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C A R S O N K R ES S L EY: A C I T Y B OY WI T H S O U T H ER N C H A R M Horses abound in this vibrant Manhattan apartment. Settle into the perfect backdrop where we talk about fashion, dĂŠcor, and horses.
LI S A C U EMA N A N D T H E W I L D H O R S ES O F T H E O U T ER B A N K S Discover how Lisa produces her arresting images of these enigmatic horses by being a little more observer than photographer.
E Q V I S I T S MA RT H A S T EWA RT â€™ S B ED F O R D, N . Y. , FA R M Mar tha serves up a visual feast for a photographic tour of her European-style barn, carriage collection, and magnificent gardens.
AS H L EE B O N D K EEP S T H E LI TT L E T H I N G S F U N Ashlee takes some time out to talk about the balance between high-stakes competition and the happiness she finds at home.
Special Feature: Polo Across America
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PO L O AC RO S S A MER I C A Once considered a sport of the upper-crust, polo now enjoys a broader reach. Learn about the history and traditions, the rules and the lingo, and all of the nuances associated with the sport. Meet the athletes, the innovators, and the families immersed in the world of polo.
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ST Y LE You can be stylish and practical with these equestrian-inspired handbags steeped in classic, timeless traditions.
12 Editor’s Note 20 Science Now, detecting lameness is a science.
GIVING BACK JustWorld International has become a reason to ride. Read how equestrian Jessica Newman has created a link between the horse world and a charity focused on global humanitarian effor ts.
PEOPLE Chip McKenney, Founder of the Gay Polo League (GPL), tells us what triggered his decision to start the popular organization and how the diverse membership of polo enthusiasts continues to grow.
ON T H E C OV E R: Carson Kressley shot on location at his Manhattan apar tment. Carson is wearing Tucci boots; Ralph Lauren Purple Collection shir t; AG jeans; Rolex watch; Car tier bracelet; Hermès belt. (Photo for EQ by Michael Weschler)
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FASH I O N Thinking of giving your tired footwear the boot? Whether you are pairing your boots with jeans or polishing off a show look, you’ll discover lots of stylish options suitable for every kind of rider.
T RAV E L Visit Salamander Resor t and Spa, the new luxury equestrian destination in Middleburg, Virginia. Stable your horse in the 22-stall barn and enjoy miles of trails through this 340acre resor t in the hear t of horse country.
BARN DES I G N Meet top equine architect John Blackburn as he walks us through one of his barns. He describes the process and essential guidelines for building a safe and efficient barn while working within a limited budget.
30 Legal Attorney Robin Trupp offers up sound legal advice when it comes to equestrian disputes. 100 What Does $3 Million Buy? The prices may be about equal, but horse farms come in a variety of styles. 104 Resources (Look for to find the products and services in this issue.) 106 Barn Dogs Meet Martha Stewart’s French Bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey.
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This extraordinary seven piece set of repoussé gold saddle fittings is a great rarity made for the highest of royalty. Rank privileges would allow the next level of nobility to have gold on silver fittings with slightly lesser nobility having solid silver and then gilt bronze or gilt copper fittings. These types of fittings have been found around the Xining area in Qinghai Date: Early Tang Dynasty (ca. 7th-8th century) Province, although the gilt silver Medium: Gold and gilt copper appear to have Size: 31 ½ H x 32 ½” W (framed) been found additionally in the Metallographic Examination adjacent provinces of Gansu and XRF Analysis Xinjiang. On this exceptional Tool Marking, Construction and Patination Study set, there are extensive depictions of zoomorphic forms amongst vine and floral motifs including two front facing guardian beasts. The front fork of the saddle (shown left) was inlaid with turquoise eyes, one of which is replaced. An additional example of the esteem in which these artifacts were held is the use of gold nails to connect the gold to gold. Additionally, silver nails were used to connect the fittings to the wood frame. These are among the earliest known gold saddle fittings ever found in China. TK Asian Antiquities will be hosting an extraordinary exhibit:
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Horse Harness Ornaments of Gold and Silver This is a very rare seventeen piece set of embossed gold foil harness ornaments, four of which possess almost complete original silver trim. Several other mounts retain traces of silver around the edges. Adorned with stylized feline heads, each shape produces a distinct facial expression. These fittings, used on royal mounts in the northwestern region of China, reinforce the information that we have which suggests that horses were the most prestigious of possessions, and that some of the finest of artistic and technical abilities were utilized on their adornment. Date: Tang Dynasty (c. 618-906 CE) Medium: Gold and silver Subject: Horse harness ornaments Size: 22 ½” W x 13 ½” H (framed) XRF analysis Tool Marking, Construction and Patination Study
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Carson Kressley visits with editor Stephanie Peters, left, and deputy editor Jill Medinger in his Manhattan apar tment.
ur fall issue seems perfectly tied to the season. It marks the official end of summer, where indulgent beach books are replaced with textbooks and the slower pace we’ve eased into suddenly starts to quicken. Fall is also a benchmark for EQ. It marks the beginning of our second year of publication, and we have reason to celebrate this event. EQ recently won the prestigious Overall Best Horse Publication in America award, presented by American Horse Publications. We feel honored to have received this recognition, especially given the array of established and respected horse publications on the market. Earning awards wasn’t something we had expected; it was simply a manifestation of hard work and doing what we love.
IN T HIS ISSU E
We’ll begin our second year with deputy editor, Jill Medinger’s Polo Across America feature. She has gathered some of the best and most distinguished people in the sport to offer their expertise on all things polo. It’s fun, it’s fascinating, and–as Jill discovered in her private lesson–polo may be the “Sport of Kings,” but you don’t have to be royalty to play. And how could we not love visiting Carson Kressley in his equestrian-centric Manhattan apartment? He is everything you might imagine and then some. His wit and candor, along with his knowledge of décor, fashion, and American Saddlebreds, left a few of us awestruck–and others feeling a little fashion-challenged. We transitioned from the panoramic city views of Manhattan to the manicured gardens and pristine barn of Martha Stewart. Enjoy this pictorial essay of a farm where stunning details
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rule supreme. How does Martha do it? I suppose we could have posed the question to her French Bulldogs while they were interviewing us for their blog. Yes, that’s right, Sharkey and Francesca have a blog, and you can read about it on our Barn Dogs page. Previously, we promised we had more great people to visit from our recent trip west. Get caught up with Ashlee Bond as she plans for her fall wedding after a great summer of competition. And meet the Deutsches, featured in Polo Across America, where polo is all about family.
WHAT ’ S A H EA D
In the next issue we will be trading our polo mallets for braided lariats and leaving the Sport of Kings for the corrals of cowboys. We will meet Tim and Colleen McQuay, legends in the industry of reining and hunter and jumper training. And if we are lucky, Lyle Lovett will play us a song or two when we visit him at his family farm. We plan to kick up some dust, have some fun, and with a little coaxing, maybe try some reining. Who wouldn’t love that?
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FALL 2013 VOLUME 2 NUMBER 3 EDITOR AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR Stephanie B. Peters EDITORS AT LARGE Georgina Bloomberg and Ann Leary DEPUTY EDITOR Jill B. Medinger DESIGN MANAGER Mar y A. Stroup PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR George Kamper EDITORIAL MANAGER Rose DeNeve EQ SPECIAL EVENTS Jennifer Pearman Lammer CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kendall Bierer, Deborah Deutsch, Molly Knott, Joan Nor ton VMD, Sharon Robb, Renee Spurge, Daniel M. Scheraga INTERNS Hayley Dolan, Maggie For tune, Abigail Googel, Kady Hobbins EQUESTRIANQUARTERLY.COM TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Matt Tarsi PUBLISHER C. W. Medinger ADVERTISING SALES NATIONAL SALES MANAGER: Linda Andersen, 603-718-1478, C:978-807-7640, andersen@equestrianquar terly.com EASTERN REGION, Melissa Rettig, 703-201-0122, rettig@equestrianquar terly.com SOUTHEASTERN REGION, Christian Palmer, 612-618-8216, palmer@equestrianquar terly.com WESTERN REGION, Dick Holcomb, 770-740-7120, firstname.lastname@example.org CALIFORNIA, Rodney Brooks, 415-385-5191, brooks@equestrianquar terly.com CONSULTANTS George Fuller, Kristin Ackerman PR/PRESS INQUIRIES Carrie Wir th, Phelps Media Group, Wellington, FL, 561-753-3389 NEWSSTAND DISTRIBUTION Teri Combs, RCS Magazines, Richard Trummer, Cur tis Circulation Co. PRINT & DISTRIBUTION Rena Rully, Brown Printing, New York, NY EQ ADVISORY BOARD COLLEGE RIDING Bob Cacchione, Founder IHSA WELLINGTON DRESSAGE Carol Cohen, Wellington, FL THERAPEUTIC RIDING Patty Coyle, PATH, Pegasus, Brewster, NY CHERRY KNOLL FARMS Margaret Duprey, Wellington, FL FUTURE CONCEPTS J. Stanley Edwards DRESSAGE Katja Eilders, FEI Master German Classical Dressage, CT GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB Melissa Ganzi, Wellington, FL OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST/SHOW JUMPING Peter Leone, Lionshare Farm, Greenwich, CT HUNTER/JUMPER TRAINER AND REINING LEGENDS Colleen and Tim McQuay, Tioga, TX EQUESTRIAN REAL ESTATE Katie Murphy, Luxequestrian.com OLYMPIAN AND PRESIDENT OF PHELPS MEDIA GROUP Mason Phelps, Wellington, FL ARABIAN HORSES Mindy Peters, Los Alamos, Ca HUNTER/JUMPER WEST Chris Pratt, Los Angeles, CA EQUESTRIAN FASHION Renee Spurge, LA Saddler y, Los Angeles, CA COMBINED DRIVING LEGEND Chester Weber, Ocala, FL EQUESTRIAN QUARTERLY is published four times yearly and is distributed at selected equestrian locations, newsstands and available for home deliver y for $18.95/$21.95 Canada. Subscribe: equestrianquar terly.com/subscribe or mail EQ, Box One, Brownsville, VT 05037. Subscription management and address changes: www.equestrianquar terly.com/subscription Editorial inquiries and letters to the editor: info@equestrianquar terly.com WYNNWOOD MEDIA LLC 41 East 11th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10003 © 2013 All rights reser ved, Wynnwood Media, LLC . No por tion may be reproduced in print or online without written permission. ® Equestrian Quarterly and EQ are registered trademarks of Wynnwood Media.
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Decor The arrival of autumn largely ushers out al fresco dinner parties but also heralds the anticipated season of entertaining on a grander and more formal scale. Equestrian style blogger MOLLY KNOTT sets a well-dressed table with these eye-catching equestrian chinas.
The Cheval collection by Julie Wear adds sophistication and drama with the iconic snaffle bit.
ith the holidays fast approaching, it’s not too early to start planning your grand celebrations, and the dining room is another fabulous place to express your equestrian style. The hallmark of equestrian entertaining is a well-dressed dinner table, which we like to think of being much like styling ourselves for a party. Of course you have your accessories – linens, silverware, stemware, and the centerpieces – but it is always the dinnerware that sets the stage. Formal china, perhaps used infrequently, can feel at once impractical yet also cherished as a nostalgic family tradition. We think of it like a little black dress, allowing a party to look effortlessly stylish on a moment’s notice. Like a good show bridle, it signifies that an event is somehow special.
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Molly Knott is the founder and editor of the lifestyle blog, Dappled Grey, a curated guide to equetsrian 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.
The china you select, or inherit, can say a lot about your individual style. For my own table, I use the minimalist white Wedgwood Nantucket Basket, a not overtly equestrian pattern. Instead, my preferred look is to leave our dark, farmhouse table unclothed to maximize the contrast and let my equestrian accessories shine. My mother, on the other hand, is much more of a traditionalist, and her very formal dining room is the perfect setting for a huntthemed china. This is a woman who can set a table with precision, which the intricate hunt scenes require, and knows how to artfully accessorize for the epitome of an elegant equestrian tabletop. Julie Wear’s designs are heavily rooted in tradition; she has even painted a commissioned horse portrait for Buckingham Palace. AvailContinued on page 18 able in black and chestnut
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Lladro’s Equus Collection incorporates elements of their horse sculptures into striking, functional china.
brown, her Cheval collection – strikes a modern note of polished sophistication with her sleek twist on the iconic snaffle bit. A very coherent look could easily be created by incorporating additional snaffle elements in the other accessories. For the equestrian style iconoclast, we recommend the Lladro Equus collection, designed by London’s Bodo Sperlein and a far cry from the blue and beige figurines in a grandmother’s curio cabinet. This exquisite formal china incorporates individual elements of Lladro’s horse sculptures into the functionality of dishes, bowls, and tea sets – legs as handles, heads as the feet of a bowl. The resulting effect strikes the perfect balance of strength and delicacy, just like the china’s namesake. And then, of course, there is the ultimate in equestrian elegance. The Hermès Cheval d’Orient pattern is an ornate and brilliantly-hued pattern infused with silk-road drama, but so transcen-
dent it could be set gracefully anywhere in the world. The many differing scenes on individual plates, cups, and bowls are sure to inspire conversation amongst the equestrian jet-set. Finally, when selecting a new pattern, think about the differing ways you might style it depending on the occasion and your other pieces. And like a knockout outfit, take pictures of your favorite equestrian table settings so you can recreate or edit them for future celebrations. Happy entertaining!
Mix and match the ornate and colorful patterns and scenes of Hermès Cheval d’Orient.
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Science Even experts can’t diagnose subtle LAMENESS as accurately as this new tool. BY JOAN NORTON VMD, DACVIM
record movement of the horse at each location. The data is wirelessly transmitted to a laptop that uses complex algorithms to determine the location and severity of lameness. The accuracy of it is similar to the gold-standard force plate analysis. When compared to three seasoned equine veterinarians, the Lameness Locator was able to detect mechanically-induced lameness at a much subtler level than the trained naked eye. Horses were fitted with shoes containing a screw that applied pressure to the sole at increasing intensities, producing a lameness that worsened with each turn of the screw. The inertial sensors identified the lameness at a much earlier stage than the practitioners. This higher sensitivity was apparent regardless of front or hind limb lameness or whether the lameness was induced with toe or heel pain. The Lameness Locator will be invaluable for mild lameness, multiple-limb lameness, and lameness secondary to another injury. It can also be part of the ever important pre-purchase exam to detect lameness not apparent to the naked eye. While nothing will completely replace the complete lameness exam that your veterinarian can provide, the Lameness Locator can bring these exams to the next level, identifying problems sooner, leading to better treatment and a faster return to the ring.
ameness in your performance horse can be a frustrating setback. Subtle lameness or vague, undiagnosed poor performance can be exasperating, and the longer diagnosis is delayed by uncertainty, the longer the time to treatment. Traditional lameness exams rely on an experienced veterinarian’s eye to detect changes in the horse’s gait. Not only do clinicians need to identify that the gait is abnormal, they must also determine which limb is affected—something not so simple, especially when dealing with hind-limb lameness. But even though there are standardized grading scales for lamenesses set out by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, when subtle abnormalities are present there is often disagreement between the evaluations of experienced equine veterinarians. To combat the low reliability and potential bias of subjective exams, scientists have developed objective ways of measuring lameness. Force-plates, recessed into the floors of veterinary clinics, force-sensing treadmills, and specialty force-measuring shoes have been used to detect changes in the amount of pressure exerted by each limb as a horse jogs. While these are considered the gold standard in evaluating lameness they are not readily accessible. Horses may have to travel long distances to a clinic that has such technology.
A E RO S PAC E T ECHNOLOGIES
Now researchers and veterinarians are turning to advanced mechanics employed by the aerospace and automotive industries. Developed by veterinarians at the University of Missouri and produced by Equinosis LLC, the Lameness Locator® uses inertial sensors (gyroscopic accelerometers) to detect asymmetry in a horse’s gait. Three small, lightweight sensors are placed on the horse. One is attached to the halter, one wraps around the pastern, and a third is placed on the top rump. These pieces
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he blue and purple coats of JustWorld International have become a staple at horse shows across the world, with juniors to grand prix riders donning the recognizable colors. JustWorld International has become more than a name and a vision in the equestrian world—it has become a reason to ride. Jessica Newman, an avid equestrian and former competitor, created a link between the equestrian world and JustWorld’s humanitarian efforts by providing opportunities for equestrians to help those less fortunate. The wildly popular not-for-profit organization has worked diligently around the globe to improve the lives of impoverished children by providing nutrition, health,
Top: students in a school in Guatemala. Bottom: JustWorld Ambassador Taylor Land.
hygiene, education and cultural development. They will return as the American Gold Cup’s Charity Partner this year, with their signature horseless horse show and an array of fundraising events to support their mission. Last year, the partnership helped JustWorld raise over $18,000. JustWorld supports children in developing countries through its network of JustWorld Ambassadors, who pledge a portion of their annual winnings (or a donation) to the organization. The JustWorld annual gala in mid-January collected more than $420,000, and in 10 years, Newman and her JustWorld Ambassadors have raised more than $5.5 million used for sustainable outreach projects in Guatemala, Honduras and Cambodia. Newman grew up in a privileged family with the opportunity to pursue show jumpContinued on page 24
ing on a full-time basis. She was the girl who had everything: a private barn, a string of elite horses and a top trainer. Her accolades include riding for the United States Equestrian Team in the Nations Cup competition and the Developing Riders Tour, as well as taking top placings in the World Cup-qualifying grand prix classes throughout North America. She was living a charmed life. Then at 22, Newman had an epiphany. The turning point occurred when she was studying International development at The American University of Paris, an exclusive school with approximately 1,000 students from 150 different countries. This opportunity widened her horizons and changed her perspective when she realized the pervasiveness of poverty in the world. Her eyes were opened when she realized the number of people who don’t have hope for even a sliver of the opportunities she enjoyed. She put her tack away, walked away from her life of privilege and jumped at an opportunity to work with the Trickle Up organization in 1998, shortly after Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras. That trip was only the beginning for Newman, for it was there that JustWorld International was conceived when she realized that her equestrian connections could lead her to help others. She researched partner organizations in countries suffering from extensive impoverishment including Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil. Her goal
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Top left: The new Pio School in Cambodia. Top right, a mobile library visits children in Honduras; center, Jessica Newman in Cambodia, bottom, JustWorld Ambassadors in Guatemala.
was to generate change for the local children, focusing on their happiness, health and education. “I see JustWorld expanding and having a presence all over the world with the support of the equestrian community,” Newman elaborated. “It is beyond exciting to see how much it has grown. No matter what country I go to for an event, there is always someone who is involved with JustWorld.” Since its inception, JustWorld International has supported projects in developing countries across the globe, with their main focus still concentrated on Honduras, Guatemala and Cambodia. Newman and her Ambassadors have successfully raised funds to build several schools, buy educational supplies, provide salaries for teachers, create a mobile library - more of a mobile school, fund community programs and provide vocational training. JustWorld prides itself on the sustainable projects they created to provide hope and a future for the children involved. JustWorld is about more than writing a check. It welcomes volunteers and supporters with open arms to visit the projects outside of their usual world. A cornerstone for JustWorld International became raising awareness and encouraging young people to make a positive difference in the world and then helping them share that knowledge and experience with others to achieve a domino effect. For Newman, life began at the end of her comfort zone, and look at how much she has accomplished. PAGE 104.
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People founder of the GAY POL O on how the league was born.
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there have been a few uncomfortable moments, but those are few and far between.
Tell us about your famous Tailgate Competition!
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League (GPL) and how did it get started?
The Gay Polo League is a sports organization with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members across the U.S. and active chapters in California, New York, and Florida. Our membership also includes international players in Argentina, Australia, China, Canada, France, and South Africa. The idea of founding a gay polo league came to me during a polo lesson. At that time, I was looking for a LGBT organization that offered a quality experience that would include travel, horses, and team competition.
Are all GPL members from the LGBT community?
Our membership is a diversified group. We are gay and non-gay. We are young and not so young. We are well educated, well traveled, and sports-minded. Some members have an equestrian background and many are inexperienced riders. Our common bond is a shared passion for polo.
Where do you usually play?
Do you feel that other teams have any issue with a gay polo league?
Originally, GPL played primarily on the West Coast. Our largest chapter was in Los Angeles. Over the years, we have organized polo events—clinics, tournaments, and social events—at El Dorado, Empire, Grand Champions, Menlo, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Will Rogers polo clubs. In the future, we plan to organize events in other parts of the country and certain international venues too.
Overall, the polo world is extremely open and welcoming to the GPL. The league could not provide the experiences we do without the support of polo clubs and members. Even the United States Polo Association (USPA) is very supportive of our league. In fact, GPL is a USPA designated polo club. Without question, many non-gay people contribute to the success of our league and events. Of course,
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Tailgates at our International Gay Polo Tournament event in Wellington Fla. are legendary. The tailgate competition is fierce! Some spectators work all year to create their theme. Past winners of the competition include a Titanic tailgate complete with huge ice sculpture, period crew uniforms, a string quartet, and the exact brunch menu that was served on the Titanic. Another tailgate created by a local wild-animal conservation organization set up a jungle theme with a live cheetah. And last year, one group recreated an airline ticket counter, first class cabin and uniformed flight attendants who served cocktails to “passengers.” It is amazing and so much fun. Tailgates are a huge part of our event. (See page 84) How does someone interested in GPL join and get started?
Anyone interested in joining the GPL is welcome! All skill levels are encouraged! Our information is on our website, gaypolo.com.
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Style Snaffles, stirrups, and bridles–oh my! This collection of TIMELESS HANDBAGS will lead you straight to the winner’s ring. DR ESSAGE B RIDL E COL L ECT ION : SM A L L T ROT T ER
LIZA FROM REBECCA RAY DESIGNS Designed with a feed bucket shape, the Liza is handcrafted in the U.S. out of soft pebble leather, beautiful contrasting natural bridle leather, and solid nickel hardware. A nickel snaffle bit on a leather diamond accents the front. Leather handles are rolled for comfort. The natural canvas interior features an interior pocket.
S AD D L E R ’ S U NION CLASSIC FLAP S HO U L D E R BAG Made completely by hand, this classic, timeless bag will hold up to an active lifestyle. It is made of the finest leather with a removable striped webbed shoulder strap and includes an inside pocket, magnetic buckle clasp, and sleek metal finishes.
Inspired by the rich heritage of bridle making, these styles feature hand braided, hand rubbed handles in the finest European vegetable tanned bridle leather, paired with luxurious Italian naturally shrunken nubuck.
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Equestrianinspired bags to tote with style.
Crafted of cotton canvas trimmed with lightly pebbled orange leather and cotton webbing surcingle. Orange leather keepers on both faces of the bag lend themselves to a foil monogram. Center closure snap and cinching snaps at either side allow for versatility. It is generously proportioned for carrying your laptop and a change clothes for après ride. Leather envelope and iPad case make perfect companions.
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R EB E C C A R AY DESIGNS’ LIZZIE I N R E D A N D YELLOW This finely detailed bag is the ultimate equestrian chic accessory. Handcrafted in the U.S., each stitch is carefully set and every buckle is attached with care. Medium-weight poly combined with saddle leather is beautifully shaped by hand. Contrasting leather colors highlight the pony-sized nickel stirrup iron.
Made in Italy by a handful of the most experienced craftsmen, each luxury handbag is expertly executed in the finest European leather, with painstaking attention to detail and extraordinary hardware. This grass-hued bag is destined to become an heirloom.
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People There are numerous disputes in the horse world. How to AVOID T HEM, AND WHAT TO DO L EGAL LY if you can’t. BY ROBIN TRUPP
isputes involving horses or equestrian facilities often can be worked out without going to court, says Robin Trupp, one of the nation’s top equestrian legal experts. And better yet, advance planning can prevent many such disputes. We talked to Robin about the types of situations he encounters, and about tips for keeping issues from becoming legal battles.
There might be an issue with a transaction involving the sale or lease of a horse or facility. Or, we may help someone who’s accused of violating a rule at a show.
What are some tips for someone who’s accused of a rule violation?
You have to be persuasive in explaining the issues involved. Rule violations are being taken much more seriously these days, which is not a bad thing, since the rules are designed to protect the horses. I have a passion for working with responsible horse owners who care about their animals. It may go back to when I was 13. I was riding in a show in Texas in extreme heat, and the horse died of a heart attack. Given the potential penalties involved in administrative matters, it’s important to take
Trupp is a partner with Greenspoon Marder, working out of the national law firm’s Tampa and West Palm Beach offices. With more than 30 years of litigation experience and a passion for the sport that dates back to his own days as a rider, he gets calls every week from horse owners and their lawyers seeking to fix problems.
with someone who wants his money back from a transaction that didn’t turn out well and
Issues we deal with tend to fall into three categories: transactions, administrative, and litigation. There might be an issue with a transaction involving the sale or lease of a horse or facility. Or, we may help someone who’s accused of violating a rule at a show. Or, we might be talking with someone who wants his money back from a transaction that didn’t turn out well and is considering a lawsuit.
and that doesn’t happen. Or you may form a partnership to buy a horse, and then you want to dissolve the partnership, but don’t have provisions in place for that.
First, it’s important to have a solid, complete contract. We see so many situations where certain provisions were crossed out of a contract – provisions that would have provided the seller or buyer with key protections. There are many things that can go wrong. With a lease transaction, for example, you may be promised a certain trainer for the horse,
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And what do you suggest if someone is considering litigation?
It usually makes no sense financially to pursue an equestrian-related case in court, due to the costs, along with how many issues are not black and white. The key in deciding whether to litigate is to work with an attorney who understands equestrian issues. If someone is considering suing one of our clients, we often talk to the lawyer from the other side and explain the situation, which can lead to a resolution that doesn’t involve going to court. You have to make a business decision and have the facts. And the biggest thing is to have contracts that spell out what you want from a deal, along with addressing what might go wrong. In most cases, that can prevent a costly legal battle if things go south.
Or, we might be talking
What types of problems do you see most often in your equestrian work?
Let’s talk about each of these areas. First, what are some keys in preventing problems with transactions?
an allegation seriously. We find that it’s helpful to explain how the allegation does not fit a pattern – that you do a good job of following the rules and in caring for your animals.
is considering a lawsuit.
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Fashion With so many STYLISH NEW OPTIONS available, it may be time to give your dull footwear the boot. BY RENEE SPURGE
ocated in close proximity to some of the biggest motion picture studios in the industry, LA Saddlery is often visited by production stylists who need to dress an actor for an “equestrian” role. When the director envisions this character, the focal point of the image inevitably revolves around the individual’s boots. Of course their vision is usually quite
different from what we equestrians know a rider should look like! However, it does bring up an excellent topic. With so many boot companies popping up in the U.S. as well as abroad, there are seemingly limitless options for consumers to choose from. Which means there truly is a boot for every kind of rider, and even a few for those that just want to look the part. The question is, which kind are you? PAGE 104
Drive–no rain required. The Däv commitment to quality can be felt in their padded insoles and contour-fit technology, making them a perfect match for the fashionista on her feet. The Ashley Prep boot is sure to be a big hit this season and would be perfect paired with your favorite winter sweater and jeans.
1 . F O R T H E D IVA: T U C C I C U S TOM ITALIAN BOOTS
Women are drawn to these glamorous boots like men are drawn to Italian sports cars! The richness of their leather, the precision and attention to detail, and the overall artisanship that goes into each masterful creation makes this my go-to custom boot. With numerous styles to choose from across all English riding disciplines, each customer can personalize their boots with a multitude of design options, including Swarovski crystals, colored patent leather, and designer stitching details. If you truly want to put your personal style into your riding boot, then this stunning collection will make you fall in love with riding all over again.
3. FOR T H E C H I C C O U NTRY G I RL : DU BAR RY
The love and lifestyle that come with horses have been deeply embedded in the Irish culture for centuries. The lush landscape and picturesque terrain of the Irish countryside is the inspiration behind the Dubarry footwear collection. With its winning combination of textured leather, Gore-Tex lining, and stylish double-buckle details, the Longford is a standout in this year’s fall collection. But don’t be fooled by these super, fabulouslooking fashion boots–they are built to be abused.
2 . F O R T H E P RACTICAL FAS H I O N I S TA: DÄV
Launched in 2008, this familyowned California company has already made serious fashion waves with their collection of waterproof, equestrian-inspired boots. Their sleek and stylish take on a classic Welly has proven that even in sunny Southern California these boots are practical and fashionable, whether at the barn or shopping on Rodeo
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4 . F O R T H E T RADITIONALIST: S E R G I O G R A SSO IMPERIA F I E L D B O OT
There truly is a boot for every kind of rider, and even a few for those that just want to look the part. The question is, which kind are you?
Classically elegant and timeless, the Imperia Field Boot by Sergio Grasso embraces the founder’s vision of joining world-famous Italian shoemaking with the technical qualities of a performance riding boot. Made from only the finest picked Italian nappa calfskin leather, the Imperia has a slender ankle, perfectly contoured shape, and high Spanish topline, all of which add to the refinement of this gracefully designed field boot. The Imperia is perfect for the hunter equitation rider looking to complete a traditional, polished show look.
This is where I fall on the fashion scale. I love an easy, everyday fashion with a touch of bohemian glamour that is a little bit city and a little bit country. This beautiful handmade line is vibrant and youthful, embracing the colors and textiles of its native Peru. Rich in cultural heritage, these boots exude a free-spiritedness that I find synonymous with horses and horse enthusiasts. Whether you are English–or more Western-minded, this line has a variety of styles to choose from, including my favorite pick for fall, the Sienna Grace Boot.
5 . F O R T H E ATHLETE: ARIAT VOL A N T C O L LECTION
During the 2008 Summer Olympics, Nike designed footwear for 32 different events, including the equestrian. Nike’s high-tech, black-and-red futuristically styled boot was definitely a little before its time and came with some very mixed reviews. Equestrians are an extremely opinionated breed, and it can take several tries before a more innovative and modern design is fully accepted into our conservative clan. But with its big brand name and reputation, Ariat was able to pull it off with their Volant collection. The Volant tall boot is sleek, techie, and comfortable, basically your favorite pair of trainers converted into a riding boot.
Owner Renee Spurge LA Saddlery has opened the California equestrian market to companies from all over the world. The store presents new clothing lines that challenge the traditional riding outfit with fresh ideas, high-performance fabrics, and fashion-forward details. LA Saddlery’s main store is located in the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif. and their mobile boutique frequents many of the top California horse shows. www.lasaddlery.com
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Travel An iconic new luxury equestrian destination, the SALAMAN DER R ESORT & SPA in Middleburg, Va., is unveiled.
his month, in the historic town of Middleburg and the heart of Virginia’s famed horse and wine country, equestrian travelers will delight in the debut of one of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year after almost a decade in the making. With a full-service equestrian center and an array of programming that includes riding instruction and clinics from the area’s world-class riders, Salamander Resort & Spa combines the region’s geographic culture and equestrian history with unparalleled luxury accommodations and amenities. A vision of Sheila C. Johnson, the luxurious property features a comprehensive collection of equestrian, spa, culinary, winery, nature, and historic experiences.
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(Top) The stables offer a 22-stall barn and riding arena with ThorTurf footing, as well as acres of surrounding paddocks and miles of meandering bridle paths and trails through the woods and meadows. Salamander is set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s horse country, 35 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport. (Above) CEO Sheila C. Johnson in the garden.
Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET). She is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, including the NBA Washington Wizards, the NHL Washington Capitals, and the WNBA Washington Mystics. She is a businesswoman, film producer, accomplished violinist, and much more. In 2005, Johnson founded Salamander Hotels & Resorts and now oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties. Salamander is her special love. “From the moment I stepped foot on this serene land 10 years ago, I fell in love with it and envisaged creating an iconic retreat—one where guests would enjoy life-changing Continued on page 38
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Sea Pony Farm is Nantucket’s premiere, private equestrian facility and country estate. Nestled on 30 pastoral acres close to town and north shore beaches, the sprawling four bedroom house was recently re-decorated by design/build consultant, Elisa Allen (featured in Cape Cod & Islands Home, N Magazine, and New England Home). The property includes three miles of groomed bridle paths, a riding ring, several fenced-in paddocks, a state-of-the art eight stall barn/tack room with rotating saddle wall and two oversize garages. This exceptional offering is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a magnificent equestrian facility on Nantucket. $10,775,000
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experiences complemented with exceptional service,” said Johnson. “I am extraordinarily proud of what we have created. It will serve several purposes to many, including a gathering point for the community, a political retreat for Washington, D.C., and an exciting new destination for travelers from all over the world.” Located on 340 picturesque acres, the property was designed to blend into the surrounding rolling countryside and to reflect the traditions of Johnson’s own nearby Virginia farm. The resort features 168 luxurious, spacious rooms and suites starting at an expansive 545 square feet. Many include a working fireplace, and all feature a gracious balcony or terrace. The largest of the resort’s 17 suites is a spectacular 2,000-square-foot Owner’s Suite filled with numerous antiques and collectables from Johnson’s personal collection. Just a short trot from the property’s 22-stall stable and riding ring are miles of trails where riders can easily spend a full day. Equine enthusiasts even have the opportunity to bring and board their own horses when they visit. Using the resort as a base, there are endless ways to experience Virginia’s horse country – from attending steeplechase races to world-class show jumping events. In addition to the top-notch equestrian facility, Salamander boasts an exceptional array of amenities, including a culinary program overseen by award-winning chef Todd Gray of the Equinox in Washington, D.C. The synergy between 38 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | FAL L | 2013
(Top) All guestrooms feature scenic views of the rolling Virginia countryside, an executive desk, a separate seating and dining area, a 40-inch flat panel television, a mini-bar and refrigerator, in-room safe, wireless internet, a beautification area, and a beautiful bathroom featuring a pedestal tub, experiential shower and dual, marble vanities.
his classical training in Italy’s Piedmont region and his upbringing in the Virginia Piedmont is the culinary theme of the on-site restaurant, Harrimans. More than 50 nearby wineries produce award-winning varietals that rival those of California’s noted regions and may be enjoyed at the resort’s wine bar. The Salamander Spa features 14 spacious treatment rooms with private stone treatment terraces and fireplaces, and a locker room with extraordinary whirlpools, steam rooms, heated stone loungers, and experiential showers. The Spa also features a tranquil outdoor courtyard with an infinity pool, private cabanas, whirlpool, fire pit, and a café. Beyond the spa, the resort encourages wellness with an array of outdoor activities besides riding, including an ecologically oriented tree-top canopy tour with aerial walkways and viewing platforms. Falconry, local tours, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf experience at nearby Creighton Farms Estates are at the fingertips of Salamander guests. Of course, there’s also the Salamander’s home town, Middleburg. Many people, upon discovering the area, are reminded of the English countryside, with stone walls winding through lush fields. Middleburg is famous for its fine estates, exquisite stables, and the oldest horse show in America, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. PAGE 104.
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CARSON KRESSLEY A CITY BOY WITH SOUTHERN CHARM
fter visiting a variety of elegant equestrian country estates, we thought it would be fun to switch gears and visit an equestrian living in the city. Who better to meet with than talented designer and consummate style maven Carson Kressley. Crossing the threshold of Carson’s Manhattan apartment instantly transported us into a vibrant world of colors, patterns, family treasures, and horses—lots and lots of horses. More succinctly, it’s the ultimate equestrian haven. Not until you glance out the window and notice the iconic Chrysler Building and urban skyline do you remember you are in the middle of New York City. Make no mistake. Carson is mad about horses, and fashion, and textures and clutter. Beautiful, sentimental, visually arresting clutter that Carson confesses to love. He delights in surrounding himself with layers of rich images and meaningful substance that weave a tapestry of a life well lived. Carson explained, “I like layering and collecting things from travels and family history. It’s rich and authentic and it tells your story.” And it is a fascinating story. Most of us, including the EQ editors, know Carson from his Emmy-Award-winning show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, his season on Dancing with the Stars, or Carson Nation, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. But those immersed in the world of American Saddlebreds know him as an experienced and gifted horseman, whose impressive equestrian resume includes myriad awards, including a prestigious World Championship in 2009. The ebullient Carson loves to talk about horses. They seem to be at the core of his persona and his apartment, and his passion for them seems to spill into so many aspects of his everyday life. Continued on page 44
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The living room and dining area are filled with an imaginative mix of textures, patterns, and visual treasures collected on Carsonâ€™s travels.
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A L M O S T M AYBERRY
Carson’s passion for horses began at an early age. He grew up in a small town just outside Allentown, Pa., and lived in a farmhouse next door to his grandparent’s home and pony farm. He grew up thinking everyone had ponies grazing in their front yard. As Carson flipped through his album of black and white photos of his family’s farm and old ads from his family’s pony sales and auctions, he joked and asked, “Is this from out of Mayberry, U.S.A., or what?” But Carson wasn’t satisfied with ponies. While attending a horse show featuring Shetland ponies and Hackneys, he noticed some Saddlebred horses. He loved the horses’ elegant necks and high-carried tails, with riders dressed in top hats and formal coats, and he immediately knew, “That’s what I want to do.” He saved all of his money and, at the age of 13, bought his first American Saddlebred for $1,500—and that included the saddle. Saddlebreds are often referred to as the “peacock of the horseshow,” but Carson, the ultimate stylecentric equestrian, considers them supermodels or high-geared Maseratis. He now owns 12 Saddlebreds, including brood mares and foals. He stables a few in Ken-
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tucky, while the others are in New Jersey and at his farm in Pennsylvania. From the age of 17 Carson has been driving to Kentucky for events and training. He describes Kentucky as the epicenter and mecca of the Saddlebred world. “I can probably drive there with my eyes closed,” he said. “I can tell you where every Biscuit World is on Interstate 79 in West Virginia.”
e considers his years of competing to be hugely beneficial. Carson said, “It was a big bonus for my career,” explaining that it helped to make him a people-person and build his confidence when meeting new people–attributes critical to his line of business outside of competition. “I was in the ring with William Shatner and Misdee Wrigley Wright (of Wrigley’s Gum), and I thought that’s cool, no biggie.” Carson has a strong emotional affinity for the southern charm and rich traditions of Kentucky. He loves the sense of family and friends within the relatively small, southern-rooted, Saddlebred community. “It’s still very social,”
he explained. “Even though it’s competitive in the ring, you become friends and attend their weddings and other family celebrations.” MY K ENTU C KY H O ME
His fondness for Kentucky has worked its way into his Manhattan décor—so much so that he has called it “Kentucky Regency.” It’s a sort of hybrid of a glamorous, gilded, Hollywood Regency style with the antique silver and warm wood accents of Kentucky, all topped with layers and layers of artwork. He said, “I’m a southerner at heart, and Kentucky has been really good to me.” Carson’s other description of his imaginative décor is “a high-low decorating mix.” He prefaced this by saying that he is the kind of guy who will buy something small, such as a bracelet, and build an entire outfit around it, admitting it’s a bit backwards. He pointed out two horse prints, elegantly framed in gilded silver and hung on either side of the headboard in his bedroom. He found them at T.J. Maxx years ago and bought the pair for $45. He said, “I loved the silver gilt thing, and they inspired the whole room.” In contrast, he admits to spending ridiculous
(Opposite page, clockwise) One of many inviting sitting areas. A small table-top vignette. A collection of engraved family silver and awards. A consecutively awarded five-gaited trophy. Carson’s prime-time Emmy Award. (This page, clockwise) The bath is ornamented with personal treasures. Carson prepping for the photographer. On the terrace with the iconic Chrysler building in the background.
amounts of money on other things—a silver powder-room ceiling, for instance. Regardless of his witty explanations for décor, his apartment is an inviting, fanciful, and divinely equestrian environment. He credits this to his credo, “Decorate with the things that you love. If you love it, it’s going to work together.” FASHIO N F O RWA RD
Carson has a wealth of ideas and hints when it comes to looking polished in the ring and about town. He is, after all, a style consultant and the wunderkind of makeovers. Don’t think for an instant that the EQ team didn’t put a little more thought than usual into what to wear to the interview. When chatting about his approach to equestrian attire, he said, “I am a traditionalist. Everything we do in the horse world is based on tradition. It’s all about being old-fashioned,” he added. “If it weren’t for tradition, we’d be driving cars around the ring. You need to start with a framework of traditional elements and keep them workman-like. Keep things clean, tidy, and sleek.” Carson is also a traditionalist in his everyday wear, leaning toward classic designers such as Ralph Lauren, Etro, Gucci, and Hermès. The towering stack of signature orange Hermès boxes on the windowsill gives credence to that claim. To add a touch of personal style in the ring, Carson will embellish his riding jacket with a colorful lining or monogrammed buttons–typically not visible to the judges or anyone else– but just enough to give him a slight boost in confidence. He offered valuable advice for looking polished on a budget. “Buy the best off the rack but invest in tailoring for a perfect fit,” he commented. “It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 years old and not made of the most luxurious fabric. If it’s tailored well and clean, you’re good to go.”
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(Clockwise from top) A bedroom bureau topped with photos and mementos. A tower of sunlit HermĂ¨s boxes, a touch of glamour accents the decor.
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Favorites CARSON KRESSLEY
MY FAVORITE HORSE Enchanting Memories, who I won my world championship with.
MY FAVORITE DESIGNER is Ralph Lauren. I worked for him, I admire him, and I want to live that life. MY FAVORITE MEAL Barbecue chopped-chicken salad from California Pizza Kitchen. It’s heavenly! MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT Earth in Kennebunkport, Maine.
MY FAVORITE CAR is a Range Rover. I finally broke down and bought one. It’s so great for hauling all of my things to and from the horse shows, and also chairs. “I rescue chairs from the trash, I’m a big chair rescuer.” MY FAVORITE HOTEL is Qualia, on Hamilton Island in Australia. It’s ridiculously luxurious, but still casual, chic, and relaxing.
MY FAVORITE GETAWAY. Argentina. It’s on my list to stay at the Faena, attend some polo finals, and shop for leather goods. MY FAVORITE WEBSITE Pinterest! When I can’t sleep I’m pinning! MY FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD is New York’s West Village. It’s so amazing.
MY FAVORITE RIDING CLOTHES I have amazing stretch denim jodhpurs with knee patches and long bell-bottoms and a strap that can go under your boot. They are made by Carlos Chavez and they look and feel like your favorite blue jeans.
MY FAVORITE iPHONE APP Instagram
MY FAVORITE MOVIE I do love Overboard with Goldie Hawn.
e is gracious, engaging, and wildly sentimental. He speaks of authenticity in fashion and décor—a mind-set that seems to carry through in his character. What struck us most was his humility as he answered our relentless questions about the shelves of framed awards, ribbons, and trophies. Sitting prominently on the shelf was his Emmy, yet he ignored it and reached for his grandparents’ engraved, antique silver platters or the silver cups he was awarded for sportsmanship. There were photos of Carson with Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and President George H. W. Bush, but instead, he chose to page through photo albums filled with images of his family’s life with horses. Recently added to the albums are photos of his niece, who is now competing and excelling. She represents the family’s third generation of Saddlebred enthusiasts. In addition to his multitude of interests, Carson is also quite the history buff. He serves on the board of the American Saddlebred Museum and can easily provide an array of intriguing details about the colorful history of this unique breed. Given his proximity to New York’s Central Park, we found his narrative about the evolution of Saddlebreds as “park horses” enchanting. When cars became the preferred method of transportation, the Saddlebred horses, originally hooked up to carriages, became park horses, a stylish, fancy mount for ladies and gentleman to ride through the great city parks of New York, Chicago, or St. Louis. It’s fascinating to envision the Astors and Vanderbilts and other New York socialites, dressed in full regalia, riding their Saddlebreds along miles of groomed bridle paths in glorious Central Park. HIS GREAT ES C A P E
MY FAVORITE HORSE BOOK is LeRoy Neiman’s “Horses,” It’s so inspiring for fashion or design. It has really glorious sketches and drawings on racing forms. The studies are just so good.
Surrounded by Manhattan skyscrapers and enveloped in his horse-inspired haven, this charming, witty, and multi-faceted urban equestrian seems content and at ease living the city life. There’s a certain comfort in knowing that at any time he can take to the road in his Range Rover and head east, west, or south to the southern allure of his beloved Kentucky and Saddlebreds—with perhaps a stop at Biscuit World along the way.
MY FAVORITE CHARITY is The American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington, Kentucky. MY FAVORITE HORSE EVENT Devon Horse Show
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Photographer LISA CUEMAN Elegantly Captures
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iveted by a horse’s raw beauty, Lisa Cueman is drawn in to be physically close, abstracting her subjects in order to emphasize the grace, forms, textures, and lines that she finds so seductive and irresistible. In doing so, Lisa hopes to present the horse as if for the first time, and in a way that perhaps has not been considered.
“The days in the Outer Banks are long, exhausting, salty, dirty, wet, and hot! But I do love every single exhausting second.”
“Gear is good. Vision is better.” “I believe this body of work is a strong reflection of all the elements of my life, from my island heritage, my life-long passion for horses, my enjoyment of contemporary art, and the myriad people I’ve met along the way.”
(Previous spread) The Protector. (This page) Evening Grazer. (Opposite page, top) Running Wild, Salutation.
When did you first discover the unique herds of the Outer Banks?
I was introduced to the horses in the Outer Banks in the spring of 2012 at a workshop led by Jared Lloyd, an expert on the horses in the area. We began in the northern part of North Carolina, then relocated to the most southern part, and it was in this particular area that I felt truly inspired. It is said that a photograph is not just made with a camera. In the act of making a photograph, one brings to its creation all the pictures that one has seen, the books that
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“The wild horses here are treasured icons of a proud seafaring heritage from the 1700s. Their survival for so long is a testament to their tenacity.”
(This page) Battling. (Opposite page, clockwise) Drinking Buddies, Standing Guard, Island Breeze.
one has read, and the people one has loved, not to mention the life that one has led. For me, it was landing in this particular area of North Carolina that initiated the coming together of everything I knew and loved. Why do you think the horses of the Outer Banks have resonated with you as a photographer?
I believe it is a confluence of my passion for horses, the thrill of travel, explorations in art, and island living. A camera is my tool that expresses what truly inspires me. The wild horses here are treasured icons of a proud seafaring heritage from the 1700s. They are mindfully protected, seen as valued creatures that are an integral part of not only a community but living links to the past that span some 400 years. They are recorded in the annals of the Spanish Mustang Registry and known to carry a genetic marker that is present in only two or three other surviving herds in America’s history. Their survival for so long is a testament to their tenacity and the respect they are afforded by the community and their non-profit gatekeepers (Rachael Carson Reserve and The Shackleford Banks Foundation.) They serve as an example of a harmonious existence with mankind and the environment, making each visit to their world one that feeds and restores the soul.
Can you describe your typical day of photographing these enigmatic horses in their environment?
As a photographer, do you consider unpredictable island weather a challenge or an opportunity?
It is a lot of hard work, but that is a relative term. I see it as an incredible luxury and privilege to do nothing else in a day but photograph. Hard work to me is sitting in my office. That’s the hard work. The days in the Outer Banks are long, exhausting, salty, dirty, wet, and hot! But I do love every single exhausting second.
Tropical storms have come into play, reducing the number of shooting days by a day or two, sometimes even more. It’s all a part of it. It is the experience of photographing these wild horses in the Outer Banks. The unpredictability. Being there, with the herds, is entering into a time dictated by the rising of the sun, the ebb and flow of the tides, the direction of the winds, and the setting of the sun.
travel with a guide/fellow photographer Jared Lloyd, who introduced me to the area and whose, exhaustive knowledge of the environment and the horses, along with his navigational skills, have been invaluable to me. We are on the boat before sunrise, back on land around mid-day, and then back out on the water around 4 p.m., spending roughly 9 to 10 hours a day in pursuit of images, every day, usually for a span of 10 to 15 days. And there are no guarantees that you will find the horses, and if you do, they are not always in an ideal area to photograph. On my most recent trip in June of this year, there were many mornings out around the Shackleford Banks area where we did not see a horse.
Do you have a particular approach or philosophy you use to capture the essence of your subjects?
Every visit yields incredible moments, which in turn allows for the making of an image. It is important to sometimes leave the camera alone and accept the limitations of being positioned badly, being too far away, or not having the right lens for a particular shot. Being an observer is as important as being a photographer. Observing is a delayed contribution to the next image. The more you know about your subject, the more you can predict the behavior that will lead to a successful creation of an image in waiting. For contact information and upcoming exhibits visit www.lisacuemanphotography.com PAGE 104
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EQ V IS IT S
W HEN IT C O MES TO HO R S E FA R M S , YO U J U S T K N OW T HAT MART HA WO U L D D O IT R I G H T.
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MAJOR PHOTOS GEORGE KAMPER
ne of the perks of working for Equestrian Quarterly is actually visiting farms that we could only imagine. That was certainly true in June, as we drove the back roads of Bedford, N.Y., heading to Martha Stewart’s 153acre farm. We were warmly welcomed, and the farm was—as we expected—perfect. It was a visual feast of creative design, interesting textures, magnificent gardens, and amazing details everywhere we looked. Please come inside and join us.
The European-style eightstall stone barn was built by Martha about 10 years ago. (Small photos, left to right) Martha riding Rinze, one of her five Friesians; her French bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey oversaw our visit; the stone building on the left houses the carriage collection; gardens; the barn includes a gourmet kitchen for entertaining; two of the three miniature donkeys.
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The farm encompasses 153 ACRES
and more than FOUR MILES OF CARRIAGE ROADS.
Originally a cow farm, Martha rebuilt the antique farm houses and created the rest of the many buildings on the property.
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(Upper left) Betsy Perreten, the stable manager for 10 years, lives on the property and calls it “a dream job.” (Left) Martha’s sister, Laura Plimpton and Ron Palacio, who document Martha’s everyday living through social media gave us a tour of the farm. (Upper right and center) Martha’s home and office overlook the barn. (Bottom left) several greenhouses keep the property stocked with flowers and vegetables (Bottom center) Martha’s French bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey, have their own blog and hinted that they wanted to be EQ Barn Dogs. See EQ’s back page. (Right center) Each boxwood bush in the allée approaching the barn is individually wrapped in burlap in the winter. (Lower right) Martha and Rinze.
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RON PALACIO RON PALACIO
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“WE LIKE TO MAKE THE LITTLE THINGS FUN!” Relaxing on the evening before the HITS Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix, ASHLEE BOND talks about her October wedding. PHOTOS GEORGE KAMPER
shlee Bond won her first grand prix over ten years ago. Today, her triumphs continue to mount, as she competes in the top show jumping events around the world, from the Nations Cup to her recent success at Spruce Meadows this summer. EQ caught up with her earlier this year in Indio, Calif., on the eve of the HITS Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix. Bond was relaxed and comfortable, without a trace of anxiety for the coming day’s huge competition. As she steps into the show ring at some of the world’s biggest equestrian events, she doesn’t feel the nerves she once did. “It’s funny,” she said. “I used to get the adrenaline pump before classes in California back when I was younger, but since I’ve competed around the world, and against the best riders, and proven to myself that I am capable, the nerves have gone away.” Ashlee’s easy attitude toward high stakes competition might have something to do with the happiness she finds at home. Recently engaged to farrier Sage Clarke (page 62), Bond has plenty to be excited about. “I think it’s really important to set goals and fight for what you want, but I think it’s also important to balance that with family and friends and other interests that make for a well-rounded life,” she said. As the couple looks forward to their wedding in Los Angeles this October, Bond manages to put her hard-working, competitive energy aside to enjoy what time they can find together.
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Their families had known each other for years, though Ashlee didn’t know Sage until her father introduced them at a competition at Showpark last August. Since then, their relationship has been a steady source of support and relaxation for Ashlee, who says, “We like to make the little things fun. With our busy schedules, we like to spend the days that we have at home, just being a normal couple and enjoying each other’s company.” “Sage proposed the day before Valentine’s Day in San Francisco,” said Bond. “We had a very romantic night: he popped the question once we were alone at the end of the evening. It was perfect... I couldn’t have pictured it any better or different!” With wedding planning at full tilt, she maintains her light-hearted, California-girl enthusiasm. “The wedding has fallen together so perfectly, it’s actually been strange!” Ashlee laughs. “My family hired a wedding planner, so that helped a lot. No drama, no fighting, no disagreements!” Her career recently expanded further when she started her business, Ashlee Bond Show Jumping, which includes both training and sales. “I have taken a few clients and am extremely happy with that side of things,” says Ashlee. “It’s been very liberating.” Still, there is nothing like the thrill of competition for Bond, who explains, “It’s a feeling you can’t really express in words unless you’ve competed. It’s this peace that I feel when the whole world shuts down. It’s just me and my
Favorites ASHLEE BOND
MY FAVORITE HOTEL San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, Calif.
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT Taverna Tony, Malibu, Calif. MY FAVORITE HORSE SHOW Aachen. MY FAVORITE TV SHOW Revenge.
MY FAVORITE RIDING CLOTHES Animo.
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“I think it’s important to balance (work and competition) with family and friends and other interests that make for a wellrounded life.”
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Polo Across America UPTOWN OR DOWN-HOME, ELEGANT OR LAID BACK, POLO IS THE GAME FOR EVERYONE. A SPECIAL FEATURE BY JILL MEDINGER
olo has long been associated with society’s upper crust, where fine champagne, floppy hats, and seersucker suits are de rigueur. It’s not an entirely unfounded cliché. Well-heeled celebrities and socialites still mingle under the shade of white tents, enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the customary divot stomp at halftime, but there has been a notable effort in recent years to bring
the Sport of Kings to a broader community. • A number of
academies and clubs are now
available to teach polo to new en-
thusiasts who don’t own farms
or horses—once a necessity to play.
Nic Roldan, one of the sport’s
top players explains, “I think the
most misinterpreted idea the
masses have regarding polo is that it’s a sport only for the rich and famous – a sport that is untouchable to most. That’s wrong. Anyone can play, all ages, men and women. You don’t have to own horses, you just have to want to play.” • And many do want to play the thrilling, dangerous, and beautiful game. The sport has recently grown in popularity,
with women and younger players accounting for a significant
portion of that growth. This
is partly in thanks to the establishment of the Women’s Cham-
pionship Tournament, found-
ed by top woman player, Sunny Hale (see page 73) and the
national interscholastic and
intercollegiate leagues developed for students in schools and
colleges. “America has such a great opportunity to select what location, time of year, and type of weather depending Right: From elegant clubs such as the International Polo Club in Wellington Fla., Bridgehampton, N.Y., or near Palm Springs, Calif., to casual Queechee Polo Club in Vermont, where anyone with a suitable horse can stop by and play, there is a polo style for everyone (page 68). Teams can be family affairs (page 78) and anyone, of any age, with or without a horse, can learn to play (page 86).
on the season you choose to play, with tournaments across
the country at both outdoor
and arena clubs,” says Hale. • Many are attracted to polo as
a rough-and-tumble sport that
thrills players and spectators alike,
and others go to enjoy a day
of sunshine, tailgating, and people
watching. But ultimately, the
polo community is warm, relaxed, and family-friendly and offers a social scene in which many find life-long friends and traditions. No matter your interest, as the sport continues to grow, the variety of ways you can enjoy it grows as well.
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A Polo Primer INTRODUCTION TO POLO WITH DANIEL M. SCHERAGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POLO TRAINING FOUNDATION
olo, in my opinion, is the most exciting sport to play. It’s also fun to watch, whether it’s the outdoor version, played on a grass field the size of nine football fields, or in the arena, on a dirt field 100 by 50 yards (one football field). Outdoor polo consists of four players on a team, while the arena game has three per side. For the uninitiated spectator, outdoor polo, because of the vast size of the field, may initially be more difficult to follow, but being outdoors in beautiful weather and locations more than makes up for it. Outdoor spectators also get to help make the game a success by strolling on the manicured grass and replacing divots during halftime. Arena polo is easier to watch at first because the action is up close. Both games are contact sports, where the best defensive play is to “ride your man out,” with the horses running parallel and one horse pushing the other away from the ball. There is much more contact in the arena. National intercollegiate and interscholastic (high school) tournaments are played in the arena. These competitions move around the country, and it is thrilling to watch these young up-and-coming players. RU L E S A N D PLAY
Polo rules are set up primarily for the safety of the horses, but they also keep the players safe. The most important concept is the right-of-way, determined by the direction of the ball’s movement. This movement creates an imaginary line from where the ball began moving to the point it stopped. The player following the ball with the line on his/her offside (right side) has the right-of-way and any player wishing to make a defensive play on that player must do one of three things: 1. push the opponent’s horse while riding parallel and even with the other horse; 2. hook the player’s mallet from the same side the player is swinging; or 3. steal the ball by riding next to the player on his/her offside and hitting the ball on the nearside (left side). P L AY E R S
The four players on each outdoor team are assigned positions, designated by the numbers from 1 to 4 and worn on their team jerseys. Usually, the most experienced and highest rated players are at positions 2 and 3. Position Number 1. The attacking offensive player, similar to a forward in hockey or soccer. This player is an accurate hitter and concentrates on opportunities for scoring, but also has the defensive responsibility for the opposing 3 player. Position Number 2. Primarily an offensive player, No. 2 turns quickly to follow the No. 1 player on attack. He/she is also responsible for defense, interchanging with the No. 3 player. Position Number 3. Similar to a quarterback in football, this player is usually the highest-handicapped and most-experienced player on the team. No. 3 attacks the opposing offense and turns the ball up-field with
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a pass to the No. 2 or No. 1 player. The No. 3 player must be able to hit long distances with accuracy and also be good at stick and ball control. Position Number 4. This player is most valuable on defense for blocking the team’s goal, capable of turning the play with a good back shot from defense to offense and moving the ball toward his team’s goal. These roles are flexible, and each player is prepared to make any play that benefits the team, changing position as necessary. SCOR IN G
A team scores when a player, using the side of his mallet, hits the ball between the opposing goalposts, which are 24 feet apart. Each goal is one point, and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins the match. There are two mounted umpires and a referee on the ground off to the side who make calls involving dangerous riding and mallet use. HAN DICAPS
Players are rated on a scale from minus 2 to plus 10. Minus 2 indicates a novice player, while a player rated at 10 goals has the highest handicap possible. It is so difficult to attain a 10-goal handicap that there are fewer than a dozen such players in the world. Handicaps of five goals and above generally belong to professional players. The handicap number is not an estimate of the number of goals a player might score in a game. It is the overall rating of a player’s horsemanship, team play, knowledge of the game, strategy, and horses. In matches, the handicaps of all four players are totaled. If the total handicap of a team is more than the total of team against which they are playing, the difference is added to the scoreboard. For example, if Team A has a total handicap of six goals and Team B has a handicap of four goals, Team B would begin the match with a two-goal advantage. T HE GAME
The game begins with the players facing the opposing team in two lines. An umpire in the center bowls a ball directly between the two teams, and the teams fight for possession much like the drop of a hockey puck. A polo game is four to six periods (chukkas) long. Each period is seven minutes, and there can be a 30-second overtime. Chukkas are short because of the horses’ exertion during the match. In professional polo, a different horse is used for each chukka. In overtime, the rider may use a different horse or go back to the best horse he used during the match. Four minutes are given to riders between chukkas to change horses. Come out and see some polo! There are about 280 polo clubs in the U.S. This means there is likely to be a polo club near you. Whether you just want to watch a polo game or are interested in taking polo lessons, you can call the Polo Training Foundation: 888-PTF-POLO (783-7656) or email dscheraga@polotraining. org and we will be happy to put you in contact with a club near you.
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POL O GL OSSARY
Polo traditions are a major appeal of the sport.
Just like golf’s “birdies and eagles” and hockey’s “icing,” polo has its own language, and it’s really quite simple.
The ceremonial pre-game coin toss features a celebrity or area VIP who flips a coin to decide the initial direction of play. The singing of the national anthem by various artists — some local, some internationally known — takes place before the ball is thrown to start the match. Tailgating is a tradition almost as old as polo itself, and ranges from simple to elaborate. Across the country, polo clubs host tailgate competitions that add to the pageantry of the match itself. Hat contests add color and a competitive aspect to “dressing for polo.” Hats give female spectators an excuse to go that extra step when making a fashion statement. Champagne at halftime is a ritual unique to the International Polo Club. During the halftime break, spectators socialize on the field while sipping a complimentary glass of bubbles. For children of all ages, ice cream bars also are distributed. Everyone can help repair the field during the halftime divot stomp. Not only does it help replace clumps of grass kicked up by galloping horses, it also provides a fun opportunity to socialize.
H OW TO TA L K POLO New to polo? Here are a few expressions that will have you sounding like a pro. “The pace is a bit choppy.” Say this with just the right touch of impatience in your voice. This is an impeccable and unchallengeable comment. The pace is always choppy in polo. “Boy, that chestnut mare sure is running out of steam.” There will always be a chestnut mare on the field, and all horses are running out of steam by the end of any chukka. “The losers were simply out-horsed.” At the end of any lopsided game, feel free to declare this. Nine times out of 10, they were. “His nearside reminds me of a young Cambiaso.” Sprinkle this into the middle of play. It infers you actually know what a “nearside” is and that you recognize the genius of 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso on the field. “Although I miss the tradition of the wooden balls, the plastic balls they use today hold their shape longer.” The polo ball used to be made of bamboo root but is now made of solid, hardened plastic, and of course you know that. Tap your lips and wonder out loud, “When was it they barred left-handed players from the game?” People will be impressed you know lefties were barred; to seal their admiration, suddenly recall the year: 1974.
There are six chukkas (or chukkers or periods) in a full-length outdoor game, four in arena polo. Each lasts seven minutes. There is no overtime at the end of the last chukka unless the score is tied, in which case a seventh period will be played.
300 yards long and 160 yards wide, the largest field in organized sport. (nine football fields).
Any time the ball crosses the line between the goalposts, it is considered a goal — regardless of whether the ball was knocked by a mallet or kicked by a pony. The teams change sides after a goal is scored.
Handicaps in polo range from -2 to 10 “goals,” with 10 being the best. A player who is playing above his or her handicap level (e.g., a 3 playing as a 5) is known as a ringer and is a very valuable but short-lived commodity. Handicaps are assessed and revised twice a year.
A player can interfere with another’s shot by putting his mallet in the way of the striker’s swing. If the player reaches across his opponent’s mount to hook, it’s called a cross-hook and considered a foul.
Near side Off side
The left-hand side of a horse. The right-hand side of a horse.
Although they are not recognized as a distinct breed, polo ponies are truly unique horses that combine the traits of a number of breeds. Next to a player’s skills, the polo pony is the most important factor in polo. In the United States, Thoroughbred horses are usually bred with Quarter horses to produce polo ponies.
Given from any position the umpires choose, from the goal line to midfield and with or without a defender allowed in the goal mouth, these shots depend on the severity of the foul. The shots are numbered from 1 to 10 depending on the severity of the infraction.
This is when one player makes contact with another and attempts to push him off the line of the ball to prevent his hitting the ball.
This is a type of penalty that occurs when the ball rolls over the back line wide of the goal mouth as a result of being touched by a defending player. The offensive team is awarded a safety penalty shot from 60 yards out to a defended goal.
Sideboards These 9- to 11-inch boards along the sides of the field are optional; they contain the ball to an extent. Players can cross the boards and remain in play, but if the ball hops over them, it’s out of bounds. Third man If and when the umpires disagree on a call, they refer to the “third man,” or referee, sitting on the sidelines. Throw-in
A chukka begins (and sometimes play resumes) with the umpire bowling the ball between the two teams.
An umpire calls a time out when a foul is committed, an accident occurs or at his own discretion. A player may only call a time out if his tack is broken or he is injured. No time out is allowed for changing mounts or replacing broken mallets during a chukka, although the player may do so whenever necessary.
Two mounted umpires control the game, enforce the rules, and guard the safety of players and ponies.
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Polo Across America
WITH ALMOST 300 POLO CLUBS IN THE U.S., THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
hough polo is said to have been played by the Persians
landscapes, cultures, climates, and communities across the U.S. Many
thousands of years before the founding of our country,
clubs have games available to the public, with ticket prices ranging from
today Americaâ€™s polo clubs represent a plethora of ways in
the cost of a movie ticket to extravagant VIP packages. The following
which the sport has developed and adapted to the diverse
represent only a very small cross-section of polo clubs in the U.S. today.
TH E H A M P TO N S, N.Y. Above: Celebrating its 17th season, the BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO CLUB is the quintessential way to spend summer afternoons in the Hamptons. Every July and August, the club hosts a roster of internationally acclaimed players, celebrities and socialites on the wide fields below Two Trees Farm. The sea breeze and iced cocktails are enjoyed fieldside in comfort, among the stylish, yet relaxed attendees. Luxury brand sponsors have VIP seating under catered tents, across from the tailgating spectators, all of whom are dressed to the nines, and sprinkled with famous faces. Anyone is welcome to attend, and matches are accessible to those new to the game, thanks to a running commentator offering explanations of the rules and plays as they happen.
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This page above right: Christie Brinkley prepares to toss the coin at the opening day of the Bridgehampton season this summer. Opposite page, far right:, top to bottom: Celebrities are often found among the spectators at the IPC. Jonathan Goldsmith, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Toy and John Walsh, and Robert Duvall.
PALM BEAC H, FL A Wellington, Fla., and the INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH (IPC) have become one of the premier destinations for polo players worldwide, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and some of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the country. Polo enthusiasts descend upon the area each winter season to play and enjoy polo surrounded by equestrians of all disciplines, who also flock to Wellington for the warm weather. Many of the countryâ€™s best polo players live and play in Wellington, which is an epicenter of the polo world and home
to many polo clubs, including the Grand Champions Polo Club (see page 80), as well as the National Polo Museum and Hall of Fame. The season runs from January through April each year and concludes with the U.S. Open Polo Championship final. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch, and exclusive sponsor boxes.
ALL PHOTOS: LILA PHOTOS
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PA LM S P R I N G S , CALIF. EMPIRE POLO CLUB of Indio, Calif., has been an intricate part of polo history in the California desert since its establishment in 1987. The mild winter weather and incredible mountain backdrops attracts players from across the country and internationally. The club is home to a variety of leagues and competitions of all levels, such as the Gay Polo League (see page 26), international tournaments, and arena competitions. The club was host to this year’s USPA Open National Interscholastic Championship Tournament. The season, which runs January through March, is filled with competitive polo and social events of all kinds. The grounds, rented out to the Coachella Music Festival each year, include 12 grass polo fields, a regulation-size polo arena, as well as two exercise tracks, several barns, a restaurant, and a night club.
QU E C H E E , V T.
Each Saturday during the summer, spectators gather to see polo matches at the QUECHEE POLO CLUB in a beautiful, quiet Vermont town with a covered bridge and hiking trails that overlook the scenic Quechee Gorge. Polo here is without pageantry. Spectators come to enjoy the drama of horse and rider and to see teamwork, not to dress up or to sip cocktails. Adults who remember being able to sit on a polo pony after a game now bring their children to enjoy the same experience. To see polo up close and without the distractions of celebrities or caterers can be the experience that attracts more players to the exciting sport. | | | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY
QUECHEE POLO CLUB
ALL PHOTOS: JIM BREMNER/ POLOZONE.COM
A I KEN, S. C . The AIKEN POLO CLUB is one of the oldest and most historic polo clubs in the United States. It held its first game in 1882 on Whitney Field, which today is the longest continually used polo field in the country. The town of Aiken is a hub for a variety of equestrian sports, and its temperate climate allows for two extra-long playing seasons in spring and fall. Aiken’s polo community, which has been the home of many of America’s 10-goal polo stars, has grown to extend beyond the club itself, and today there are several USPA recognized polo clubs in the area, that help to host the increasing number of polo matches. “The profusion of world-class polo clubs and the cluster of private polo estates that grew up around them have attracted a year-round resident community of top professionals, patrons and gentleman players not matched anywhere else in the U.S,.” says Alex Tyrteos, polo enthusiast and real estate developer in Aiken. He is creating a community of small farms and homes to surround and access the Farmfield Plantation, a private polo farm that holds many charity matches and tournaments throughout the season.
GR E E N W I C H , CONN. The GREENWICH POLO CLUB is considered the best venue for high-goal polo in the Northeast. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, Conn., and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays in June, July and September. Old-fashioned country style and high society meet relaxation and sunshine along the field at highly competitive matches. Founder of Greenwich Polo Club and entrepreneur Peter Brant plays for and owns the White Birch Polo Team, which has won more high-goal polo tournaments than any other single team in the past 25 years.
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Nic Roldan AMERICA’S TOP POLO PLAYER HELPS
n recent years, the sport of polo has gained mainstream attention, thanks in large part to the luxury and fashion brands that have become associated with it. Many of them, such as Audi or Piaget, have brought polo to their customers by sponsoring teams or by choosing the handsome polo players as models in their advertisements. As such, polo has increasingly become associated with faces like that of Nic Roldan, an 8-goal, third-generation polo player and a Piaget model who was born in Argentina and raised in Wellington. Roldan jump-started his career when he played for the winning team in the U.S. Open in 1998, at just 15 years old.
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“Polo has been in my family for many generations,” says Roldan. “Sports were always in my blood.” Roldan strives to achieve the elusive 10-goal rating. The highest handicap level possible, there are currently no Americans to hold this distinction. “I have had some setbacks, bad teams...but I am still very confident I will achieve it with the right circumstances, team, and horses,” says Roldan. “Top horses are like a finely tuned formula-one car, precisely prepared for each match to perform at its top level.” In addition to being the best American player at the moment, he is also one of the most important in the world for his contribu-
tions to the spreading popularity of the sport. “Polo is becoming more and more commercialized, so modeling is part of my job. It’s work, and I really enjoy it,” says Roldan. “I think it’s part of every athlete’s job to market themselves appropriately.” Players like Roldan, Nacho Figueras, and Prince Harry have put polo on the front pages of newspapers and celebrity style magazines, and Roldan expects the coming years to be even better. “Polo is attracting a lot of attention from corporate companies, lifestyle brands, and television networks,” Rordan says. “There’s no limit to the game of polo. It’s an amazing sport. It’s intense, fast, and beautiful to watch.”
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Sunny Hale THE FACE OF WOMEN’S POLO HAS HELPED
olo, as a sport, is quite unique in its structure of handicapping, which allows anyone to play together, regardless of skill level, age, or gender. This has meant that the seemingly old-fashioned and stuffy sport has actually been one of the most progressive, allowing women and men to compete together for many years. Still, the sport is dominated by men. But today, thanks in large part to Sunny Hale, women’s polo is gaining ground and becoming a sport in its own right. Hale competed in her first tournament at the age of 10 and has since been both witness and catalyst to drastic changes in the sport. She was the first woman to be given a five-goal
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rating, and in 2000, Hale was the first woman to play on a U.S. Open Polo Championship winning team. She was among the top fourpercent of polo players in the world, both men and women. Despite the fact that polo allowed women to play against men many years earlier, Hale saw the potential for women to compete in tournaments of their own, and in 2005, she established the Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT), which has grown in popularity and attracted many more women to the sport. “Women’s polo is the fastest growing part of the sport today,” says Hale. “I feel part of that reason is the fun these tournaments have become
for the women who compete in them.” In 2006, Hale founded the American Polo Horse Association (APHA), which allows polo players to research and track polo ponies’ pedigrees, performance, breeders, and sellers. “I felt it was time we gave these horses the recognition they deserve as well as provide a way for future generations to research great horses,” Hale explains. Hale’s legacy in polo is still in the making, but there is one thing that she feels proud to have accomplished: “My goal was to play with the best polo players in the world because they asked me to be there and not with any special circumstances…but because I earned it.”
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THE SHOT IS HIS GOAL
icture a sport where the players may be fashion models. Where the setting is reminiscent of a movie set. Where the spectators are part of
the show. And where the athleticism of both the horses and the players rivals any sport imaginable.
Enjoy a gallery through the vision of worldclass photographer, JUAN LAMARCA.
Juan Lamarca is a photographer and film director from Argentina, livingÂ in the U.S. In 2009, he founded Studio Republica, a film and photography production company based in Palm Beach,
Fla. He has worked in equestrian photography for the past five years, authoring several books of documentary photographs that capture a comprehensive look inside the sport of polo.
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A Family Affair THE DEUTSCHES OF BEVERLY HILLS HAVE DISCOVERE D THAT POLO IS “ALL ABOUT FAMILIES.”
BY JILL MEDINGER PHOTOS GEORGE KAMPER
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oviegoers may have formed their idea of polo watching Pretty Woman’s Julia Roberts attend a match under the judgmental glare of the Beverly Hills elite. But it is here in Beverly Hills that the Deutsch family’s 50-acre farm, Casa Lago, is home to a warm and welcoming polo team of the same name. These teammates are a family. Literally. Deborah and Larry Deutsch and their four children make up the Casa Lago polo team, an activity that has bonded them as a family and taught the children sportsmanship, leadership, and patience. “They have to share responsibilities and rely on each other in polo. It has really built a beautiful closeness among the four of them,” says Deborah of her children. Larry, a real estate developer in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, formerly rode as a show jumper and owned horses when he met Deborah. She was competing in Western events
Team Casa Lago at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
in California, and it wasn’t until their children were old enough to ride that they considered polo. “We found, when we got into it, that it’s really all about the families,” says Deborah, mother of Jacob, Xander, Estee, and Jonah. “Everyone knows and supports each other’s kids, down to the little kids in the PeeWee Polo classes, where the parents lead the children’s ponies around after a giant ball,” she says. “Even some of the 10-goal pros are out there with the kids.” In a time when most families find it difficult to eat a family dinner, the Deutsches spend most of their days together. “We’re unusual in that we are quite traditional,” says Deborah. Unhappy with the local schools, the family decided that the children would do best with homeschooling. The daily routine at the house begins with a family breakfast. Deborah works from her computer, teaching a program at UCLA, while her kids work on their courses
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Horses frolic by the lake at the Deutsches’ 50-acre farm in Beverly Hills, with Casa Lago in the background.
online. Weekends are spent together, and polo practices take up a large chunk of their week. This summer, the siblings are traveling around Europe together, visiting friends, family, and colleges, while their parents stay home working. The eldest, Jacob, is headed to college this fall, where he will play intercol-
legiate polo. Estée, 17, is actively engaged in her college search, looking at schools with top academic programs as well as polo programs. After playing interscholastic polo for several years, all the children are eager to join intercollegiate polo teams. Deborah explains, “Interscholastic has been great. The kids really learn sportsmanship and have fun, and many of them will meet up again while playing in college.” Though the family and their lifestyle might be unusual, there is no doubt that they are close-knit and well-adjusted. When Deborah was recently hospitalized for vocal chord cancer, the children rallied around, dividing the responsibility of taking care of her with lively energy, joking about how she couldn’t yell at them until her throat healed and her voice returned. The youngest, Jonah, explained what he thought made them so well-adjusted: “We do in real life what other kids do in video games.”
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MARC AND MELISSA GANZI, OWNERS OF GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB.
VISIT THE WELLINGTON HOME OF
“The First Family of Polo” Marc and Melissa Ganzi at the Museum of Polo Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner this year.
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ith a turn-key polo facility featuring two regulation-size polo fields for a backyard, it’s easy to understand how passionate Marc and Melissa Ganzi are when it comes to polo. “It’s like having a baseball or football field in your backyard, only better,” Melissa Ganzi said. The husband and wife, who grew up around horses, started playing polo more than a decade ago. Since then, the owners of the Wellingtonbased Grand Champions Polo Club have been changing the face of polo at one of the nation’s fastest growing polo clubs. “The vision we had was to build a community polo club,” Marc Ganzi said. “We wanted a place where the locals can come and play year-round. We keep the spirit of the club very casual and keep it accessible to year-round residents of Wellington.” During the January-April high goal polo season in Wellington, they are successful amateur player-patrons of two professional polo teams (20 and 26-goal teams). Marc is with Audi and Melissa with Piaget. In addition to spending time honing their own game skills with some of the game’s best players and breeding and raising polo ponies, they devote time and money promoting diversity in polo year-round. They have reached out to the masses by staging and sponsoring tournaments for youth, women and gay polo players in addition to
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hosting a fall international tournament, medium-goal spring and fall seasons, and polo school for all ages. Grand Champions Polo Club is host site of the International Gay Polo Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament, International Cup, and several juniors tournaments, including the Buzz Welker Tournament. Several of the game’s top players, including Nic Roldan, Miguel Astrada, Jeff Hall, Juan Bollini, Kris Kampsen, and Brandon Phillips, compete at the club on various teams. “Many of our matches are open to the public and have no charge to be a spectator or tailgate,” Melissa Ganzi said. “We feel polo should be accessible to everyone. We wanted to make polo part of the community.” Marc Ganzi, one of the nation’s top amateur players and CEO of Global Tower Partners, the largest privately-owned cell-phone tower operator in the United States, has won every major 20- and 26-goal tournament, including the 2009 U.S. Open, playing alongside brothers Facundo, Nico, and Gonzalito Pieres. Melissa Ganzi is president and fundraiser for the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Board of Directors and secretary-treasurer of the Polo Training Foundation, which has nurtured and developed top junior players, several of whom now play as adult pros. The Ganzis’ two children, Grant and Riley, are avid polo players. Marc and Melissa want to continue to give them and other children the opportunity to learn the game, compete, and have access to horses and fields. “It’s a mission of ours because it’s a great game, and kids should have a chance to play,” Marc Ganzi said. “The connection between a child and a horse can be very empowering.” 82 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | FAL L | 2013
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The Tailgating Tradition
f all of the traditions that are associated with polo, tailgating has become one of the most enduring and widespread. At some clubs, spectators simply park their cars by the field and lay out blankets or lawn chairs; at others, the incredible array of food and pageantry rivals the spectacle of the game itself. These are two events that are absolutely worth visiting.
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In Millbrook, N.Y., tailgating has deep roots, given the community’s passion for polo as well as fox hunting, beagling, and shooting. The summer season kicks off at the Mashomack Polo Club, where patrons enjoy a field-side tented lunch while the tailgaters mark the event with antique vehicles, trucks outfitted for crawfish boils, period tents with campaign furniture and oriental rugs, fly follies designed in a vivid Brazilian or Indian “durbar” style, even a huge American flag
adapted as a de facto canopy. Most tailgaters are young couples, the college crowd, or established members of the polo community. Music pumps from portable speakers; frozen drinks are made with weedwhacker-powered blenders next to linen-covered tables with sterling candelabra; benches piled high with seafood; or blankets with spreads of Argentinean empanadas, milanesas and sandwiches de miga, all reflecting the varied tastes of the tailgating crowd. As time passes, guests of the tented affair along with
Opposite page: Tailgating at the Mashomack Polo Club in Millbrook, N.Y., is a long-standing New York tradition. This page: Tailgate designs and themes at the Gay Polo League Tournament are legendary. Themes range from safaris, to the Titanic, to airline counters, and lauaus, and are awarded prizes.
the polo players wander over after lunch to mix with the more free-form tailgating crowd and to enjoy the post-event carnival atmosphere of the afternoon.
T HE GAY POL O L EAGU E
The International Gay Polo Tournament is one of the most festive highlights of the Wellington, Fla., winter equestrian season, and the event is well-known for its elaborate tailgates. “Tailgates at our Wellington event are legendary! The tailgate competition is fierce! Some spectators work all year to create their theme,” according to league founder, Chip McKenney. (See interview with Chip on page 26.) The ambience at a polo match sets the stage for an incredible event, and every year tail-
gaters seek to best each other for creativity and execution. The result is one of the most colorful and entertaining outdoor events on the season’s calendar. “As judges, we really enjoy the interaction,” said M. Douglas Mutch, from Gracie Street Interiors, who judged a recent tournament. “Everyone welcomed us to their tailgates and wanted us to sample the food and drink. It’s not just about who looks the best, it’s about how everything works together.”
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My First Polo Lesson A LIFELONG HUNTER JUMPER RIDER, EQ’S DEPUTY EDITOR DECIDES TO GIVE POLO A TRY.
BY JILL MEDINGER PHOTOS GEORGE KAMPER
’ve always felt comfortable in the jumper ring, where athleticism and strategy are key, and the dress code and judges are less important than in the hunters. Polo’s speed and excitement always looked like a lot of fun, but I was intimidated by the high society that seemed to surround the sport. I decided to give polo a shot, and after just one novice lesson, I found my presumptions mistaken and my apprehensions unfounded.
A few hours’ drive east of New York City, the Hamptons are home to wineries, seaside hotels, and the 120acre Southampton Polo Club.
I had always been curious about polo, but I felt intimidated as I tried on a pair of polo boots.
My instructor, Michael Matz, Jr., gave me a glove and helped me find my grip on the mallet.
Step one was to sit on a wooden horse and practice swinging the mallet, which felt unnatural at first.
9 Once I was aboard a cantering horse, the rhythm seemed more natural, but actually hitting the ball turned out to be surprisingly difficult.
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10 I missed the ball what felt like a million times, but eventually I got a few good hits. Michael followed, hitting those that I had missed.
11 Other riders watched from the shade. Though I felt proud, I’m sure they were not impressed.
12 It was so much fun, the hour passed quickly, and before I knew it, I was back on the ground.
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I was deemed ready, and we saddled up the real horse, an Argentinian polo pony who was obviously used to teaching novices like myself.
I was handed the reins, and as I waited a moment, it was made clear that there is no “leg up” in polo.
Polo riders hold their mallets vertically when not in use so as to balance the weight, making it lighter to hold for long periods.
We started slowly, walking and trotting, as I got used to the timing and aim of my swing.
13 Matz’s father, Michael Matz Sr., was a five-time Olympic show jumper inducted into the show jumping Hall of Fame.
14 The lesson was a lot more fun than I had expected. I’d really like to try polo again.
15 Club president Frank MacNamara founded the club in 1989, and it has grown into one of the largest polo clubs in the U.S.
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B AR N D ESIG N MAST ER C L AS S W IT H AMER IC A’ S TO P EQ U IN E AR C HIT EC T S
HOW TO GET THE BEST BARN WHILE WORKING
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family desired a different kind of life for themselves and their four sons, and chose to move to the GEORGE KAMPER
Princeton, N.J., area. The husband favored a life of farming and food, went to culinary school and worked for a top New York restaurant before opening his own farm-to-table eatery. The wife sought to parlay her expertise in social work into a therapeutic riding facility on their new farm. Blackburn was chosen to create a 12-stall barn for hunter jumpers and indoor and outdoor riding arenas, which would do double duty for family and friends as well as accommodate disabled students. 88 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | FAL L | 2013
JOHN BLACKBURN’S architectural firm, based in Washington, D.C., has become one of America’s best known specializing in equestrian projects, from site planning through design and construction management. A book on John’s work, Healthy Stables By Design, was just released. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to horse charities.
The health and safety of the horse is always my first concern. After that, one needs to balance the demands of the site (identifying its unique qualities and limitations) with the owner’s goals for the property. Keeping these three concerns in mind (horse, site, owner), we then start working through the requirements and budget to design an affordable and efficient stable. Not everyone is able to build a farm like some of the luxurious properties in EQ. How can working with an architect help you achieve the best possible result within a budget?
There are three ways to build a barn. You can buy a pre-fab barn and have it delivered to the site; you can retain a design/build firm to build a barn; or you can hire an equestrian architect to design a barn. The reason you choose an architect is because they are your Continued on page 90
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advocate in getting your dream barn and in planning the farm. The first two are simply selling a product, while the architect is providing you a service. An equestrian architect understands the needs of your horses and the operational needs of the farm. Working with someone who has experience is the best way to achieve the best possible result within the limits of your budget. I have seen a lot of very expensive barns that are unsafe and inefficient because the designer did not understand the needs of the horse or farm. Spending to hire an equestrian architect with experience instead of pursuing the prefab or design/build approach can end up saving you operational and upkeep costs.
Where are the best places to save?
The first priority is site planning and the selection of your building site. Not many farms are developed all at once. Site plans allow you to phase your buildings, maximize the potential of the site, and minimize land improvement costs, or at least phase them over time. Proper planning can ensure that 5, 10, or 20 90 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | FAL L | 2013
UNSAFE AND INEFFICIENT BECAUSE THE DESIGNER DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE HORSE OR FARM.
NATURAL VENTILATION Sunlight (yellow) and heat emission from horses heat the barn. Proper roof and vent design using the scientific principles of the chimney and Bernoulli effects enable prevailing winds to exhaust the hot air (red) and pathogens and ammonia (green) up and out of barn.
years down the line you won’t need to tear down something because it was put in the wrong place. Ultimately, it should help save you money and headaches in the long run. I once had a potential client call and ask me to design an indoor arena for her. She had recently bought a pre-fab barn and erected it where she thought best. A year later when she was ready to construct her arena, she realized that she placed the barn exactly where the arena should be. This is an example of where a little planning by an experienced professional could have provided a better and more economical solution in the long run. How do you decide building placement?
The placement of the barn plays a major impact on ventilation. Here at Great Road Farm, the positioning of the barn is basically perpendicular to the prevailing westerly summer breeze. The reason is that the air from inside the barn is vented out through the triangular, louvered roof vents, the continuous vent along Continued on page 94
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the base of the ridge skylight, and the ridge of the skylight itself. Vertical ventilation is achieved by the positioning of the barn, the placement of the openings and also by the Bernoulli principle. That means the prevailing winds blowing over the roof and the angle of the roof accentuates the difference in high and low-pressure areas on opposite sides of the roof. Similarly to how the low pressure created by the shape of an airplane wing is what gives an airplane lift, the reduced pressure on the leeward side pulls the air out of the barn through the openings in the roof. The natural ventilating is augmented and supported by a chimney effect (hot air rises). The vertical ventilation rids the barn of the odors, pathogens, and infectious bacteria that could otherwise be transported from horse to horse by horizontal fans. What about the positioning of the other buildings?
The positioning of all of Great Road’s buildings was carefully planned. The barn, arena, and service buildings each are sited based on their function and how they will work together most efficiently and safely. For example, we wanted to provide privacy for the residential
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FOR OAK PANELING OR FANCY FINISHES.
portions of the farm, minimize the penetration of service vehicles into the site, and save workers’ footsteps with an optimum workflow. An important aesthetic consideration is to keep the buildings at a unified visual scale. Arenas are often huge, ugly structures, dwarfing a property’s barn and other buildings. Here, we recessed the arena into a natural slope to reduce the mass of the building as it is seen from the road. It has also been pushed to the edge of the forested portion of the site, which further helps reduce its perceived size and conceals the bulk and length of the structure as one drives down the entry drive. We can’t help but be amazed by the light as you enter these buildings.
Both the barn and the arena are designed to function throughout the day without the use of artificial lighting, except in enclosed rooms such as a bathroom or laundry. The arena has perimeter openings, glazed gable ends, and a ridge skylight as well. The glazing is polycarbonate panels that are low cost, shatterproof
for safety, and translucent to break up the light, to eliminate harsh shadows that horses could tend to jump. Natural light and ventilation saves money and makes barn time more enjoyable, too.
A barn is typically a static structure requiring artificial wind (fans) and artificial lighting (electric lights). Designed properly, a barn becomes a machine that creates its own wind, or at the very minimum, ventilation, and light naturally. Any other interesting features in working within a budget at Great Road?
By choosing lesser quality finish materials we were able to spend less money but still retain a polished look. Even though the finish materials may differ from some of our higher-end barns, the same attention was paid to designing for the health and safety of the horse. I frequently tell my clients that it is not the horse asking for oak paneling or fancy finishes. This property is in New Jersey. How does the location, use of the property, and the
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THERE ISN’T ONE ULTIMATE BARN, JUST AS THERE IS NOT ONE ULTIMATE FARM LAYOUT, THAT WILL
One example of how the number and type of horses affects design is in regards to turnout space. The number of horses on the property is important because it affects the amount of space needed for paddocks and grazing and other functional needs (arenas, gallop trails, etc). Additionally, your location plays a factor. For example, in the dry climate of west Texas, you need more acreage per horse than the rich soil of Kentucky. Different disciplines require different needs in terms of turn-out space. For example, polo ponies are typically turned out for the majority of the off-season in a herd, while they are kept in barns frequently during polo season. Their farm paddock layout would be different than a breeding operation, which needs to isolate stallions from each other, but can turn out the broodmares in a herd. The training operations that turn out horses for a few hours a day require different size and layout of paddocks than a farm that leaves their horses out all day. This is one of the reasons why each barn, site, and owner’s needs are different. There isn’t one ultimate barn, just as there is not one ultimate farm layout, that will
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fulfill all needs, but an equestrian architect can design a barn or farm that will be that particular site’s and client’s “ultimate” barn.
FULFILL ALL NEEDS.
What advice would you give someone who is planning a facility?
number and type of horses affect the design?
The farm makes its home on 112 acres of preserved land near Princeton, N.J. 120 varieties of vegetables come from these fields—from arugula to zucchini, as well as organic eggs. The farm, as well as other local farmers provide the owner’s Agricola restuarant in Princeton.
First, before buying the land, ask an equestrian architect with experience to come see it. The architect can help you decide if the land is a good investment because they have experience with a wide variety of site conditions that can impact the usability of the land. They are familiar with zoning and building codes and will be able to recognize unique features and land characteristics that provide distinctive features. No one wants to buy a new property and hear that they need to invest a vast sum of money in the site before they can even consider building the barn. By bringing in an equestrian architect early, an owner can avoid getting too “invested” in a property or project and having to cut back, phase or abandon a project altogether. Working with an equestrian architect who has experience understanding your budget, goals, and business plan will be able to provide an end result that you can be happy with and enjoy, while your horses are healthy and safe.
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Trotwood farm Millbrook, NY. An historic estate situated in the heart of Millbrook’s exquisite horse country, just 90 miles from Manhattan. 580 acres of prime pasture and hay fields with incredible views of the Hudson valley. Many improvements including the original home surrounded by lovely gardens and magnificent trees. There are miles of hunt trails connecting to surrounding estates; the location is quite simply the finest around and very convenient to the Mashomack Polo Club, Fitches Corners, HITS and the Millbrook Equestrian Center. $15,500,000. Please contact Maxwell Goodwin or George Langa at: Millbrook Real Estate on 845 677 3525 12 page brochure is available to view on-line at: www.MillbrookRealEstate.com
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Cross-Country Farm Tour WHAT DOES
DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES, SAME PRICE
The prices may be about equal, but American horse farms come in a diverse range of styles.
NEW HAMPSHIRE In Plainfield, 170 acres of fenced fields, 11 stall barn, outdoor riding arena. Impeccable 4 bedroom home with fine details, radiant heat and AC. $2,800,000. Featured on Luxequestrian.com (603) 391-6078
SOUTH CAROLINA In Summersville, S.C., near Charleston, Renaissance Farm offers a gracious 4 BR home, guest cottage and a private pond on 257 acres. Two barns have 16 stalls, 9 large paddocks, extensive trails.$3,495,000. Featured on Luxequestrian.com (603) 391-6078
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Middleburg Virginia • The Heart of Wine and Hunt Country
ON THE ROCKS Impeccable in-town contemporary • artistically rendered. Walking distance to the Village and the new Salamander Resort & Spa. 30 minutes to Dulles Airport. 1 Hour to D.C. $899,000 Serving the Countryside of Northern Virginia
MONTAIRE Tree lined drive leads to a beautiful country estate appointed with rough hewn beams, antique stone & wide plank floors. Masterfully designed equine facilities • 100 X 200 lighted Arena, Center Aisle Barn, Tack Room, Viewing Porch. 1 Hour to D.C. $2,149,000
GLORIA ROSE OTT Associate Broker Washington Fine Properties 204 E. Washington, Middleburg, VA 540•454•4394 www.wineandhuntcountry.com
Spirit Equestrian is a beautifully groomed, fully functional Boarding & Training Facility. 150,000 square feet of newly constructed, dressage and grand prix jumper arenas, (200’ x 300’ and 150’ x 200’ Jump Arena’s & 3 Full Dressage Courts). Fully (CUP) permitted 130 stall dream facility. Perfect configuration of barns, gorgeous landscaping and amenities to accommodate all disciplines. Stalls with StableComfort, all-weather fires roads, energy efficient electrical system and comprehensive fire safety system, water system and low maintenance native landscaping with an abundance of shade and various fruit trees. Feels and functions much larger than its 20 acres. 12’ x 12’ and 12’ x 24’ box stalls, with Promat Stable Comfort™ mattress systems and fully and half-covered 24’ x 24’ mare motels. Large grass paddocks, spacious turnout, European Hot Walker, covered round pen, tack rooms, managers house plus staff house, quonset shop and equipment yard, trailer parking, new professional office with lockers and full bath for boarders. A true dream facility. $3,498,000. Call for more information.
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CALIFORNIA Auburn, Calif. Exceptional facility with covered arena and viewing area, pastures, 8 stalls, and outdoor round pen. Stunning residence, guest house and loft/office above barn. $2,500,000. Featured on Luxequestrian.com (603) 391-6078
VIRGINIA Barboursville,VA (Greater Charlottesville, VA) Meticulously renovated historic estate on 206 acres and one mile river waterfront. Englishstyle 6-stall barn, arena, pastures. $3,395,000. Featured on Luxequestrian.com (603) 391-6078
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$25,000 Grand Prix Region 3 Maclay Regionals Southeast Medal Finals September 19-22, 2013 Jacksonville Equestrian Center Jacksonville, Florida USEF A Rated • USEF Jumper Level 3
Cheval Dinnerwear Julie Wear Designs Versailles, KY 859-873-0138 SCIENCE Page 20 Lameness Locator Equinosis LLC lameness-locator.blogspot. com/ GIVING BACK Page 22 JustWorld International 11924 W.Forest Hill Boulevard Suite 22-396 Wellington, FL 33414 561-333-9391 justworldinternational.org STYLE Page 28 Oughton Limited Pawlet, VT 202-236-5341 www.oughtonlimited.com
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BARN DESIGN Page 88 Blackburn Architects 1820 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036 202-337-1755 blackburnarch.com
Barn Dogs Francesca and Sharkey, MARTHA STEWART’S
two French bulldogs, said they wished they could be EQ Barn Dogs. They get their wish!
hen EQ visited Martha Stewart’s Bedford, NY, farm recently her French bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey, immediately took to the web to announce the photo shoot on their blog, “The Daily Wag.” They even hinted that they might make good EQ Barn Dogs. Please welcome them! See their blog at: http://tinyurl.com/marthadogs
“Francesca! Come and see this magazine, Equestrian Quarterly. These covers are beautiful!”
“...you have a section in the magazine called ‘Barn Dogs.’ We wouldn’t mind one bit if you featured us.”
“Maybe that would explain why there are people in the stable with a photographer taking pictures!”
“The lens in now pointing in our direction. Franny, that’s George Kamper, a rather famous photographer.”
“You must be the editor and creative director. We’re very glad to meet you.”
“And this nice fellow is the publisher. There’s something about you that dogs just love, isn’t there?” COURTESY OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA | PHOTOS BY RON PALACIO
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The Fall 2013 Issue of Equestrian Quarterly, featuring a visit to Carson Kressley's equestrian Manhattan apartment, Martha Stewart's farm, a...