrekking come about?

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Equitrekking is a combination of my passion for horses, travel, TV production, and media. I was working in television in New York City, N.Y., and wanted to combine these passions into something I could do on a daily basis, and Equitrekking just evolved from there. I wanted to get out and see the world. Through riding, I could reach these beautiful natural settings, spend time with horses, and meet local people—a great combination! You’ve met interesting people, such as Princess Alia of Jordon, and done a host of quirky things, including a whiskey tasting in Scotland at the crack of dawn. Fun aside, which experience has had a profound effect on you?

It actually wasn’t a travel experience. When I was first launching Equitrekking a few years ago, my mother passed away. It was sudden and unexpected. I was in the studio in New York City recording the narration for our pilot episode of Equitrekking, and when I came out to take a break, I saw all of these missed calls from my neighbors in Myrtle Beach. I left the studio immediately and got to the hospital in South Carolina in record time to find my mother was already gone. It changed my life. My mother had a true passion for life and was so creative. I know she’d want me to experience the most from life and pursue what I love. The whole experience taught me at a young age that life is short. I was just starting

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Top: Darley rides the beaches of Donegal in Northwest Ireland. Above: Darley and local Bedouin guide in Lawrence Siq in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

Equitrekking and losing her made me want to go for it even more and pursue my dreams. What is one of the places you’ve been to with Equitrekking that you definitely want to go back to someday?

I’ve been to Ireland three times and would go back again in a heartbeat. I love the people, the villages and cities, the horses, and the pubs.

How do you choose where to go for Equitrekking? And where are you going next?

We’ve filmed 36 episodes now, in diverse locations including Jordan, Turkey, Iceland, Hawaii, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Alaska, Quebec, California, and beyond. We choose based on the time of year that we need to film, where we’ve gotten good recommendations from fellow travelers and viewers, and of course what makes sense for our budgets. We’re looking at a variety of destinations in Central and South America, as well as right here in the USA for the next season. Our latest season with Jordan, Uruguay, Great National Parks, Great American Ranches, Alberta, Turkey, and Botswana is broadcasting now on PBS stations.

What do you do for vacation?

I recently went on a dream vacation to Tuscany, Italy, for a friend’s wedding. My girlfriend and I rented an apartment in Florence, took a vineyard Vespa tour in Chianti, and had wonderful adventures. Equitrekking’s 36 high-definition episodes on PBS are taking viewers on global travel adventures in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. To find out when the show will be aired in your area, visit PBS.org and type in your zip code.


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Strapping Good Looks Taking inspiration from the beloved bridles hanging on the tack room wall, new luxury footwear brand KATHARINE PAGE gives fresh meaning to the term “well-shod.” BY MOLLY KNOTT

Saratoga crisscross sandal with wraparound ankle strap. Classic, casual, and chic. $375.

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o hoof, no horse, as the saying goes. But when it comes to our own feet, do equestrians too often opt for fashion at the expense of function? New footwear brand Katharine Page is out to prove we can have both. Searching for the perfect aprèsride sandal, amateur hunter rider Page looked to her own well-stocked closet of favorite designer styles, but all came up short in what the former auto executive might call the “comfort quotient.” “We’re talking every range – from high-end designers to name brand retailers. None of them had the right feel,” says Page. As we all know, the motivation of a woman searching for the perfect shoe is second only to one shopping for the perfect horse. And of that fierce desire, Katharine Page the brand was born. The vision was clear and is articulated artfully in the brand’s first collection: luxury-quality, comfortable footwear made of the finest leathers and handcrafted to last a lifetime, reflecting the tradition, beauty, and craftsmanship of equestrian leatherwork. Continued on page 28

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Del Mar slip-on thong. Superbly crafted with fancy stitch trapunto detailing. $375. Fairfield slip-on thong with instep and crisscross toe straps for perfect fit. $375.

Molly Knott is the founder and editor of the lifestyle blog, Dappled Grey, a curated guide to equestrian style and culture. When not working on the blog, she can be found doting on her warmblood, Fitch, and maintaining her small farm in the Pacific Nor thwest.



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Keswick slingback with adjustable ankle strap. Large pattern fancy stitch and polished nickel D’Rings. $375.

Hampton two-toned spectator T-Strap sandal with fancy stitch backstay. $375.

Palm Beach T-Strap sandal with adjustable ankle strap and four rows of shimmering Swarovski crystals. $385.

Katharine Page launched with seven instant-classic sandal styles whose names reflect iconic locales of elite hunter/jumper circuit – the “see and be seen” glitz of Palm Beach, for example, or the “beachy” cool of Del Mar. “My customers see themselves reflected in the various styles and the shows that inspired them,” Page notes. And like the evolving world of horse sport itself, Katharine Page sandals represent a graceful combination of tradition and innovation. Designed in the US and handcrafted at a small factory in Portugal, each sandal features the signature white stitching that is so essentially and distinctively equestrian.

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Portuguese leather is tanned in the ancient oak-bark method while a high-tech poron footbed provides the bounce and support Page sought in a sandal style. These same features will carry through to Katharine Page’s soon to be launched 2014 collection, including new sandal styles and a ballet flat. So while a horse may forever reign as the ultimate accessory, shoes are quickly ascending beyond apparel in the luxury market, namely for their versatility. And like a mount that can compete in any ring, Katharine Page sandals are as at home with skinnies or wide leg casual trousers as with shorts, sheaths, and the essential summer maxi dress – from Palm Beach to PAGE 96 Del Mar… and beyond.



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Emergencies and First Aid If a horse is used to having bandages applied to legs or being loaded in a trailer for no obvious reason, then it won’t seem quite so daunting a request DURING TIMES OF STRESS OR PAIN.

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lthough it is the most basic form of health care, horse owners should be aware that horses need first aid care just as much as people do, if not more. There are many situations that a horse owner might run into, including soft tissue injuries like lacerations and puncture wounds, ophthalmic injuries, strains, sprains, other acute lameness issues, colic, fever, depression, and dystocia or foaling difficulties. Horse owners should have the basic skills required to take care of a horse during an emergency situation until a veterinarian is available and to be able to assess when professional help is needed. “Probably the minimum competency skill level is comfort with applying a bandage, in case of a hemorrhaging lower extremity,” said Dr. Glennon Mays, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, “or understanding how to encourage a suffering, recumbent horse to stop rolling and get up off the ground and walk around in a circle while waiting for the veterinarian’s arrival in the case of colic.” P R AC T I C E C OOPERATIVENESS

Cooperativeness on the part of the animal to accomplish routine acts can actually be practiced under non-emergency situations in order to succeed in time of crisis. “This cooperativeness is remindful of school children practicing a fire drill,” said Mays. “If something is familiar, it is more easily performed in a crisis situation. If a horse is used to having bandages applied to legs or being loaded in a trailer for no obvious reason, then it won’t seem quite so daunting a request during times of stress or pain.” In case of emergency, there are a few things that horse owners should have on hand, especially emergency phone numbers that are readily accessible. 32 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | S P R I N G | 2014

“In a tense moment, the pre-determined numbers can be dialed in order of preference. In case the first choice is unavailable, secondary or tertiary selections have already been made,” said Mays. “I also suggest having some bandage materials on hand. Beyond basic leg-wrapping techniques, other first-aid supplies can vary according to the qualifications of the owner of the horse and the client-patient relationship with the veterinarian.” Of course, there will be times when it is absolutely necessary that the horse owner calls a veterinarian for assistance. A professional caregiver should be summoned when the horse’s caretaker feels uncomfortable or inadequate providing the type of care that is necessary, or whenever an animal insurance company is involved. “Often professional care is provided more quickly when the patient is transported rather than waiting for a busy veterinarian to break away from a Dr. Glennon Mays practice or hospital environment. However, many vets provide only ambulatory service and don’t operate from a clinic or hospital facility,” said Mays. “Some patients requiring emergency care cannot initially be transported, depending on the experience level of the owner and one’s ability to accurately interpret the situation of the animal in danger. Another factor to consider is the comparison of the facility where the horse is located and the facility a veterinarian may provide.” General anesthesia may be avoided by transporting a young horse with a laceration to a veterinarian’s facility, for example, when the EQ HEALTH IS SPONSORED BY

owner’s facility is not equipped with an area for safe restraint. Safety for the animal as well as for the people providing the care is of highest importance. There are several emergencies that tend to happen frequently to horses. One of the most common involves soft tissue injuries. Since horses are “flight” rather than “fight” responders, punctured, lacerated, or avulsed soft tissues are ordinary reasons for seeking emergency assistance. L OOK AT B OTH SI DES

“Another common emergency need is in response to engorgement due to inadvertent duplication at feeding time or inconsistency in feeding time. Introduction of new feed, hay, or grazing sources can create a need for emergency help at times,” said Mays. “Because horses are naturally inquisitive, eye injuries are another common need for immediate assistance. Tearing excessively, squinting the eyelids, unnatural desire to stay inside a shaded area when pasture mates are out grazing are all indications of a possible eye problem. When owners are examining their horse, it’s often a good practice to take a look at both sides of the animal no matter how normal one side appears.” The inquisitive nature of horses can also create other emergency-care situations. Horses can become trapped in cattle guards, tree forks, narrow chute spaces, and even empty trailers should the wind assist in closing the trailer gates. “From a veterinarian’s point of view, it’s very frustrating to be invited to attend an animal situation that has already progressed several days because the owner’s decision to provide therapy has proven a mistake,” said Mays. “Please don’t wait too long and always listen to your conscience.” Compliments of Pet Talk, a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.


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L-R: Scott Stewar t, Marie Kelly, and EAF board member Ken Berkley at the Hamptons Clambake; Nick Dello Joio at “Who Reins Supreme?” competition; George Tauber, USEF President Chrystine Tauber, Christopher Vance, and Karin Offield; EAF Board members Jenny Dunion and Georgina Bloomberg at the Hamptons Clambake.

people struggling with HIV/AIDS. As the organization grew, so did the pool of individuals in need. In 2006, the name was changed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation to reflect the inclusion of programs to assist people suffering from all chronic illnesses as well as injuries. Various events each year raise funds to go directly into the hands of recipients, offering a fun way for equestrians to give back to their own. During the 2013 Hampton Classic, EAF hosted a clambake on the beach for equestrians and fans to relax together outside of the ring. Guests enjoyed a decadent spread of traditional clambake cuisine while sipping cocktails and being serenaded by a local marimba band. Centered around a unique reining competition between hunter, jumper, dressage riders, and sometimes even polo players, the annual Equestrian Aid Foundation “Who Reins Supreme?” brings together fans of all disciplines every winter. The evening also serves as

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Four masters that shaped our sport The word from The last six decades have seen our sport and how we experience it go through incredible changes. The progress we have experienced in the show-jumping, hunter, and equitation disciplines is as dramatic as the evolution we have experienced going from land-line telephones to mobile smart phones. While our equestrian progress as a country is the result of countless horsemen and women, I want to highlight two select pairs of horsemen that have unmistakably changed our sport forever.

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ORDON WRIGHT AND GEORGE MORRIS

Gordon Wright was the founder of the forward-seat style of riding and the American system of teaching, which is one of our greatest strengths as an equestrian nation and perhaps our greatest contribution to the international riding community. Gordon taught and shared his approach to riding and jumping during the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Busloads of enthusiastic riders of all ages would travel from New York City to spend a day in the country, riding and learning from Wright at his business, Saxon Woods, in White Plains, N.Y., later renamed Secor Farms. He remained there for some four decades. Over the years other professional horsemen evolved to carry on his work, including Bill Steinkraus and Victor Hugo Vidal, all of them successful and talented horsemen, riders, and teachers who spread Gordon’s methodology. But one disciple of Gordon Wright surpassed them all: George H. Morris. At the age of 14, George won both junior national championships, the Maclay and the Medal Finals. In 1960, at the age of 22, George won a team silver for the United States in the Olympic Games held in Rome, Italy. But even though George Morris was one of our country’s top riders, his real calling has been that of a teacher. George teaches Gordon Wright’s hunt-seat riding style to countless riders of all ages through his professional business and in riding clinics held all over the country. He also teaches the attention to detail and discipline that are essential to be a topclass horseman and competitor. His years of teaching and developing a style

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of riding that would win Olympic and world championship gold medals for the U.S.A. resulted in our most cherished accomplishment—the American riding style! Other countries have envied the American style for decades because not only is it beautiful to watch but it also provides the most harmonious and pleasant experience for the horse. George’s contributions did not stop there. He became the coach of the U.S. Jumping Team in 2004 and stewarded our riders to countless great international successes. Together, Gordon Wright and George Morris forged our wonderful American riding style and the American teaching system—and both are the best in the world!

The progress we have experienced in the show-jumping, hunter, and equitation disciplines is as dramatic as the evolution we have experienced going from land-line telephones to mobile smart phones.

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The incredible obstacle courses our horse-and-rider combinations compete over have changed substantially over the last 50 years. Once simple tracks over massive obstacles, set relatively far away from one another, jump courses evolved to include intricately designed and easy to knock obstacles. Moreover, these obstacles are set close enough to each other that the number of strides a horse makes between them creates additional challenges. After being the first civilian coach of the U.S. team for over 25 years, Bert DeNemethy devoted his experience and genius as a horseman to designing competition courses. It was Bert who was the first to take the challenge of show jumping from obstacles set in a simple pattern to slightly smaller jumps that were not only designed in color schemes difficult for the horse and rider to see, but set an uneven

number of horse-strides apart. This forced the rider to either do several long strides between the obstacles or more short strides. The effect is that the rider has to have impeccable control of the horse’s stride-length and balance to successfully jump big obstacles set on the half-stride. Bert put his new approach to the ultimate test when he designed the jumping courses for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His courses were a huge success and changed forever how competition courses were designed. Since Bert’s extraordinary contribution to course designing, the craft has continued to evolve further in the direction he began. However, one subtle but significant change was brought to show jumping by Steve Stevens. Like DeNemethy, Stevens was a top rider and horseman before devoting himself to designing competitions. Steve’s contribution was building obstacles that represented the area’s local culture or environment as well as corporate sponsors. Examples include the famous Seaworld obstacle with two giant Shamu whales as part of the jump, giant Budweiser bottles as obstacles, and the Mount Rushmore wall, complete with the four presidents. Thanks to these two men, when we watch show-jumping competitions we can observe which riders have the best control of their horse’s balance and stride as they jump tricky distances over magnificent and beautifully designed obstacles. And even better, we get to watch the beautiful American riding style over these breathtaking competition courses. Peter Leone is an Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs, and author of Peter Leone’s Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, Conn. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United States Olympic Show-jumping Team and winner of numerous national and international grand-prix show-jumping competitions.


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elcome to the Year of the Horse! It promises to be filled with unbridled energy, captivating romance, and spontaneous adventures. All of the wonderful qualities we associate with our passion for an equestrian lifestyle will be doubly enhanced in 2014. Those lucky enough to have been born in a horse year possess a wild, spirited, and independent nature, are extremely self-expressive and definitely follow their own paths. They are also known to be the center of attention and often relish being in the spotlight. As we gallop into an exciting new year, it is time to embrace your inner horse and take center stage with one of these three fabulous new collections for 2014.

BY RENEE SPURGE “Rönner’s one-of-a-kind vibrant prints have become the brand’s signature, including show shirts added to this year’s lineup, with hints of color peeping through the cuffs.”

Just hitting the U.S. market, Sarm Hippique, a family-owned Italian brand, serves up a hand-crafted collection of stunning equestrian apparel for the modern rider. I have been eyeing this line for some time, having spotted their form-flattering, stylish breeches at some of the top horse shows in California. Savvy international shoppers picked up a few pairs from the line while scouting for new horses overseas, and now the great team at Galleria Morusso will be distributing their entire collection of high-performance riding wear to exclusive stores in the U.S. The customcontrast satin details, particularly on the back waistline, make the Azalea coat my top pick for this year’s chic new show jacket. I have been an avid supporter and fan of Arianna Vastino and her fabulous boutique line Continued on page 46

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of show shirts since her company Le Fash first stepped out as a true cross-over collection into the world of everyday fashion. One of the few designers that manufacturers all of her line in the great state of New York, Arianna is taking her undeniable classy sense of style and tackling a brand new line of breeches for her fast growing company. The saddle brown contrast Clarino® knee patches look fabulous on all four colors, especially when paired with the sophisticated gold pocket rivets. Aptly named the City Breech Collection, these elegant riding pants will be a must have with your Tucci field boots or Tory Birch ballet flats. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting my South American soul mate Carin Stellabatti from Rönner, the high-end equestrian-lifestyle apparel line that I believe rivals some of the top mainstream fashion brands of the same genre. Rönner’s one-of-a-kind vibrant prints have become the brand’s signature, including show shirts added to this year’s lineup, with hints of color peeping through the cuffs. The buttery

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suede vests and jackets are rich in detail, including fur collars, wrapped bit toggles, and elegant gold buttons. The complete Fall/ Winter Collection, which was a show stopper at its debut during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., exemplifies the core spirit surrounding the Year of the Horse. It is colorful, it is sexy, and each piece demands PAGE 96 attention!

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“Sarm Hippique’s custom contrast blue satin details, particularly on the back waistline, make the Azalea coat my top pick for this year’s chic new show jacket.”

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Pat and Monty Roberts BY JILL MEDINGER

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The living room offers a dramatic view of the farm below and the rest of the Santa Ynez Valley. Personal letters and Christmas cards from the Queen of England line the hallway walls. Lower left: Shy Boy, the famous horse that Monty tamed, was star of a BBC special, subject of a best-selling book, and made into a Breyer model.


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“JACK SAID TO ME, ‘WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO? YOU CAN’T SCULPT A HORSE WITH HIBACHI STICKS!’ ”

Pat Roberts began sculpting as an adult, mostly self-trained. Today, her realistic and expressive metal sculptures are seen in many of the finest collections.

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he road to Flag is Up Farm is lined with towering old trees, which filter the early afternoon light into scattered dapples across the pavement. The towering mountains that cut dramatically across the bright blue sky make it nearly impossible to focus on the drive, but as the road rounds a curve, look closely for something that is rarely seen in front of farms this large and beautiful: the small lettering of a sign, “Visitors Welcome.” Despite owning this ultra-private farm, Monty and Pat Roberts invite people to come look around, to say hello, and to visit equestrian celebrity Shy Boy, star of a BBC special and New York Times best-selling book. Many know Monty Roberts from his autobiography, The Man Who Listens to Horses, which was adapted for the 1996 film starring Robert Redford. Eighteen years later, Roberts continues his expansive career as horseman and author, training horses for the Queen of England, traveling the world, and giving demonstrations and seminars.

Monty and Pat Roberts at their Flag is Up Farm in Solvang, Calif.

After we were welcomed at the barn by daughter Laurel (see Laurel’s article, “What I’ve Learned,” in the Summer 2013 issue of EQ), we continued up the driveway toward the house. After a steep climb, the road turned sharply, and the low, angled house came into view. A herd of deer looked up at us before continuing to nibble the grass on the island in the center of the gravel driveway.

Warm details, such as an old Moroccan window, a medieval doorway framing a staircase, and a squirrel house up in a tree, made the mountaintop home feel warm and comfortable. Upon entering, we were met by the rich smell of the leather westernbridle collection, the muted earth tones of western art on every wall, and a flood of golden sunshine pouring in from the wide windows. As Pat ushered us inside, she pointed at a large metal statue of horses that we recognized. “That is the piece I saw in EQ,” she said. “The Ganzis’ had it on their mantle in your feature on their home in the polo issue last fall.” When the Roberts moved into the house in 1966, Pat said she looked at all the white walls and said, “We need color.” So, she went out and bought how-to books, canvas, and paints and started painting. “I wasn’t very good, at first,” she smiled. She found a local teacher and took up oil painting, and before long she was selling her paintings. The success inspired her to try sculpting, so she enrolled in an adult-education class at Santa Barbara City College, where she learned SPR ING | 2 0 1 4 | EQ U ES TRIA N Q UA RTERLY | 51


What a view: The Roberts home overlooks their world-famous Flag is Up Farm.

to use hibachi sticks and melted wax to sculpt. She pointed to a statue of a nude woman and explained that it was her first piece. She wanted to move on to sculpting horses, but faced difficulties until family friend and renowned cowboy artist Jack Swanson came by to visit. “Jack said to me, what are you trying to do? You can’t sculpt a horse with hibachi sticks! You need an armature,” Pat remembers. “He took out some lined yellow paper and drew out for me what to do, with the wires and the pipes as a frame for the sculpture.” It took 10 years for Pat to create her first horse, and five more years passed before the second was completed. But it wasn’t until she took a sculpting seminar with Swanson at the

Cowboy Museum in Kerrville, Texas, that she was inspired to sell her work, which then began to quickly flourish. Before she knew it, she was working hard and turning out many statues a year, mostly horses. We walked through the house together as Pat pointed out different sculptures and explained who they were. Some were famous riders, others her favorite horses. She stopped in front of one that looked familiar, which she told us was titled “The Moment of Join Up.” In it, Monty stands with his back to a horse that tentatively follows. It summarizes his renowned method of horse training, in which he invites the horse to “join up” rather than force the horse into acceptance, and which has

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studio?” The room was the kitchen, with a center island, where a clay model sat unfinished on a rotating stand. The windows, which framed the stunning vistas, filled the room with warm sunlight. She explained that it was her favorite place to work. “Many people say that sculpting a horse is one of the most difficult subjects, but to me it’s the easiest. Being in the horse business is the Middle row left: Pat does her sculpting in her kitchen. Middle row, center: Monk and Cody, the Roberts’ two dogs, demonstrate their tricks for EQ. Middle row, right: The stone cottage that sits in front of the main house is where Monty does his writing.

best education,” Pat remarked. She and Monty spent 18 years as the leading consignors of the Hollywood Park 2-year-old Thoroughbreds in training sale. In doing so, they would buy yearlings and spend the year training them. If the yearlings had problems with conformation, they wouldn’t do well that year. “So, I learned about the build of horse, and spent a lot of time with them,” she said. She demonstrated her methods of sculpting to us and explained her techniques for adding motion and detail. “That’s the biggest challenge,” she said, “to make a solid piece of bronze have a feeling of movement.” Pat, who now shows two reining horses, feels that reining lends itself to sculpture, with the dramatic

movement and familiar western look. She hopes to explore some of its iconic moves in her new work. As we left the kitchen, displayed on hallway walls are Christmas cards and personal letters from the Queen of England and numerous celebrities, family photos, and even certificates of appreciation from the CIA. Pat explained, “Monty worked with the CIA training them on understanding body language.” The core ideas of Monty’s training system and Pat’s art permeate the home, where a sense of peace is tangible. Pat’s ease and warmth, and her enthusiasm for her art and for her farm is infectious. If you visit, we can promise it will be difficult to leave.

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Many of our favorite brands have decided to embrace the “elegance and ardor” characteristics of the Year of the Horse—designing whimsical and elegant Chinese New Year items with unbridled energy and abandon. A selection from $50 to $1,200,000.

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For reasons unknown, only 12 showed up. First came the Rat, then the Ox, followed by the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and lastly the Pig. Buddha thanked the animals that came by naming a year after each of the animals. It is said that a person’s destiny and character are determined based upon the particular sign they are born under. Those


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1. John Robshaw hand-painted Horse pillow. Image tells an individual story. Linen/cotton. Imported. 20" x 20" $275. Available at bloomingdales.com. 2. Lugano’s Horse Necklace, hand-crafted from 18-carat black and yellow gold, 703 white round brilliant diamonds totaling 7.10 carats, and 50 cognac diamonds totaling 0.28 carats. 3. Rosenthal Meets Versace Arabesque Gold Dinnerware. Embellished with baroque details in four different tones of lavish gold, the dinnerware collection captures contemporary luxury in iconic Versace style. $110 - $265. Available at bloomingdales.com 4. Gucci horsebit ring in 18kt yellow gold. $2,340. 5. The Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Gilded Edition. Produced in a limited edition and is legal tender. 6 Breyer’s Year of the Horse model is colorfully painted with decorative scrollwork and the Chinese symbol for Horse. Box size: 13.5" L x 4.75" W x 9.5" 7. Hermès “Recontre Heureuse – Cheval Phoenix” 90cm Scarf. Silk Twill. Retail: $580. At Hermès stores nationwide. 8. Ralph Lauren Ricky 33 in Red Alligator. Price upon request. 4

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Images are examples of a prized craft that has existed for thousands of years in China. Called Jianzhi or “Window Flower,” they are used to decorate windows and doors during Chinese New Year. These intricate paper cuttings are also used for decoration, given as gifts, and regarded as lucky.

born under the year of a particular animal would also inherit some of the characteristics of that animal. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar calendar. The date changes every year but the New Year usually falls in the months of late January or early February.

This year heralds the Year of the Horse, the seventh animal in the zodiac. Whether working on a farm, being ridden for pleasure or sport, the Horse has tremendous style and is an excellent worker. The Horse is social and values both family and friends. They

are quick-witted, eloquent, and seldom hesitate to take risks or try new things. People born in Horse years live under the signs of elegance and ardor, and are also known as ready for action. For those willing, this will be an exciting year, filled with progress, energy and passion.

Join EQ and Australia’s Perth Mint in celebrating the Year of the Horse and you can win one of six solid-silver and 24-carat gold collector coins.

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9. They say those born in the Year of the Horse are always the life of the party, and so is this generous Godiva Limited Edition Luxury Gift Box assortment. Inside a fabulous red box featuring Lady Godiva and her galloping horse are eight Lady Godiva creations. 32 pcs. $80. 10.. TK Asian Antiquities, Sancai glazed comparisoned horse, standing four-square is one of the great Tang Dynasty (c. 618-907 CE) treasures known today. 26 1/4" H x 31" W. $1,200,000. 11. Hermès “Ex-Libris à Carreaux” 90cm Scarf. Silk Twill. $435. Available at Hermès stores nationwide. 12. Breyer Woodgrain Horse. In addition to being the Chinese Year of the Horse, it is also the year of the Wood Horse. A vintage Breyer color and woodgrain makes it the perfect piece to commemorate the occasion. 13. Ralph Lauren Year of the Horse Slippers (available in red and black). $550. 14. Royal Canadian Mint’s 2014 Year of the Horse 18-Karat Gold Coin. 15. Gucci bamboo necklace with horsebit motif in sterling silver with palladium shiny aging finish and bamboo wood. $895. 16. Longchamp Year of the Horse tote. $395. Exclusively at select Bloomingdale’s. 12

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Castle Leslie, perched above one of the three lakes on the property. At right: stately interiors of the castle exude Old World grandeur.

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of the original family, which dates back to the 1660s, may join you and share a bit of his colorful lore about the estate. CAST L E L ESL IE LU X U RY ACCOMMODAT IO NS

Flickering with welcoming candles, the castle includes 20 rooms, each tastefully appointed with antiques, family heirlooms, and walls graced with period sketches and paintings. Cozy up to your private fireplace or next to a window overlooking the lakes and manicured gardens. Each room has an intriguing back-story and is worth investigating. The Old Stable Mews embody an authentic equestrian flavor. Available in three-, four-, or five-bedroom configurations, they are the perfect choice for groups and families. The Lodge, adjacent to the equestrian center, includes 29 rooms with a mix of traditional and modern décor. There you may meet some of the locals who come to the Lodge to enjoy a delicious meal served with flair at Snaffles Restaurant or share a pint of hearty Irish Stout and traditional country fare with friends at Conor’s Bar. Time to unwind? Be sure to partake of a soothing treatment at the castle’s full-service spa or hone your culinary PAGE 96 skills at the on-site cookery school.


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t is no surprise to find Provence on a list of best travel destinations. The area has continuously attracted those seeking luxury and natural beauty. Domaine de la Baume is nonetheless a truly unique resort. It is located in Tourtour, a lovely French village that will enchant you with its restaurants and attractions. That is, of course, if you ever choose to leave the inn. Set on 99 acres, the grounds of Domain de la Baume include beehives used to make honey, an orangery, a stable, and 558 olive trees that produce over 2,000 liters of olive oil per year. The horses, though a lovely addition to the landscape, are more than decorative. Guests may take them for rides and explore the natural beauty of the property, which is covered in pine trees and truffle oaks. A kitchen garden provides Chef François Martin the freshest ingredients. The grounds also include a formal French-style garden complete with ponds, a pool house, a chapel, and even waterfalls, beneath which guests can swim or receive massages. Inside the majestic building, a series of lounge areas—each cozier than the last­—are often occupied by guests curled up with books or engaged in animated discussions over an aperitif. Unless, of course, they are out playing tennis, mountain biking, or sunbathing by the pool. The inn is accessible from three airports, each about an hour’s PAGE 96 drive, or by train from Avignon or London.

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IF CHILEAN PATAGONIA WERE A MOVIE SET, THE DIRECTOR WOULD TELL THE DESIGNERS TO DIAL IT BACK BEACAUSE IT IS TOO OVER THE TOP. BY RUTH KENNEDY SUDDUTH

Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, a director of the real-estate firm LandVest, was invited to privately tour several large ecological properties in Patagonia that are being preserved and carefully developed by Patagonia Sur.

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hen the Patagonia Sur team invited me down to Chile to visit two of the largest properties—Melimoyu, a temperate rain forest between the Pacific Ocean and a glaciated volcano, and Valle California, a classic pampa ranch with trout rivers rimmed by snowcapped peaks and ancient forests—I was reminded of a friend’s comment before my first Rolling Stones concert: “You’re not ready!” I thought it would be the vastness and unspoiled character of Patagonia that would get me. It certainly did. But what struck me the most was how Chile had accelerated in the 20 years since my last visit, especially relative to the United States. Low national debt, strong growth—propelling Chile into ‘developed world’ status—respect for property rights, and an emerging environmental ethos added to a longstanding sense of civil order and a gringo-friendly culture. The more mundane surprises were modern airports, functioning security lines, gleaming planes, welcoming flight attendants, good food, smooth roads, and clean taxis that accept credit cards. The Andes are beyond vast. Imagine the Rockies Photoshopped by 10 and then add in volcanoes and a deep-teal ocean. If Chilean Patagonia were a movie set, the director would tell the designers to dial it back because it is too over the top. Watch the film 180 Degrees South for an introduction to Patagonia and to the conservation issues facing this amazing place. We arrived at Melimoyu, which is set on a perfect blue bay (think Avatar). Our helicopter landed in a clearing in the rain forest next to a white farmhouse overlooking the bay. Lunch was laid out on a long rustic table, with Chilean wine, fruit, and cheese and warm things coming out of the wood-fired oven. Each of the Patagonia Sur Reserves properties has a top-flight chef, house staff, and guides, and the level of environmental sensitivity is matched by comfort, cuisine, and local expertise. We spent the next several days exploring the rain forest (where the birds are so unused to people that they fly right up to you), floating the rivers, and paddling among dolphins and sea lions. A special trip was a helicopter up to the Melimoyu glacier, the vastness of which puts humans in context. As we flew down from the glacier, we circled over multiple Yosemite-sized waterfalls. Continued on page 84

“A special trip by helicopter took us up to the Melimoyu glacier, the vastness of which puts humans in context. As we flew down from the glacier, we circled over multiple Yosemite-sized waterfalls.”

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should not expect to cuddle or kiss them, though their warm faces and horse-like eyes may seem to invite them to try. Still, many of the giraffes will let you pet and feed them, or curiously poke their heads in through open windows to look around. The manor is located within walking distance of the Giraffe Centre, a breeding center and nature preserve, which is included in the rate for guests. Also close by is an elephant orphanage that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants and rhinos. Karen Blixen, the Danish author of Out of Africa, is namesake to a nearby museum offering insight into the culture, history, and art of Kenya. Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is just 20 kilometers away and is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Africa. This cosmopolitan town, fondly nicknamed Green City in the Sun, has various tourist attractions such as the Kenya National Museum, many diverse restaurants, and great shopping. Giraffe Manor is a 40-minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta airport and 20 minutes from Wilson Airport. Rooms are offered from $505 per person, per night, and include meals and access to the nearby Giraffe Centre. The resort is closed PAGE 96 in May, but open for the remainder of the year.


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yacht can give you access to places that few ever get to know, all while enjoying pampered luxury. It’s about having new choices each day and sharing extraordinary experiences with the people you care about. Lavishly luxurious and effortlessly chic, the Unbridled embodies superyachting at its best. Delivered in 2009, the creation of Unbridled was driven by its equestrian owner’s determination to build a truly unique vessel. With equestrian touches throughout, it embodies, on the open water, the same sense of freedom and adventure attained while riding. At 191 feet, Unbridled offers accomodations for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, as well as 13 crew members. The owner, inspired by his family’s long history of riding and breeding horses and his love for the sport of polo, wove

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an equestrian theme into the ship’s design. The Unbridled logo contains a belt clip from a saddle in its imagery. The main salon contains a large grill behind the TV with horses galloping, the staircase is leather like a bridle, and all of the sconces on board are horses. Other amenities include a variety of water toys, hightech underwater diving system, stainless steel hot tub, and air conditioning on all outdoor decks. This kind of over-the-top luxury doesn’t come cheap. Unbridled is available for charter for the winter and summer seasons. Summer rates start at $350,000, with winter rates starting at $300,000 per week, plus operating expenses. But somehow for a once-in-a-lifetime experience like this, $25,000 per person for a week seems like a bargain. PAGE 96


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Sixteen elephants are trained for polo and are not shy of the mallets, balls, and other elephants. Bollywood stars, American celebrities, heads of state, kings, and corporate leaders have all participated, and in 2006, Cartier organized a tournament in Jaipur which included many A-list guests from Europe and America. Though elephants lack the agility and speed of horses, their docile nature and majestic presence ensures that every match is unforgettable and great fun. The basic rules of elephant polo (which guests are welcome to break) are simple. As in traditional polo, play is divided into seven-minute chukkers, though in this game there are four instead of the typical six. Between chukkers, players switch in order to allow as many guests as possible an opportunity to play. There may be no more than two elephants of the same team on any half of the field at once, and players are only permitted three taps of the ball. Polo Sport also offers other mounted activities around the world, including polo on horseback and on camels, and other equestrian activities like the ancient sport of tent-pegPAGE 96 ging, where galloping riders spear targets.

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It is essential to stress the Qatari’s profound history and love of equines. Arabian horses were the lifeblood of Qatar long before oil riches. For centuries these noble creatures enabled trade, long-distance desert travel, exploration, and growth. Ultimately horses were the key to survival, and Qataris are committed to not only preserving the bloodlines but also passing along respect for and admiration of these animals to future generations. The Al Shaqab equestrian center is the most striking example of the Qatari’s devotion to horses. Covering almost 250 acres on the outskirts of Doha, Al Shaqab is an historical site with sentimental value for the Qataris. It was the site of an 1893 battle during which loyal supporters of Sheik Jassim bin Mohammed drove out an Ottoman force that had come to arrest him. The stadium complex—which is entirely devoted to horses—rivals the world’s major sports venues of any discipline. The structure is an award-winning architectural extravaganza, designed by the renowned architectural firm 70 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | S P R I N G | 2014

1, 2. Marco Larsen and Carson Kressley sampled from Qatar Airway’s amazing wine list. The flight from New York took about 12 hours. 3, 4, 5, 16. We were welcomed royally to the St. Regis Doha by personal butlers, complementary Rolls-Royces, and an extravagant outdoor feast. 6. Carson rode camels, attacked the deser t dunes in Jeeps, and 9. made friends during our tour of the private stables. 7, 8. Riders from all over the world were competing in the Doha Longines Global Champions Tour, including 11. American competitor Reed Kessler. 10. A room with a view. 12. Unlike in America, a horse-show makes front page news. 13. The Souk sold everything from local pearls to camels and falcons. 14. Publisher C. W. Medinger introduced EQ, which will now be distributed in Qatar. 15. Editor Stephanie Peters and Carson enjoy “Jazz at Lincoln Center” at the St. Regis.

of Leigh and Orange (based in Hong Kong) and includes an outdoor arena, air-conditioned performance arenas, lounges, restaurants, a warm-up arena and track, and a full-service riding academy. Expansive press rooms, serving mainly Europe and the Middle East, are outfitted with the most sophisticated technology and flanked by observation lounges. Our visit to Al Shaqab coincided with the final 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour competition. We had the opportunity to visit with American rider Reed Kessler after her first competition in Qatar. She too was awed at the facility, commenting,“It was so thrilling to ride in this stadium. It’s just amazing!” The attached riding academy plays an important role in preserving Qatar’s equestrian heritage and culture. Horsemanship is encouraged for children and adults and is available to riders of all levels. The royal family learned to ride at the academy, and it is where their children learn. While touring the facilities, we crossed paths with the Emir’s children returning from their riding lessons. Academy riders can experience dressage, show jumping, endurance, and other equine sports. Currently there are 200 students enrolled, with a waiting list of 600. It seems fitting that the academy is part of the Qatar Foundation and Continued on page 90


Top row: Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli leaving the warm-up area; our tour of the vast facility required a golf cart; a new foal in the breeding barn. Second row: The state-of-the-art air-conditioned equine hydrotherapy and exercise unit incorporates a swim-

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here in America can you enjoy the turquoise ocean of a luxury beach hotel, dine at more gourmet restaurants than your waistline should permit, shop a street that rivals Rodeo Drive, golf on some of the country’s best courses, and enjoy the highestlevel dressage, grand-prix jumping, and polo? There is only one destination we can think of: Palm Beach. The area has been a favorite of high society for years, and now it is the choice of equestrians as well. With fine shopping, beautiful beaches, and classic charm, Palm Beach is a window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous—both old money and new—where business tycoons and celebrities cross paths with heirs to some of America’s greatest family fortunes while shopping on Worth Avenue, the Rodeo Drive of the East. There are no boring getaways here. Deep-sea fishing cruises are nearby. Or you can spend a day at one of the area’s beautiful golf courses. Palm Beach County has more courses than anywhere else in the nation. To Palm Beach’s west lies nearby Wellington, long the choice destina­tion for equestrians. When cold weather covers most of the country, Wellington hits its peak in show season, as pleasant temperatures provide predictably ideal conditions. Some of the biggest and most prestigious events in show jumping, polo, and dressage are held in Wellington every year, drawing large numbers of top competitors to the area.

WELLINGTON AND PALM BEACH OFFER AN UNEQUALED ARRAY OF EQUESTRIAN EVENTS, LUXURY, AND RECREATION.

Upper row: Shopping area at WEF; A new luxury resor t, Eau Palm Beach Resor t & Spa features 309 guestrooms and suites, casual and fine dining, a 42,000 square foot Eau Spa, private beach, and children’s activities; Lower row: A young rider at WEF, two views of Wor th Avenue.

Just as the area has the nations’s most golf courses, it also holds the record in polo, with over 80 active polo fields. Two of the best venues are the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and the Grand Champions Polo Club. IPC is a private members club with many events open to the public. Every Sunday, fans flock to IPC for the highest goal tournaments played in the United States, including such prestigious competitions as the Piaget USPA Gold Cup and the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship. Nearby Grand Champions Polo Club offers great field-side views of tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Flight Options. Hunter and jumper riders from around the world descend on Wellington each year for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). It is the largest and longest-running event in equestrian sport. Twelve weeks of show-jumping action are held every year at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from January through April. More than 10,000 exhibitors and up to 3,000 horses compete in any given week, within 15 show rings throughout the 100-acre equestrian show complex. Dressage lovers flock to Wellington as well. The new Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit. There are many other venues as well, such as the Ridge Wellington Turf Tour and the Citrus Series, the newest addition to the hunter/jumper competition landscape. PAGE 96


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The stunning, minimalist design of the spa by New York’s Clodagh Design, manages to bring the magic of the desert landscape to life. Below: A welcoming entrance to the private casitas. Below, center: The Miraval Equine Experience.

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orth of Tucson, amidst 400 acres of serene desert landscape and in view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, is Miraval Resort and Spa, the award-winning luxury retreat. With a core focus of promoting a life in balance, it delivers an experience that is both transformative and memorable. Miraval offers guests a variety of invigorating and physically challenging activities including hiking, mountain biking, and tennis. Exercises for body, mind, and spirit are offered through yoga, Pilates, and meditative labyrinth walks in the desert gardens. The Life in Balance Spa solidifies Miraval as a premier destination resort and spa. The treatments—vast in choices—are designed to transform guests through nurturing, rest, and renewal. Equestrian activities are also offered. Guests can enjoy a reflective trail ride or participate in Miraval’s signature Equine Experience with acclaimed equine facilitator Wyatt Webb and specially selected horses that will lead guests on rewarding journeys of self-discovery. At the end of the day, subtly lit walkways guide guests to their elegant casita-style accommodations. What a luxurious way to reflect on the day’s activities, healthful meals, and PAGE 96 personal accomplishments.

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MIRAVAL HAS AN ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES DEDICATED TO PROMOTING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.


Broadway producer and equestrian AMY NAUIOKAS’ favorite HOTEL: The Covent Garden Hotel in London. “Traditional English with a modern twist. And room 101 has the biggest bed in all of Europe!”

FEI 3* dressage judge and Central American Games Gold Medalist CESAR TORRENTE’S favorite RESTAURANT: Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru. GETAWAY: Curaçao.

German show jumper DAVID WILL’S favorite GETAWAY: Croatia. RESTAURANT: Grill Steakhouse in Bremen, Germany.

Ten-time U.S. National FourIn-Hand Driving Champion CHESTER WEBER’S favorite HOTELS: One and Only in the Maldives and 21C in Louisville, Ky. RESTAURANT: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc restaurant in Cap d’Antibes, France.

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Horse whisperer/artist MONTY AND PAT ROBERTS’ favorite HOTEL: Gritti Palace Hotel, Venice, Italy. “The view of the Grand Canal and the ambiance of the hotel was spectacular.” GETAWAY: “Heads and shoulders above all, my trips to Africa, going on the wildlife safaris and watching the abundant game.”

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Fashion expert, TV star, and Saddlebred champion CARSON KRESSLEY’S favorite HOTEL: Qualia, on Hamilton Island in Australia. “It’s ridiculously luxurious, but still casual, chic, and relaxing.” RESTAURANT: Earth in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Ashland Farm trainer KEN SMITH’S favorite HOTEL: The Seagate Delray Beach because it is “casual but very nice.”

Movie producer and Arabian-horse breeder MINDY PETERS’ favorite WEEKEND GETAWAY Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif. “Nestled into the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, the Post Ranch Inn exudes romance and relaxation.”

Grand Prix champion ASHLEE BOND CLARKE’S favorite HOTEL: Santa Catarina on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

ANN LEARY’S favorite HOTEL: Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy.

Young hunter/jumper professional SHAWN CASADY’S favorite GETAWAY: Phillips, Wisc. “It’s near in the north woods of Wisconsin and my aunt has a cottage up there. It’s great to relax, fish, eat, and enjoy peace.”

Top Canadian dressage rider DIANE CREECH’S favorite HOTEL: “I was in Las Vegas for the World Cup Final, and the Hotel Bellagio was absolutely incredible. I had never seen anything like it...the stunning indoor botanical garden and the chocolate fountain in the foyer.”

E Q ’ S F R I E N D S S H A R E T H E I R T R AV E L FAVO R I T E S Italian dressage rider SILVIA RIZZO’S favorite HOTEL: The Four Seasons in Sharm El Sheik. GETAWAY: New York City.

Olympian DEBBIE McDONALD’S favorite HOTEL: Casa Del Mar in Cabo. “We did this trip with our kids and their spouses, and it was one of the best times I can remember.” RESTAURANT: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France.

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG’S favorite GETAWAY: Bermuda. “There is nowhere in the world I would rather go than the beach in Bermuda.” HOTEL: The Four Seasons in Dublin during the horse show. “So much fun and such a beautiful hotel.”

Pan Am Gold Medalist Dressage CESAR PARRA’S favorite HOTEL: “I am partial to the Lindner chain of hotels in Europe—partly because they are very nice, but mostly because my upcoming star is named after them, and I LOVE him!”

Reining’s first family TIM AND COLEEN McQUAY’S favorite HOTEL: Bellagio in Las Vegas. “Tim likes blackjack.”

Top Canadian hunter/jumper rider ERYNN BALLARD’S favorite GETAWAY: Prince Edward Island. “The most beautiful spot in all of Canada.”

L.A. Saddlery owner RENEE SPURGE’S favorite HOTEL: “Nestled between majestic redwoods and rugged coastlines, the Ventana Inn and Spa is my favorite place to hide out and recharge.” RESTAURANT: The Inn at the Seventh Ray, tucked away in Old Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles.

Champion reiners MANDY AND TOM McCUTCHEON’S favorite GETAWAY: “I think Turks and Cacois has the most beautiful beaches and clearest water I have ever seen.”

Grand Prix dressage rider DEVON KANE’S favorite HOTEL: Sea Island Resort in Georgia. “The beach is pristine, the grounds are gorgeous and inviting, and the staff is always more than helpful and very friendly. The atmosphere is warm, southern family style, but no expense is spared, and it is certainly a top-class resort. When I think perfection and relaxation, I think of Sea Island.”

Polo star NIC ROLDAN’S favorite HOTEL: Kurland Hotel in Pletenburg Bay, South Africa. “It’s a gorgeous hotel on a private polo farm at the base of a mountain range and close to the beach.” RESTAURANT: The Meatball Shop in New York City. “You can’t go wrong because the meatballs are delicious!”

President of Breyer Horses TONY FLEISCHMANN’S favorite HOTEL: Baur Au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland. “This gorgeous old hotel on the lake is completely restorative.” RESTAURANT: Il Buco in NYC. “The food is incredibly fresh and well prepared. And once a year, I have to have a fried hot dog from legendary Rutt’s Hut in New Jersey­—although I usually regret it!”

2010 ASPCA Maclay Finals Champion HARLEY BARNHILL’S favorite HOTEL: The Monaco, Washington, D.C. “Love the modern décor, and it’s a short walk to the Washington International Horse Show.” GETAWAY: Key West. “It’s relaxed. You can do a lot of activities—or nothing at all.”

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EQ VISITS MARVINE RANCH WITH ITS ARCHITECTS, LACHLAN OLDAKER AND BILL AYLOR.

decided to create his second world-class

ranch for breeding and training cutting horses, he already knew the visual look he wanted and the function he needed. So, to bring Marvine Ranch in Weathersford, Texas, to reality, he brought together a team of two architectural firms—Lake|Flato of San Antonio, Texas, with the building aesthetic he loved,

design expertise he needed—to make the facility functional, safe, and healthy. EQ spoke with the project’s team: LACHLAN OLDAKER from GH2-Gralla, BILL AYLOR of Lake|Flato, and CODY EDINGER, manager of Marvine Ranch.

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The ranch is on 340 acres of coastal fields in the Texas hill country, with a sprinkling of red and live oak. It’s right in the center of the cutting-horse capital of the world outside of Dallas/Fort Worth. We have 12 large pastures and 11 paddocks that are all fenced with five-rail steel pipe and have individual shelters. Two ponds hold water for irrigation and keep the place lush and green. We generally get four cuttings of hay. The indoor riding arena is 300 feet by 140 feet in a building that includes a sound system, viewing areas, storage, and bathroom. Just behind it is a fully lighted outdoor arena. There is a 22-stall main barn, a 12-stall mare barn, a separate hydrotherapy barn with an underwater treadmill, and an outdoor arena and track.

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hen the owner of a Colorado cattle ranch

and GH2-Gralla of Tulsa, Okla., with the equestrian-

EQ: Tell us about Marvine Ranch.

Marvine is designed in the visual vernacular of the farms of Texas hill country. The simple shapes and simple materials combine to create a sophisticated and functional facility.

How did you get started?

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which included placing the buildings, pastures, hay fields, and roads. We relied on Lachlan to understand the routines and needs of a horse facility. OLDAKER: It was just raw land covered in brush. We brought in an Oklahoma firm that helps to reclaim pastures. And yes, starting with a master plan is critical. You consider the workflow of the farm, the health and safety of the animals and people, maximizing views, maintaining privacy, large vehicle access, and the locations of future expansions.

And the design?

The owner valued privacy and simplicity. He didn’t want a grand entrance or ostentatious structures. The design is in the Texas hill country vernacular,

FLOW OF THE FARM, THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE ANIMALS AND PEOPLE...” — ­LACHLAN OLDAKER

built with simple shapes and materials typical to the area: metal pipe, corrugated metal, wire fabric, flat-seam metal, and wood. I call it “ranch tech.” We looked at how working ranches are done traditionally, and re-created it contemporarily, including lots of input from Lachlan and the owner. Our approach is to be as simple as possible and let the materials express themselves. OLDAKER:

For optimum workflow, the barns are arranged in a procession from stalls to tack room to arena to paddocks. It is both aesthetic and functional.

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for ease of workflow, to get through a lot of horses quickly. Everything basically is under one roof, continuously connected. You can go from A to Z in one motion. You don’t have to go far or backtrack to do anything.

How does the cost compare to conventional building?

Well, we’d have to define conventional. Perhaps the base cost is slightly more expensive than the norm, but saving the time and materials required to cover up all that we left exposed probably equals out. Lighting and ventilation expense is reduced. Plus the rustedmetal structure obviously saves on yearly paint and maintenance costs.

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OLDAKER: The breezes here come from the south, and the buildings are oriented to take advantage. Because of the temperate climate, we maximized our use of metal mesh for walls. The corrugated and perforated materials block the wind but allow air and light inside. You can look out through the walls, which gives the interiors an open, airy feel. You wouldn’t want a fully-enclosed arena in this climate.

I’m probably most proud of how it fits so naturally into the land. It’s not overwhelming. Facilities this size often feel like industrial complexes. The road approach arrives at a high point, and you look down on the facility. For example, the south side of the arena is cut into a hillside to reduce the scale. If it were on flat ground it would be overwhelming.

How was working together as a team?

Well, like I said, we couldn’t have done an equestrian project of this scale without Lachlan. She knows so much about all aspects of the equestrian world.

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AYLOR:

OLDAKER: Creating Marvine as a team worked really well. Actually, we often team up with other architects to add our equestrian knowledge to their projects. Bill Aylor of Lake|Flato and Lachlan Oldaker from GH2-Gralla.

These two groups did a fabulous job working together. The architecture is award-winning, and Lachlan has done such a fabulous job in horse-care functionality.

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Grand Prix Village: Planned with the hor se in mind at ever y tur n, this magnificent equestr ian facility was constr ucted with the highest quality o f materials and built like a fortress. The 20-stall barn, jump arena, grass Grand Prix field, four paddocks, hot walker and industrial generator are a few of the top amenities to be found on-site. And with an owner’s apartment, manager’s apartment, and a studio apartment, there is plenty of room for everyone. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art security system that allows you to monitor the property through a live video feed anywhere in the world. Located in Grand Prix Village, the facility sits on the bridle path that is connected to the WEF show grounds. Offered at $12,900,000

Southfields: The pr oper ty has 2.8 acr es of land that holds a main house, a guest cottage, a 7-stall barn, large paddocks, a sand ring, and a backyard paradise. The main house has 2Br and 3Ba. The guest cottage has a spacious living area with kitchenette, 1Br, and 1Ba. The tranquil backyard has a pool, outdoor fireplace, and plenty of room for entertaining. Just steps from the new Dressage facility and minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival. Offered at $4,750,000

The Meadows: On the mar ket for the ver y fir st time - This well-loved and maintained equestrian facility has an 18-stall main barn with an adjacent 2stall barn and is situated on 5 beautiful acres. The property includes a sand ring with state of the art footing and a grass Grand Prix field. Located minutes from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and Global Dressage. This facility is “turnkey” with everything in place for your horses. Offered at $2,800,000

Amy Carr • Phone +1-561-662 0728 • Fax +1-561-791 2221 www.amycarr.evusa.com • Wellington, Florida • Amy.Carr@evusa.com


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MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME For JAMES LESLIE PARKER, documenting a human’s journey with a horse through photography has become a lifelong passion and labor of love.

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book by The Book LLC isn’t simply a collection of images hastily placed on paper and bound by an online company. Published by an Italian printer, it’s a magnificent work of art encompassing the relationships and moments in a rider’s world and reflecting his or her passion for both horses and competition. “It’s something they will have forever. The photos we take of competitions are complemented by those of family, friends, and pets,” said James Parker, adding that each book also incorporates a portrait session that can include any humans or animals the client would like in their book. “The number of pages in a book depends on the length of the contract, the number of horses and how often we see that client,” he added. “A book generally spans one or two years, but a Wellington, Fla., WEF-only book is available for those who show enough horses in enough divisions to give us an inventory of photos to tell the story.” The Book LLC evolved from Parker’s original business, James Leslie Parker Photography, to reflect the evolution of the photography business. “Seven years ago I realized that, as a photographer, I was going to have to do something

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Top: Kira Kerkorian proudly displaying her book. Above: James Parker photographed by Jenn Gates.

different,” he said. “I saw that the old business model was heading downhill, with everyone having easy access to a camera with their phone and theft from websites proliferating. It was time to think more creatively.” In addition to Parker, The Book LLC includes talented photographers Vicci Valenti

and Harry Wendt, as well as full-time designer Kristen Terebesi. All three are experienced professionals, with Terebesi a past successful junior rider. “She’s not just a designer, she’s a horse woman, and so she knows and has an intimate feel of the sport,” he said. Prior to publication, the client receives a proof of the book as proposed and is urged to comment or make any changes. Some choose to become involved, while others prefer Parker and his staff to tell the story as they see it. “We can do it either way,” said Parker. “No two book projects are the same. Most clients can’t wait each week to open their galleries on our website and see what we’ve added. And posting those images every week is what makes us try to make every week special for them— not just at the end of a long project.” Clients often send Parker notes of appreciation after receiving their books. “[I’m] speechless. The beauty of Kira’s book took my breath away!” said Kira’s mother, Lisa Kerkorian, recently after receiving her first book. “[You] captured every moment, nuance, memory, and observation, and told a story I could never articulate. I loved it more than words. Thank you for memorializing Kira’s PAGE 96 passion, dreams, and realities.”



PATAGONIA

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Next, a charter plane dropped us near Chaitén, and we took the four-hour, mostly gravel Austral road east toward the Argentine border by SUV. Good thing: the roads were spectacular but rugged, winding through the mountains, by huge glacial lakes and under hanging glaciers. There were more cows in the road than oncoming traffic. We dropped into Valle California after nightfall, but we could see the huge mountains dark against the sky, with the Milky Way within arm’s reach in the clear, dry sky. Accommodations at Valle California are in luxury yurts (not a contradiction in terms), with glorious beds furnished with great sheets and wool textiles from a cooperative supported by Patagonia Sur’s community development foundation. The dome at the top of the yurt opens to a view of the night sky. Boardwalks link the yurts to the “cincho,” a local term for barbecue, in this case a very elegant, contemporary, blond wood pavilion with a huge fireplace, a long common table and a comfortable seating area piled high with books. Here the chef and his very capable staff set up beautiful multi-course meals with great Chilean organic wines. Our first local excursion was a walk through the valley, then up through a lenga forest, a southern beech forest with huge, 800 year old trees. The forest was magical, with the green filtered light, dappling orchids, and mosses on the forest floor. As we climbed, the woods gave way to a hanging valley with a deep clear lake rimmed by cliffs. The Patagonia Sur team had flown up the chef and the “picnic” preparations by helicopter and greeted us by the lake with hot soup, wine, olives, cheese, sausages, salads and a yummy Patagonian dessert of peaches in heavy cream. Our following two days in Valle California were filled with fly fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and another flight up to a glacier, this time above Lago Palena, with the brilliant blue glacial lake below on a bluebell clear day.

ABOUT PATAGONIA SUR Patagonia Sur has created a first-of-its-kind real estate development model focused on conservation. After years of studying and exploring the Patagonia region, they acquired seven unique ecosystems totaling more than 60,000 acres, guaranteeing the permanent protection of these beautiful proper ties for future generations. This allows conservation-minded families to own and enjoy a magnificent ecosystem with the assurance that its beauty will be preserved forever. If you are interested in investing in Valle California and wish to explore the proper ty, Patagonia Sur will help you design a visit catered to your specific needs and interests. PAGE 96

B ET W E E N T HE EARS OF A HORSE

The best way to see Patagonia is between the ears of a horse. Some would argue it is the best way to see the world, period. But when a place is as remote and the country as rugged as inland Chile, the best way to travel is on the back of a sturdy, short-coupled, insanely agile Chilean horse. “What kind of horses are these?” I asked. “Chilean Horses” was always the answer. They are somewhat Iberian in type; some are gaited, others not. They are handsome, intrepid, and thrifty, getting through the winter on grass out on the pampa. Our guide, Simon Pablo Tapia Marini, spends the summer season guiding and the winter riding and training young jumpers. But not just any jumpers: back in the camp house, he showed us videos jumping five or six horses at the same show, ranging from greenies jumping 84 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | S P R I N G | 2014

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one-meter classes to Grand-Prix-level horses: Zangersheides, Holsteiners, and Hanoverians. Horse people bond quickly, so we had a global video-viewing session, finishing off with watching cult-favorite helmet-cam footage of Australian Peter Atkins riding his Argentine horse in Florida. Simon had the horses all tacked up for us. The bits and tack were interesting. The local sheepskin saddles, familiar from photos, were matched with a broken wire snaffle, with chain in the middle and a leather curb strap. Needless to say, you neck rein. Simon took us out through the pampa. Every so often he’d take off at a gallop and jump a couple of ditches on the hot little grulla mare he was riding. Macumbo, my sturdy black gelding, warmed up to the idea of going along and proved to be beautifully trained in lateral work and nice off the leg. I wondered whether some of that Iberian classical technique had filtered into gaucho teaching. Or maybe good horsemanship is just that. From the valley floor we climbed steeply up to the top of a nearly vertical hill in the middle of Valle California. From here, we beheld a commanding view of the entire property, with the rushing Rio Tigre running through it. The lateafternoon sunlight was sharply angled, and the lenga trees were just starting to turn. The sky was impossibly blue. It was like going back 150 years in the American West. No cars, no airplanes, no noise at all. Just the wind and the horses’ breathing. We were grateful for the beautiful country, the sense of community and inclusion provided by the Patagonia Sur team, and for the chance to experience a remote and beautiful part of the world that evokes an American landscape from the distant past. To spend entire days without a plane overhead, or a powerline, or a cell-phone ringtone—where the water is so clean you can drink from the streams—with kind, knowledgeable people, what more could you ask for? As 21st-century humans, we can travel all over the world at fantastic speeds. Friends post on Facebook from the Great Wall. So what makes going to Patagonia special? For me, it was the opportunity to experience one of the world’s last remaining wild places. But of course, even Patagonia is impacted by human activity, from deforestation to overfishing to climate change to threats from massive hydroelectric dams. The soon-to-come paving of the Austral road will change Patagonia profoundly. That’s what is so exciting about Patagonia Sur. The design of the project was to take a multi-dimensional approach to land protection: ecotourism, reforestation, scientific research, education, community development and sales of real estate as part of a very thoughtful land planning and conservation program. It is a huge endeavor that creates community in these special places that enriches the experience of being there.

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Bella Riva “La Rotunda” one of the world’s great estates

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      , this 238-acre showplace ranch is one of the great architectural masterpieces – an imposing four-story, 34-room Antebellum-style mansion. Double electronic entry gates and an arched stone entry open to an illuminated one-mile, tree-lined drive leading to the main compound that is complimented by three fabulous fountains. Designed for outdoor entertaining, the grounds will accommodate seating for 2,500 with a lavish shell stone pool area containing professional cooking facilities. This world-famous ranch is only 45 minutes from an international airport, making this ranch perfect for a corporate retreat or family compound. Lush, emerald green rolling pastures, with a 10-acre trophy bass and catfish lake, manager’s home, and a show barn/auction facility with theatre seating for 325. The main home, in a private, gated, walled compound, is a fourlevel columned mansion with four sides of columned verandas. The

main level foyer features marble flooring and a grand double staircase, a dining room with fireplace, music room, library, and an office with marble fireplaces, living room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with commercial features, including dumb waiter and full bath. The floating staircase is the highlight of a 60-foot three-story atrium, and leads to an entry parlor with inlaid wood flooring, a huge master suite with fireplace and Cherry wood inlaid floors, and all marble his and her baths. There are two guest suites, both with fireplaces, studies, and sitting rooms. The third floor features four guest suites, each with full baths and sitting rooms. Other amenities include elevator to all four floors, intricate moldings, central vacuum, imported gold and crystal chandeliers and approximately 20,000 square feet under roof and 16,000 square feet of living area. This ranch offers a rare opportunity to purchase one of the landmark ranches in Texas. Offered at only $7,500,000.

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D O H A , Q ATA R is located in the heart of education city, along with the academic outposts of Cornell, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, and other esteemed international universities.

are impeccable, with huge stalls, and the horses—primarily Arabians—are magnificent, fit, and groomed to perfection. Everywhere we went, we found the staff incredibly friendly, generous with their time, and eager to share Al Shaqab’s vision with the world.

Our entire group was invited to ride some prize Arabian horses at the academy and take a rare, private tour of the vast facilities, which are laid out to form a horseshoe. The stables are built in harmony with the stadium, as are the rehabilitation facilities and one of the largest breeding centers in the world, with a capacity for 400 horses. We couldn’t help but notice the astonishing attention to detail. There is an unwavering harmony to both the architecture and landscaping—each facility has its own unique purpose, and each building contributes to a cohesive homage to horses. There are numerous separate stables for dressage, show jumping, Arabians, breeding, and endurance. There is a veterinary center, visitor’s center, and an equestrian club with a panoramic view of the entire complex. The equine exercise center hosts an impressive mix of state-of-the-art equine hydrotherapy and exercise units, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and treadmill that is unequaled by any we’ve ever seen. The many air-conditioned stables

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Many shops in the Doha Souk sell falcons. The raptors sit hooded on their perches, and premier birds cost as much as $1 million.

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To fully appreciate the city of Doha you must tour this fascinating blend of ancient civilization and modern development. The virtually new city makes it hard to imagine that not much more than 10 years ago Bedouin tribes thrived in the desert—traveling by horse and camels. Qataris living along the Persian Gulf spent their days on pearl-diving boats called dhows. Pearls were a major industry long before oil. Built along the Corniche, a seaside promenade, Doha’s skyline is a dramatically modern backdrop against the steady stream of dhows that still head out to sea. The riotous mix of buildings stands prominently along the azure water and was best described by our host, Marco Larsen: “Doha is the world’s petri dish of architecture.” The buildings are most alive at night, when they dance to a chaotic symphony of mutating colors, lights, and motion. Continued on page 92



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A trip to a Souk—the traditional open-air Arab market—is an entertaining way to experience Qatari customs and history. Imagine a maze of long passageways and alleys, with curious twists and turns and brimming with merchants selling their wares. Colored lanterns and exotic smells wafting from spice shops lure you in. Vibrant tapestries, silks, pearls, and gold are irresistible and test the temptation of even the savviest shoppers. Unexpected were the many shops selling falcons, all sitting hooded on their perches. We learned that falconry is a popular but not inexpensive sport, with prices for premier raptors selling for as much as $1 million. If you stroll far enough through the maze, you may eventually find a camel souk, and if you lose your way, listen for the hooves of mounted police as they meander through the cobblestone walkways. CU LT U R E AND ACT IV IT IES

In its quest to become a global art center, Doha has an

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f luxury travel is a favorite indulgence, rest assured that Qatar Airways meets and exceeds any expectations of airborne comfor t. There is a rather overused maxim “It’s not the destination but the journey,” and in the case of Qatar Airways business class, it couldn’t be more accurate. The 12-hour flight from New York City’s JFK airpor t seems all too shor t to fully enjoy the comfor t and amenities offered at 30,000 feet. The five-star service, culinary marvels, extensive wine lists, and unlimited enter tainment are the perfect de-stressing precursors to a good night’s sleep. And sleep you will. Once settled into the complimentary grey flannel pajamas, one can fully recline in a cozy bed outfitted with Frette linens, quilted comfor ters, complimentary turn-down service, and dream-enhancing pillows. As a side note, when traveling from the United States on Qatar Airways, business class is first class, and we now understand why many critics choose it as the world’s best.

To extend this pampered state upon landing, consider splurging on Al Maha Services, Qatar’s upscale meetand-greet service, which provides a perfect foray into Arabian hospitality. It offered us full porter service and a personalized bypass of the hectic pre- and-post-flight processing through passport, immigration, and visa

clearance, while relaxing in an ultraprivate lounge in both Doha and JFK. Qatar Airways is poised to fly thousands of soccer athletes, fans, and members of the press as Doha prepares to host the 2022 soccer FIFA World Cup. As part of that preparation, the airline has joined the OneWorld alliance, offering a host of benefits for travelers.


In the

The Museum of Islamic Ar t is a must. Designed by world-famous architect I.M. Pei, it sits on its own island.

abundance of museums and points of cultural interest. If your time is limited, a trip to The Museum of Islamic Art is a must. Designed by world-famous architect I.M. Pei (the Louvre), it is built on its own island, positioned out of reach of encroaching skyscrapers. A stunning blend of modern simplicity and Islamic architecture, it is nothing less than spectacular, reminding our group of Los Angeles’ Getty Museum. While the EQ team was engaged in equestrian pursuits, Carson and friends enjoyed some of the other popular activities available to visitors. Dune bashing, a heart-in-your-throat jeep experience of being pitched about like a rag doll while traversing steep desert dunes, was enjoyed along with a camel ride. And of course there was shopping. Lots and lots of shopping! After a wonderful five days, we learned that, while Qatar might be the world’s richest country, we think it could also be the most welcoming. In short, it’s a new must-visit destination for equestrians.

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Our trip was scheduled prior to the completion of Hamad International Airpor t, the new five-star home base for Qatar Airways. Without question it will soon be a bustling, world-class, 600,000-square-meter facility a convenient 30-minute drive from Doha. It is

Doha has no shor tage of five-star hotels. Two of our favorites are the Kempinski and the St. Regis Doha, that hosted the EQ team. The Kempinski is ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together. Accommodations range from one-to four-bedroom suites.

slated for a phased opening beginning in mid-2014. Exciting news for equestrians are the soon-to-open live animal airpor t facilities designed to receive and transpor t significant numbers of horses. Qatar’s primary focus is to open the doors to greater international equestrian par ticipation and eliminate the traditional obstacles that often come with equine transport.

The St. Regis Doha offers the ultimate seaside experience at an elite westbay address. Middle Eastern mystique is integrated into modern yet timeless style. Your personal butler greets you upon arrival and is of assistance throughout your stay. Be sure to take advantage of their signature fleet of complimentary Rolls-Royces.

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hen my dad was in Russia over a decade ago, he read about a relatively unknown breed of dog and decided to buy three puppies for his three little girls. While this was a wonderful idea in theory, three puppies owned by children all under the age of 15 was a bit hectic. Two of the puppies were quickly given to close family friends, but Max was mine for good! People always ask me what type of breed Max is, and the answer is actually a bit embarrassing. Max is a St. Petersburg Orchid. That’s right; my dog is essentially a Russian flower.

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Jumper BRIANNE GOUTAL explains that her dog Max is a Russian flower.

Max is my favorite travel buddy as I compete around the world. I have never truly believed this is a real breed, and the American Kennel Club does not list it as one. Since there are no known descriptions of the St. Petersburg Orchid, I think of Max as the standard for the breed. He is extremely intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. He is almost prissy in his love of comfort. He’s generally found on top of a pillow, blanket, or sweater. Other dogs and getting dirty do not interest him, and he has an obsession

with swimming—pool, lake, ocean, you name it. He’s protective of me and never leaves my side except when I am riding, when he obediently stays in the barn. Max is my favorite travel buddy as I compete around the world, and after a long day of riding, I absolutely love relaxing on the couch with him at my side! Brianne Goutal is a professional equestrian who has been riding since the age of 4. She made history in 2005 by becoming the only equestrian to win all four finals on the junior circuit: the USEF Talent Search, the WIHS, the USEF Medal, and the Maclay. Currently only 25 years old, Goutal is one of the top up-and-coming show jumpers in the world. She is a graduate of Brown University and lives in Wellington, Fla.


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