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DON’T DREAD WINTER . E M B R AC E I T ! Rethink your winter plans and consider visiting one—or all eight—of the unique snowy getaways that feature equestrian adventures, lavish accommodations, and breathtaking views of the northern lights.

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M I L L B R O O K , N E W YO R K The equine-centric countryside north of New York City is a hamlet of old-world traditions, pastoral settings, and classic-country pursuits.

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M AR K PER RY: I NSPI R ED BY AMER I C AN FOLK ART Sculptor Mark Perry’s focus is the point where past and present collide to create powerful works of sophisticated folk art.

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T H E H I G H - S P E E D WO R L D O F R AC I N G Horse racing is having a moment. Writer Cynthia Grisolia describes the good, the bad, and the getting much better aspects of this exhilarating other Sport of Kings.

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S YC A M O R E VA L L E Y R A N C H Savor the magnificent Santa Ynez Valley, California, ranch originally known as Neverland.

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W E S T POI NT: C OLLEGE R I D I NG WI TH A D I FFER ENC E

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Reindeer sleigh rides in Finland are the ideal way to navigate the deep snow and take in the natural surroundings.

COURTESY OF KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT

Coach Peter Cashman believes there are many ways of winning—in the arena and as leaders of character.


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The designers at L. V. Harkness of Lexington, Kentucky, assemble a lush winter tablescape accented with equestrian details.

FA S H I O N Designers continue to draw inspiration from the polished, show-ring apparel of equestrians. A collection of tall boots pay homage to the ubiquitous, English-style riding boot.

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SCIENCE Show jumper Richard Spooner and renowned equine veterinarian Dr. David Ramey discuss the current state of modern horse care.

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ST YLE Perfect pairings of rare whiskies and sophisticated timepieces will spark gift ideas for the impossible-to-buy-for horseman in your life.

Fashion maven Karen Klopp suggests stylish and practical attire for horse-show spectators.

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T R AV E L Ireland’s K Club, the 19th-century Georgian estate, is an Irish paradise. While the hotel is known for its world-class golf, the heritage is undoubtedly equestrian.

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FAVO R I T E S Recapture the Longines L.A. Masters in photos. The world’s top riders, celebrities, and spectators gathered at this not-to-be-missed show-jumping event.

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PEOPLE Show jumper Freddie Vazquez experiences challenges on his journey to the 2015 Pan Am games.

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DÉ COR Versatile in function, size, and style, ottomans and benches have become favorite mainstays in home décor.

Sweet Briar College, recently on the verge of closing, has rebounded and is thriving due to the dedication and determination of students and alumni.

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RESOURCES (Look for ON THE COVER The arctic resort Kakslauttanen in Finland affords a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those looking for adventure. Image courtesy of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, www.kakslauttanen.fi.

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BARN DOG Barley, the newest Dalmatian of the Budweiser Clydesdale team, has taken to his job with gusto.



Welcome EQ F R O M T H E E D I T O R

I Taking a moment to bond with Stryker, the dashing and docile famed Army mule and mascot of the U. S. Army and its athletic teams.

’ve thought a lot about this letter. The term bittersweet kept coming to mind, surfacing as the best word to convey my feelings about the exciting events that are unfolding at EQ. I’d say the tally is 95 percent sweet, 5 percent nostalgic, and nothing bitter at all. In 2016, Equestrian Quarterly will become Equestrian Living. The new name better reflects our strong focus on lifestyle. This has been a natural evolution for us, and the entire EQ team is poised and eager to celebrate equestrian lifestyles in even more remarkable ways. And we’ll be doing it more often! Equestrian Living will publish six times a year—rendering the long wait between issues a thing of the past. Current subscribers will receive the two extra issues for free. We are also trimming down a little—in a good way. We are opting for a more manageable trim size in an effort to eliminate the number of issues damaged in delivery. Learn more at equestrianquarterly. com/eqliving-readers. Being an integral part of the inception of EQ four years ago, and launching into an exciting new phase, has been incredibly rewarding to me and fills the EQ team with a tremendous sense of pride and enthusiasm. Abiding by the maxim “Do what you do best,” Equestrian Living will expand the scope of the content our readers savor. We’ll showcase a broader range of contributors who practice their craft at publications such as Vogue, The Economist, Vanity Fair, Departures, and Forbes to enhance the flavor and quality of the magazine. IN T HIS ISSU E

I consider our final edition of Equestrian Quarterly a terrific issue. You may rethink your winter excursion plans after reading about our enticing snowy getaways for equestrians. A fair warning: you will be visually seduced!

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We’ll get you up to speed on the world of Thoroughbred racing, give you a glimpse into the past, and add in a little fun with surprising tidbits and trivia about the sport. Our travels took us to what is sometimes referred to as the other Cotswolds—Millbrook, New York. There we discovered a marvelous hamlet of equine sport, old-world traditions, and a virtual who’s who of avid equestrians. We met with the coach and riders of West Point’s equestrian team, where winning in leadership is as important as winning in the ring. Our trip to Hassler Dressage clearly proved that successful collaboration and mutual respect can lead to greatness—in sport-horse breeding, training, education, and design. We’ve also woven in some wonderful feelgood stories that would inspire any of us to stay the course and stand by our convictions. Show jumper Freddie Vazquez and the students and alumni of Sweet Briar College are shining examples. WE’L L S EE YO U I N 2016

Have a wonderful holiday season and expect to see Equestrian Living, filled with engaging people, beautiful homes and barns, art, fashion, décor, and more in February 2016! Cheers!

As we went to press, we learned of a tragedy that befell the Colley family that is featured in our Millbrook article. On behalf of EQ, we express our deepest condolences.



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Tall Boots to Fill Fashion designers find inspiration from the classic, sleek lines of the ENGLISH-STYLE RIDING BOOT. Whether embellished with buckles, straps, or subtle adornments, they all pay homage to the polished turnout of the well-dressed equestrian.

The calf-leather Houston by Lucchese is handmade to order. $995. Michael Kors makes the Bryce leather boot as part of the Jet Set 6 collection. $295.

The Eva Boot by Coach is finished by hand in semi-matte calf leather with a subtle sheen. $395.

Cole Haan’s Dorian Tall Stretch Boots are understated and chic. $298.

The Tory Burch leather Derby Riding Boot with wrap-around harness adds a tailored equestrian look. $495.

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Holiday Tablescapes Add elegant equestrian details to your ENTERTAINING this winter.

The designers at L.V.HARKNESS of Lexington, Kentucky, have some suggestions for adding flair to your table.

1. Vagabond House Equestrian Hurricane, $345.

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2. Simon Pearce Hartland White Wine Glass, $70. 3. Vagabond House Pewter Riding Boots Salt and Pepper, $79. 4. Salisbury Julep Cups, $55. 5. Vietri Speckle Scalloped Charger, $86.

6. Faiencerie de Niderviller Chantilly Dinner Plate, $47.

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High-Performance Care? talks with RICHARD SPOONER about modern horse care and whether it really is better.

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ichard Spooner, one of America’s best known and most successful show-jumping riders, has been a client for nearly two decades. For all those years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with him on horses from low-level hunters to his greatest horses: Robinson (the first American horse to win $1 million) and Cristallo (who, for a time in 2012, was rated the number-one jumping horse in the world). I was at Richard’s barn recently and had the chance to ask him a few questions about his thoughts on performance horses and the performance horse world. I hope you enjoy our conversation and maybe even use it to lead your own explorations into what it means to care for a performance horse.

high-performance care has become a detriment to equine health. When you say detriment, do you think horses are getting injured more often, or do you think it’s just making it more expensive to take care of horses, and you’re not getting anything from it?

I think that it’s creating an environment where, as professionals and caretakers of horses, we put their performance ahead of their long-term health. We can get caught in a spiral. Once you begin masking a horse’s soundness issues, you can put the horse in a position where he’s using ligaments, tendons, and joints before they are actually healthy again. When you go to competitions around the

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of the barn? Do others share your concerns?

I would say that there’s a dramatic change. When I first started, the sport was not as popular as it is today. As the sport grew and expanded, the general level of care and education expanded. The modern sport has brought a higher level of pressure, as well as a higher level of interest. Now, we have what is coined “high-performance care,” which is dramatically different.

I don’t think the concern is mine alone. I think most professionals have the same concerns. There’s a balancing act between the competitive career of the horse and rider and the health of the horse. Even though we don’t have a Hippocratic oath, I think that we have an obligation to these animals, and that should always be at the forefront of anyone who loves the animals and the sport.

Different how? I’ve seen a lot of changes—MRI, shockwave, alternative medicine, and ultrasound are just a few of the things that have come along—but would you say that there has been a commensurate improvement in the outcomes?

Ultimately, no. I think all of the new care may have the opposite effect. If you look at the horse’s care as long-term, that is, longterm in their life expectancy and general health, I don’t really know if we’ve taken leaps forward or leaps backward. In some cases,

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Champion jumper rider Richard Spooner at the 2013 Longines Global Champions in Lausanne, Switzerland.

DR. DAVID RAMEY, a 1983 graduate of the

Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, entered private equine practice in southern California. He specializes in the care and treatment of horses, from top-level hunters and jumpers to pleasure and miniature horses. Dr. Ramey is also an internationally known author and lecturer. He has authored more than a dozen books and has lectured on various topics around the United States as well as Australia. DoctorRamey.com

How about for regular maintenance of horses? I know from all of the years of working with you that I never go in and inject a horse’s joints unless there is a clear indication of a problem. Do you do any other sorts of routine veterinary or nutritional or other interventions? I don’t want you to reveal any secrets, of course. I know you give them hay and water, but is there anything else special that you do for them?

Well, they really do need the hay and water, and everything else is basically fluff. It’s funny, Continued on page 83


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Double Duty have become the favorite mainstays in home decor. Their VERSATILITY IN FUNCTION, size, and style, make them idyllic pieces to punctuate a room.

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Like the wood and leather benches jockeys used to change their riding boots in the early 1900s, Pottery Barn’s Caden Leather Ottoman features a leather top pieced together with saddle stitching. $1,099.

Recalling the shape of a saddle, the Hermès Ottoman evokes the style of fine leather goods and offers occasional storage. $10,900.

Designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, the Godard Bench from Baxter is made of fine Tuscany Siena leather with nabuck saffron piping. Price upon request.

Designed by Julie Browning Bova, Stanford Furniture’s Yonkers Ottoman includes signature equestrian details. Price upon request.

Stickley’s Gus Woven Leather Bench is a Mission-style piece that can be used as an occasional bench, coffee table, or luggage stand. Price upon request.

Crafted from solid elm, the Antique Hungarian Sleigh Bench from Restoration Hardware incorporates padded cushions for comfor table seating. $2,195.

The Carre d’Assise Low Stool by Hermès, a padded seat covered with gold taurillon essential leather, can be used for seating or as an occasional table. $7,250.

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hile most of you live to ride charging bravely down the field or flying over the jump, I am most at home and happy on God’s green terra firma. I am what you would call an equestrian facilitator—organizer, cheerleader, horse-show mom extraordinaire, and a world-class spectator. I do love horses and the rich sights and sounds that surround them, so in my next life or in heaven—whichever comes first—I plan to gallop my way to a blazing blue ribbon, a sparkling silver cup, or just a whopping good time. When the occasion is a horse show or a casual fieldside tailgate, we like to emulate the smart apparel of the rider. For horse shows, we begin with a pair of slacks with a little stretch, either tucked into knee-high boots or worn outside low heeled, paddock-style

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Karen Klopp, or KK to her friends, is a writer, award-winning documentary film producer, life-long conservationist, traveler, board member, event chairman, wife, and mother of three. She also founded What2WearWhere.com, a luxury lifestyle brand and website that helps today’s busy women dress for all of life’s events, sports, and travel. She has contributed to Quest magazine, More magazine and the Huffington Post and has appeared on radio and Good Day New York, offering practical advice to the age-old question, “What do I wear?”

boots. We like a crisp-collared shirt and a belt, topped with a comfortable jacket or cardigan. Depending on the temperature, you might don a soft down vest or roll it into a ball and toss it in your tote. Also in your bag should be water, sunglasses, a packable hat, and, depending on the forecast, a small umbrella and lightweight waterproof jacket. As my great friend B.Z. Schwartz once observed, “There are three kinds of weather at a horse show: too hot, too cold, and pouring rain.” From my years of experience in this field, and as founder of What2WearWhere.com and author of Packing for Travel, I have perfected an approach to appropriate attire for all of life’s events, one that leaves you time for your own equestrian pursuits whether in the saddle or the PAGE 83 stands. Giddy up!


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Ireland’s K Club samples the endless amenities of this Georgian estate near Dublin.

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here’s a Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs old-world charm to the K Club. You feel it as soon as you enter the long driveway, flanked by oak and birch trees, and reach the 19th-century, 137-bedroom Georgian estate. Set on 550-acres of verdant parkland hugged by a mile-long stretch of the River Liffey (ideal for fishing), the hotel is an Irish paradise. Only about 30 minutes from Dublin airport, the K Club solidified its five-star reputation when it

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A highlight for any horse lover staying at the K Club (above) is a guided tour of the Irish National Stud to see some of the world’s priciest studs, as well as the country’s most promising foals. Or you can ride at nearby Abbeyfield Farm, the 2015 winner of the Irish Independent’s Equestrian Center of the year, where guests can enjoy quiet cobbled lanes or towering crosscountry courses.

won the bid to hold the 2006 Ryder Cup, the first Irish hotel to ever do so. Michael Davern, the hotel’s affable general manager, told me stories of complete strangers bowing to him in the street when they realized he ran the K Club. With endless amenities, the club warrants the bow. There are three onsite restaurants— the River Room, Legends, and K Thai, as well as an indulgent spa. Fitted with all the latest offerings, from an outdoor hot tub to a luxurious indoor hamam and a hydrobath, there



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are many reasons to book into the K Spa, but one of my favorite reasons is the line of Voya products—a boutique collection made from certified organic seaweed that is hand plucked from Ireland’s west coast. And while there may be a focus on golf (the hotel is home to two world-class courses) the heritage is undoubtedly equestrian. The property’s sumptuous bar is named the Vintage Crop in honor of hotel owner Sir Michael Smurfit’s Irish racing gelding. A horse for the history books, Vintage Crop was the first Irish horse to win over 1 million pounds during his racing career. Ireland has long been one of the most sought-after equestrian destinations in the world and, despite not having stables on the property, the K Club remains an ideal choice for an equestrian-focused holiday. A 22 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

Nova Scotia native BRIDGET ARSENAULT holds a master’s degree from Oxford University. A longtime journalist, she is the associate editor for print and digital at Vanity Fair UK and the London correspondent for VanityFair.com. She has also freelanced for a variety of publications, including British Vogue, Departures, and Travel and Leisure. A film enthusiast, Bridget co-founded the Bright Young Things Film Club in 2013.

highlight for any horse lover is a guided tour of the Irish National Stud, which the hotel can arrange. The queen of England visited in 2011 seizing the opportunity to see some of the world’s priciest studs and the county’s most promising foals. And to get in the saddle, K Club works with Abbeyfield Farm, the Irish Independent’s 2015 Equestrian Center of the year, where guests can gallop through 200 acres of Instagram-worthy (no filter required) countryside. The stables offer a range of experiences for all levels—from quiet cobbled lanes to towering cross-country courses, and there are over 40 horses onsite. And post-ride what’s more enticing than returning to the hotel’s Chinese drawing room for a three-tiered serving of traditional afternoon tea? PAGE 83


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Enjoy quality, location and every ranch amenity just 20 minutes from Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The property includes two APNs for a total of 15.56 acres providing plenty of room for many large irrigated pastures with shade trees and shelters. The showcase 20 stall adobe barn includes a spacious central grooming area, office, storage, tack room, restroom, and 2 bedroom apartment, making it one of the finest barns available in Southern California. The lovely 5,390 SF adobe main residence with top quality Weir Bros construction is timeless and built to last, with huge beams and high ceilings that are sited to capture breezes Control expenses with the highly productive well that irrigates the entire property and new solar panels for electricity. $2,895,000.

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Cartier Tank MC, $56,000. Cartier has taken the exclusivity of the Tank MC further by building the movement on a skeletonized plate that doubles as the indices of the dial. A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16-Year Straight Bourbon, $1,500. With notes of mint, eucalyptus, toffee, and baked spiced peaches, this is American bourbon at its finest.

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The Glenrothes 1968 Vintage Extraordinary Single Cask, $9,250. Only 145 bottles were ever produced. Peaches and cream, followed by leather and rose petals. Patek Philippe Grand Complications, $106,700. With a perpetual calendar and retro date display, like all Patek Philippe timepieces, it’s made completely by hand.

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Reflections Sitting at over 4,100 feet of elevation on 42 gently rolling acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Reflections is the ultimate mountaintop estate. Another world awaits in the dream-like setting of sunny meadows, sparkling water, flowering gardens, tranquil pastures, lush forest and meandering trails. In the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, this prime property adjoins 600 acres of conservation land, ensuring its legacy for future generations. As featured in the July/August 2015 issue of Traditional Home magazine, Reflections was one of the late renowned interior designer Charles Faudree’s last projects. His coveted and enduring take on French Country style brings warmth, soul and personality to every room. This distinctive equestrian retreat was also featured in the book The Southern Rustic Cabin by Emily Followill and is a former Designer Showhouse. Constructed of hand hewn poplar logs dating as far back as the 1790s, the tastefully renovated main residence blends cherished history with modern conveniences. Interiors are finished with a variety of antique woods including wormy chestnut, heart of pine, hickory, poplar and oak. The split floor plan places the large master suite on the main level and four guest bedrooms upstairs. Illuminated by skylights, the gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry offers easy access to the dining room, great room and other entertaining areas. Revel in the magical surroundings and fresh mountain air on the covered porch with a beautiful stone fireplace and plenty of space for family and friends. The property also features several other structures including a newly added six-stall horse stable with tack room, as well as a fish house, pond pavilion, dock, and large garage with workshop and equipment shed. Being offered at $3,750,000.

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Westland American Single Malt, $80. Created in Seattle and combining Scottish tradition with American passion, this variety offers notes of toasted coconut and milk chocolate. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Takeoff Auto Chrono, $3,295. This dynamic, limited-edition pilot’s watch offers a unique design that allows wearers to change straps.

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Kavalan Concertmaster, $100. This Taiwanese single malt took the world by storm and is a classic in the making. Floral notes complimented by tropical fruit and vanilla. Rolex GMT II, $8,950. The GMT is a timepiece with great history. This new twist on the original features a black and blue bezel.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay, $3,100. Rooted in the Tudor Submariners from the 1950s, the Black Bay is rich and elegant with an aged-leather strap. GlenDronach 21-Year, $170. A hidden gem from the sister distillery to BenRiach, this whisky has an amazing ability to wow with hints of raisins, dried fruits, and spiced oak. PAGE 83

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A Journey to the Pan Am Games A new challenge and a new horse help show jumper FREDDIE VAZQUEZ realize his dream.

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reddie Vazquez got a ticket to a magic carpet ride this past summer that took him on more ups and downs than a roller coaster. When he got off at the final stop, the Chicago-area resident found himself representing his native Puerto Rico in show jumping at the 2015 Pan Am Games. It was the realization of a lifelong dream for Vazquez, who, along with his wife, Jodi, owns Messenger Hill Farm, a highly regarded hunter/jumper facility. The Vazquezes share a passion for horses and work side-by-side training horses and teaching their clients while keeping up a busy competition schedule. Both are successful and respected competitors on the national stage. With the help of his friend and mentor, Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler, Freddie is emerging as an international show jumping force. Vazquez first qualified to represent Puerto Rico at the Pan Am Games in 2011. Unfortunately, his hopes to ride for his flag were dashed when his horse was injured one week before the event, and he could not compete. Then, in November 2014, Vazquez and his Zangersheide stallion Zippo Z were named the anchors of team Puerto Rico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico. This was his first time riding for his flag. In June 2015, Vazquez received a request from the Puerto Rico Equestrian Federation to represent his country again—this time at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. But with just four weeks to go, Zippo sustained a minor bone bruise, an injury from which he would make a complete recovery but which would put him out of the mix for the games. Vazquez accepted that his dream had to be put aside for the sake of his horse. He gave the Puerto Rico Equestrian Federation the news that he and Zippo were out. “My federation asked me if I could find another horse,” Vazquez said. “The Fédération Equestre

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Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of the sport, also agreed to the change, but the new horse had to meet their requirements.” He turned to Desiree Johnson, his trusted source for European horses. “I gave her an almost impossible task,” he said. “She understands my style and what kind of horse I like. She quickly came up with three solid choices.” Vazquez traveled to Europe to try the three horses in three countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. All three horses were promising candidates, but Vazquez recognized a certain x-factor in an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Esprit De Vie, formerly ridden by Oliver Lazarus. “I left Jodi in Tryon to manage 26 horses, our clients, and our whole operation, and she sent me off across the world to follow my dream,” he said. “We are not independently

wealthy. This was a major life decision, and she was behind me all the way. I feel so fortunate.” Due to the quarantine requirements for mares from Europe, Vazquez could not bring Esprit into the country in advance, so the Pan Am-bound pair continued to get to know each other in Germany and then traveled to the games. “As soon as I landed at the airport, I felt the games in the air,” Vazquez said. “Right away you got the vibe, the Olympic fever.” Vazquez and Esprit De Vie were only a week into their relationship when they began to work in the schooling area at the Pan Am Games. He worried about possible muscle soreness if he schooled her too much and in a way different from her former rider. He carefully tried to gauge what was right without overdoing or underdoing. Every day Vazquez got to know Esprit a little better. But, according to Vazquez, the mare seemed not to be phased by anything. The opening jog can cause even the quietest horse to become electric. At an important international competition there is a sea of people—officials, reporters, photographers, and a zillion cameras clicking all at once, with all eyes focused on the horses as they jog down the line. “It’s nerve-racking, but you have to get through,” he said. “Zippo is a bear in the jog, but Esprit was a perfect lady. She was really cute.” Vazquez continued to be surprised by Esprit’s composure as the games progressed. “She just blew me away how she took it all in stride. She did more than I could ask.” Ultimately, Vazquez didn’t get the results that he wanted. But he took the risk and finished Michel Vallaincourt’s huge courses, albeit with faults and out of the medals. He went out on a limb, competing at 1.60 meters against this hemisphere’s best, all on a horse he barely knew. “She jumped almost three-quarters of the


beginning of every track clear, but the last line, the last three jumps, that’s when she was the strongest, and I just didn’t have enough bridle to keep up with her,” Vazquez said. “You know, once we figure that out, it’s going to be really exciting.” “With Chris (Kappler), it is all about preparation,” he continued. “Chris never goes into the ring without knowing the result. What we did was totally different from what Chris does. It’s funny. I told him how important it was to me; how important it was to my federation. Chris said, ‘We have to do what we have to do, Freddie. If you feel you need to go, let’s go, let’s do it.’” Vazquez says it is really exciting to work with Kappler because he is enthusiastic about his riding. The two men have similar body types, and it makes sense that Vazquez would gravitate to Kappler for coaching. It builds confidence just to walk a course with Kappler, who has mounted the podium at the Olympic Games and just about every other major championship in the world. Vazquez’s marriage is also a supportive pillar. He refers to his wife as his number one

Freddie Vazquez and Esprit De Vie.

person and can’t picture his life not working with her. “When it comes to Jodi and my love for her, I don’t know what I did to deserve her,” Vazquez said. “This is a stretch for us. She knows this has been my dream since I was a little boy. She puts it all on hold, and she puts everything behind it. It’s not easy. When the

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games were over, the last day, she said, ‘I am so proud of you. You did what was impossible. To just survive, to get on a horse you don’t know.’ She knew that I wasn’t pleased with my performance, but she made me feel good about it.” Vazquez said he learned so much through all the ups and downs of his Pan Am experience. “It was the longest month of my life,” he said. “But it was fun to get home and say, ‘OK, I went to the games, and I finished the games.’ Not all the horses and riders that started finished. It was fun to beat the odds. I would have loved to have a better story, but it is what it is. Onward and upward.” In September, Vazquez and Esprit De Vie just won the $30,000 Showplace Fall Classic Grand Prix. Zippo Z will be back in action this winter in Wellington, and Vazquez has another grand-prix horse, Bachelor 4, that has had some great results. “I’m thinking about the next Olympic cycle,” he said. “I believe in my team. I believe in my horses. I am grateful to my clients and to the federation. But I can’t say enough about Jodi—the support, the love, putting everything out there for me.”

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through meetings and emails, citing “insurmountable financial problems.” “Many parents were upset because they received phone calls from their children crying and had no idea what was going on. They thought there had been some kind of accident or something,” said Sweet Briar senior Taylor Patterson. “Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae were all blindsided by the information,” said Ellen Pitera, a 1993 graduate. Pitera sits on the board of directors of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., an alumnae-driven, non-profit organization that was created by alumna Tracy Stuart within days of the announcement. As students and faculty reeled at the decision, scrambling to transfer credits and find new jobs, the news spread throughout the academic, business, and equestrian worlds. What went wrong? And how could it have come as such a surprise? “What’s most frustrating is that there was never a call to action for the alumnae group,” Beth Ike, class of 1996, told an interviewer for WTJU in Richmond earlier this year. “I think a lot of us are feeling betrayed by our board. So, we are fighting to fix it.” Multiple avenues of litigation were pursued. Students and faculty sued the school, while Ellen Boyer, the Amherst County commonwealth’s attorney, brought suit under charitable solicitation and trust laws. One of the arguments from the board was that the college was a non-profit corporation and therefore not beholden to trust laws. U NAN SW ERED Q U ES TI O NS

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ne hundred and fourteen years ago, Indiana Fletcher Williams, a widow in central Virginia, willed her estate of over 3,000 acres of rolling green hills to establish Sweet Briar College. In the century since, the college has gained recognition as a quality institution based on high academic achievement and a thriving community of motivated and impressive women. Alma mater to Jackie Onassis’ mother, Sweet Briar represents elegance, authenticity, and a slice of American history. It’s a paradise for ruralminded equestrian students because of its impressive riding program and bucolic campus as well as its old-fashioned traditions, pink and green school colors, and adorable fox mascot. “Sweet Briar is a place that seemed to be in a bit of a time warp,” Jane Stancill wrote this year in an essay for Inside Higher Ed. “It is, in a sense, a classic finishing school adapted to modern times.” Traditions at Sweet Briar range from the quaint to the odd—the anachronistic rituals that single-sex colleges seem to cultivate. “Fresh yogurt from the campus dairy farm was served daily,” Stancill recalled from her time at Sweet Briar, “and the Lester Lanin Orchestra played at formals, where the booze flowed among the tuxedo- and taffeta-clad guests.” Despite its customs from a bygone era, Sweet Briar was always ahead of its time. It was one of the first colleges to offer a study-abroad program and only the second women’s college to offer courses in engineering. Today, Sweet Briar regularly hosts impressive women such as Jane Goodall and Columbus, Georgia, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson as mentors and speakers. The college turns out powerful and independent thinkers to become well-qualified leaders in a changing world. By many accounts in recent years, Sweet Briar was thriving. Expansions were planned; new faculty and staff were being hired. Though student enrollment was down, the endowment from engaged alumnae amounted to something between $70 and $90 million, depending on whom you talked to (though much of it was restricted to specific purposes).

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Top, Sweet Briar College alumni visit Sweet Briar House during Reunion 2015, which took place in May. Center, Taylor Patterson and Kate Bessette of the class of 2016, were on the Today Show on March 8th, five days after the announcement of the closure. Bottom: The Class of 2014 at Sweet Briar College’s 105th commencement.

Many people felt that the board wasted valuable time and resources on ensuring the closure, rather than searching for solutions. Sweet Briar alumna Amy Simmons told Fox Business, “I just cannot understand why our board members are so determined to fail at what they were entrusted to do as stewards of the college.” The college closing has raised questions and rumors in the community about the transparency of the situation and inspired investigations into possible financial motives, such as potential buyers of the property or other financial opportunities. Rumors spread quickly about what might have happened. It surfaced that there had been talks with the University of Virginia about somehow absorbing Sweet Briar, according Continued on page 36


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beyond words to all the volunteers who helped us reach all three fundraising milestones as well.” On June 9, the Virginia Supreme Court handed down its decision that Sweet Briar was in fact both a trust and a corporation, meaning that it was beholden to the strict laws regarding estates and wills. This pushed the case back down to circuit judges, and less than two weeks later the Virginia attorney general announced a mediation agreement to keep Sweet Briar college open. The agreement called for the board to be replaced and for college President James Jones to resign to allow Saving Sweet Briar to appoint a new majority. A new president, Phillip Stone, former president of Bridgewater College, was appointed. The college rescinded the closing announcement.“The passion, creativity, and commitment shown by the Sweet Briar family proves it is a special place,” said Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. T HE ROA D A H EA D

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to the Chronicle of Higher Education, but they hadn’t amounted to anything. There were even widespread rumors about an offer from Disney to turn the campus into a theme park. The board itself remained relatively tightlipped about the details. They pointed to reasons such as declining applicants and the lowered tuition they had employed in an attempt to increase enrollment. “They’ve alluded to particular sets of data or studies that show that women’s colleges aren’t desirable anymore, or that no one wants to go to college in a rural area, but most of the things they’ve pointed to we have debunked entirely,” argued Ike. Regardless of the reasons, transparency and leadership were a source of contention for many. In the years leading up to the near-closure, there were reports of decreased communications among the board and a consolidation of power. “All board members were specifically instructed not to contact a member of the senior staff without first obtaining permission from the relevant committee chair and the president,” wrote former board member Richard Leslie in an opinion article for the Washington Post. “There was no plan or even discussion of a plan to focus on presidential accountability.” In addition, other former board members argued that there had been a large influx of outside consultants, even instances of outside consultants being hired to manage other outside consultants. The resulting fees and inefficiency have been pointed to as two of the many sources of the school’s financial problems. There were reports of problems with high turnover rates in key positions, such as faculty, dean, and finance jobs. “Every senior staff position was replaced, some twice, in a fiveyear period,” said Leslie. He feels that this led to instability, which hindered the institution’s ability to right its course. Teresa Tomlinson, Sweet Briar’s commencement speaker in 2015, said, “I genuinely believe because of its insular decision making, the board became frightened about trends instead of implementing real solutions to deal with those trends. They began to not believe in the mission they were charged with.” In a short time, #SaveSweetBriar had gone viral across social media. The campaign was shared widely in alumnae circles, and on

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Top, Taylor Patterson is a member of the equestrian team and a senior at Sweet Briar this year. Center, an open house this October invited new students to visit Sweet Briar College. Bottom, Mimi Wroten, director of the equestrian program at Sweet Briar.

college campuses across the country. Saving Sweet Briar met each of its fundraising goals, raising over $16 million pledges over the next five years. Support swelled as the time-sensitive legal battle continued. “The dedication and generosity of the thousands of donors to Saving Sweet Briar have allowed us to exceed the terms of the settlement agreement reached in June to keep the college open,” said Sarah Clement, chair of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. “We are grateful

“It was a very emotional and bittersweet feeling to head back to school this year,” said Taylor Patterson, who returned along with just 240 other students this fall. “The campus is as beautiful as ever, and everyone is just so happy and grateful to be back.” For Sweet Briar, the real work to rebuild has begun. Though enrollment rates were obviously low this year, the donations and publicity have done much to improve recruitment. Many faculty have returned, though it will take some time to get everything back in place. “While it is early to have meaningful numbers about inquiries and applications, the anecdotal information coming to us is very positive,” said President Philip Stone in a letter to the community in October. “I am humbled by the confidence shown in me to help rebuild Sweet Briar College and very much look forward to pouring my heart and soul into the work that lies ahead. I remain confident that Sweet Briar’s best days are ahead of us.” The remarkable response of the Sweet Briar community has not only rescued the school and given it a promising future, it has also awakened a new awareness of its value. The passion and commitment of its alumnae proved that the college is beloved and that a Sweet Briar education gave them the skills to become leaders, changemakers, and idealists. And to save their school.


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Palm Beach Polo ∙ Kensington - 5 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bathroom house. Dramatic formal living room with an elegant wood burning fire place. A large gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Heated pool with spa, a wood burning fireplace, and amazing sunset views. Offered at $3,950,000

Paddock Park 2 - Beautiful courtyard style home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 3 car garage was remodeled with no detailed spared. The renovated 6 stall barn includes a fly spray system, and plenty of room to add 6 more stalls. Offered at $1,950,000

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Visiting the arctic resort KAKSLAUTTANEN is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Breathtaking views of the aurora borealis dance overhead as you sleep below the stars in a glass-ceilinged igloo. Horse safaris and sleigh rides offer guests a chance to brave the deep snow and see unparalleled natural marvels. The activities, including dog-sledding, reindeer sleigh rides, and crosscountry skiing, plus the accommodations ensure that you will never get cabin fever.

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ST. MORITZ has played host to the world’s pre-eminent snow-polo tournament since 1985. The gorgeous setting is also home to White Turf; a unique, exclusive event with exciting horse races, Skikjöring (skiing behind a horse), and trotting. The spectacular events take place in the winter sunshine on a frozen lake among snow-capped mountains. St. Moritz is rich with culture, from fine art to haute cuisine. Stay at the famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

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V E R M O N T Vermont’s luxury, fivestar experience, TWIN FARMS, is ensconced in 300 acres of New England forest. The idyllic escape has an ecclectic art collection throughout the 20 uniquely designed rooms. Visitors indulge in superb meals and fine wines and often choose to curl up by the fire as snow falls outside. Surrounded by ski resorts and miles of trails for snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing, the inn is near the Green Mountain Horse Association, a nonprofit organization that hosts all kinds of equestrian activities, such as their winter sleigh rallies.

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Guests at TENAYA LODGE combine the wide-open wonder of Yosemite National Park with luxurious accommodations crafted with elegant touches, materials and finishes that mirror the surrounding grandeur. Horseback rides are offered during the summer and fall, but during the winter season, guests are offered exclusive horse-drawn sleigh rides which depart directly from the lodge and glide through a Yosemite winter wonderland.

PHOTOS COURTESY DNC PARKS & RESORTS AT YOSEMITE, INC.

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The HOME RANCH in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is considered one of the best dude ranches in America. Its millions of acres of Rocky Mountain splendor at your doorstep, a herd of over 100 horses, and helpful wranglers waiting to take you on adventurous and gorgeous rides make for a dream come true for both beginners and experienced riders.

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The RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK is a world-class destination near California’s North Lake Tahoe. The AAA fourdiamond hotel rests at the base of Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and offers gracious hospitality and incredible amenities, including a shopping promenade with a full-service spa. Winter activities are plentiful, from ski-in, ski-out lodging to an ice skating rink and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Conde Nast Traveler chose the resort among the top ski resorts in the country.

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The LODGE AT GLENDORN is a fivestar luxury nature resort steeped in Pennsylvania history and designed in the style of the grand family camps of yore. Fifteenhundred acres bordering the Allegheny Mountains make for a winter wonderland full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, such as cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Nearby horse country offers sleigh rides and yearround trail rides through the gorgeous forests.

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C O L O R A D O The ST. REGIS HOTEL IN ASPEN is the host of the Piaget World SnowPolo Championship. Held in December, it showcases the Sport of Kings on snow. As you’d expect, with delicacies by St. Regis chefs and ambiance from Aspen’s glitterati, the VIP tent experience is not to be missed. Guests can enjoy a cocktail reception with Argentine polo player and model Nacho Figueras, of the St. Regis Polo Team.The resort is set against snowcovered mountains and is the perfect base for skiing and enjoying Aspen.

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MILLBROOK THE ALLURING EQUINE-CENTRIC HAMLET, A MERE 90 MILES FROM NEW YORK CITY, BOASTS A LIFESTYLE

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phrase while editing The Economist calls the countryside around Millbrook, New York, the faux Cotswolds. Wellies and Barbour jackets are the uniform, while the favored mode of transport is a Land Rover, bearing passengers that frequently include a Jack Russell terrier or golden retriever, en route to a meet of the local hunt, polo match, or sporting clays shoot. For a snapshot of country pursuits in the 230 square miles that make up the Millbrook hunt country, take a typical Saturday this past September. A rider sufficiently ambitious might have joined Parker Gentry (joint master of the Millbrook Foxhounds) at Hollander Farm for breakfast, pursued fox on horseback, popped by the Millbrook farmer’s market for just-picked-this-morning basil, shot a round of clays at Orvis Sandona, played a late afternoon chukka at Mashomack Polo, and finished with dinner at Charlotte’s before collapsing in an exhausted heap.

There are some differences, of course, between the Millbook countryside and the Cotswolds. There, they drink warm beer by the pint. Here, the vin du pays is a Millbrook chardonnay, which is as drinkable as any white wine aged this side of Normandy. However, identifying this bit of equestrian Camelot as Millbrook is misleading. Within the 1,216 acres of the town of Millbrook you won’t find a single farrier’s anvil or tack shop, and the only time the hounds make a public appearance is at the head of a holiday parade. Most of the classic country pursuits—riding to hounds with one of the two local foxhunts, the two nationally known three-day events, lessons with Olympic riders, the sporting clays at Orvis Sandona, and the Mashomack Club polo fields—are variously located in the surrounding towns of Amenia, Stanfordville, Pine Plains, and Washington, which the real estate ads describe as Millbrook hunt country in order to add a zero to the end of the sale price. That all of this takes place 90 miles from Manhattan is nothing short of a miracle. Nancy Stahl, joint master of the Millbrook Hunt, recalls when Ben Hardaway, the legendary master of Georgia’s Midland Foxhounds, came to ride. “He told me,” remembers Stahl, “that this is a magical place, and we have to build a Hadrian’s Wall to keep development out.” Barry Kieselstein-Cord, the famous jewelry designer who lives in the heart of the hunt country, tells of a slick New York City lawyer who came to a town-planning board meeting Continued on page 52 WINTER 2 0 1 5 | 2 0 1 6 | EQ U ES TRIA N Q UA RTERLY | 49


Donald Philower, professional huntsman of the Millbrook fox hounds, has full command of his pack.

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last spring to pitch a cell tower. “He said, ‘The guests in your hotels will demand it,’” Cord says with a smirk. “We told him we don’t have a hotel and don’t want one.” The cell tower application was denied. THE HUNTS

For Nancy Stahl, her role as joint master of foxhounds (MFH) is a full-time occupation. “My mother rode with Millbrook,” she recalls. “I’ve been hunting since I was 8, and my daughter Jacqueline rides, too.” Stahl is a hands-on MFH who spends most of her week at the kennels and knows the hounds as well as some people know their children. (“Here’s Gala, and there’s Watson and Hawk.”) On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Stahl and professional huntsman Donald Philower walk the hounds about a mile along unpaved country roads, until they reach the airstrip of Band-Aid heiress Libbett Johnson. The Millbrook pack started with 15-and-ahalf couples imported from Ireland by the first Oakleigh Thorne. Counting by couples, Stahl says that today the kennel houses 27 couple American foxhounds, 11 couple Penn Marry Dale, and two couple crossbred. For those not familiar with the curious foxhound lexicon, packs are always counted two at a time as couples and, of course, are always referred to as hounds (never dogs).

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or as long as anyone remembers, there’s always been a Thorne in the Millbrook hunt. The Thorne family settled in the village of Millbrook in 1735, and Thorndale, their 1,000-acre estate, anchors the western edge of the town. An earlier Oakleigh became the hunt’s second MFH in 1910. Feli Thorne was one of the masters for two decades, from 1976 through 1996. Current joint master Parker Gentry was a Thorne when she first assumed the mastership, and Stahl’s daughter Jacqueline is married to Oakleigh Thorne IV, or Little Oakleigh, making the current master the mother-in-law of a Thorne. (Oakleigh Thorne III is fondly known as Big.) Farnham Collins has lived through many changes in the hunting field. In the entrance hall of his farmhouse is a portrait of his father,

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Dr. Howard Collins, clad in the five-button coat of an MFH. Farnham himself became a master in 1978 and hunted with the hounds for 30 years before becoming honorary MFH. Now pushing 80 years old (which he considers middle aged), Farnham notes, “In the ’70s and ’80s, it was the parents, pulling along a son or daughter on a Thelwell pony. Now the parents come because their children have dragged them.” Collins has also observed a decline in the quality of horsemanship. “People don’t ride as well, so we have to lower the fences, and the hunt gave up the hunter trials which had been an October fixture,” he says. Shep Ellenberg, long-time member of the hunt, had built a marvelous hunt-trials course on his Hallmark Farm, but the fences to be jumped were the actual 3 feet, 6 inches noted in the prize list— not the normal several inches lower. “People didn’t like to jump them, so we had to give them up,” Collins added. The 91-year-old Golden’s Bridge Hounds (GBH) is the second pack in Millbrook hunt country. While its main territory is in Westchester County, close to New York City, two or three times a month GBH hunts in Amenia valley separate from where the Millbrook Hunt holds meets. Golden Bridge’s field master is Bruce Colley, son of its 88-year-old MFH, Gene Colley. “We’ve been hunting in the north country for 20 years,” says Bruce. Hunt territory closer to the city has been eaten up by developers, and large estates have closed their fences to the hunt. “We want to make sure there is hunting territory for the next generation,” he says. Bruce started hunting when he was 8 years old and learned polo when he was in college. The Colleys are another of those multi-generational riding families; Bruce’s son, Davis, rides with his father and grandfather in the hunt and has played polo as part of the Mashomack team. EV EN T ING

While the sport of three-day eventing and fox hunting is being pushed out by developers in many areas of the country, Millbrook is unique in having two thriving horse trials each summer—Fitch’s Corner and the Millbrook Horse Trials. The Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials are the premier lower-level, three-day event in the United States. They have been held every July for the past 22 years at Fitch’s Corner, the horse farm owned by lifelong horsewoman Fernanda

Kellogg and her husband, Kirk Henkels. Kellogg is unique in the eventing world. In addition to running an event that attracts Olympic-level riders such as Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton, she has been an enthusiastic competitor since her teens and in 2012 was ranked second nationally as a USEA master amateur beginner rider. Fernanda also supports the sport at the highest levels as a horse owner, and she played a significant role in arranging and participating in the syndicate to purchase Otis Barbotiere, Boyd Martin’s mount for the 2012 London Olympics. The Fitch’s Corner trials began humbly 22 years ago as a summer project for Kellogg’s daughter and quickly became one of Kellogg’s passions. Today the event hosts more than 250 riders from all over the country. Moreover, the event is one of the pinnacles of the Millbrook social season and has something to offer everyone—not just riders. The weekend-long event includes Fitch’s Market (which this year hosted 50 vendors), the Saturday night Blue Jean Ball, the more formal Sunday Spectator’s Luncheon, and a classic car show. The Millbrook Horse Trials is something of a Phoenix rising from literal ashes. It was 2


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Louise Meryman who first brought the sport of eventing to Millbrook in 1980 with a series of combined tests—dressage followed by show jumping, with no cross country. On a fateful day in November 1982, the community was stunned to find that Meryman’s barn had burned to the ground, taking with it 18 horses. But Louise is nothing if not resilient. “By January we were in England searching for new horses,” she recounts, “and in June of 1984 we held the first Millbrook Horse Trials at what is now Coole Park Farm.” This year, 510 horse-and-rider combinations rode at the Millbrook Horse Trials, and scores more were turned away. “We call it the 15th Annual because, although we started in 1984, we skipped a few years in the ‘90s before the event was reincarnated in 2001, after being purchased by David and Connie Clapp,” Meryman admits. Louise teaches and trains event riders at TreeLine Farm in Pine Plains. She knows of what she teaches, having ridden for the U.S. Equestrian Team at Luhmullen in Germany in 1989 (individual sixth place), Boekolo in Holland (team second place), and Burghley in England in 1993 (team first). Louise continues to serve as president and chairman of the Millbrook Horse Trials. POLO

Polo came to Millbrook in the 1980s, with the first match played in the back pasture of Eric Rosenfeld’s Chestnut Ridge Farm. When Rosenfeld sold that venue, the task was to find a suitable new playing field. The polo players found it at Mashomack with Big Oakleigh, joined by local horsemen John Klopp and Bruce Colley, who together created a worldclass polo club. When the 18th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge was played in June, it was in front of 800 spectators sipping champagne under a circus-sized tent, with another 200 tailgating on the sidelines. The club itself covers 2,000 acres and boasts six polo fields, a regulation arena for winter play, stalls for 250 horses, and a clubhouse fit for a duke. Before the intervention of Thorne, Klopp, and Colley, Mashomack was not so much a club as the quirky estate of one Dan Daly, who had moved from Shelter Island to Pine Plains in 1979. If Dan Daly liked you, you could become a member of his Mashomack club; otherwise, chances were slim to none. 54 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

Following Daly’s death in 2003, Klopp, Big Oakleigh Thorne, and several other existing members put together a group to acquire the club from Daly’s estate. Today, the Mashomack Club has 400 members and offers a sporting clays range and hunting grounds, a pool, and fishing and swimming in beautiful Halcyon Lake, which backs the 19th-century Greek Revival clubhouse. The club affords both casual and fine dining opportunities, a menu to suit every taste, and a wine list to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Decorated with hunting prints and period-appropriate antiques, the clubhouse is a place where members can relax like lords of the manor, reclining on overstuffed leather sofas or enjoying a cigar on the elegant back porch, which overlooks the lake.

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n addition to the main club, Mashomack Polo functions as a club-within-a-club under the leadership of John Klopp as president. One of the social events of the summer season is the Mashomack International Polo Challenge, spearheaded by Bruce Colley, Parker Gentry, and John’s wife, Karen Klopp. Karen enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the most fashionable woman in the Millbrook hunt country. She runs a website called What2WearWhere, which offers stylish women practical advice on the appropriate attire for any social event and helpfully provides links to purchase elegant clothing at a range of price points (see page 18). She also sponsors the What2WearWhere team for the polo challenge, with her husband taking the No. 4 spot on the team this past June. Typically Parker Gentry plays for the team as well, although she was missed this year. Says Karen, “Parker is the best horsewoman around.” The Klopps are serious about polo, and their scenic property, Smithfield Farms, boasts not only a charming yellow Dutch Colonial house but also its own polo field. The Mashomack season ends with the Smithfield Farms Cup, a three-on-three tournament. Says Klopp apologetically, “The field’s not regulation size, so we can only play a three-man team.” OLYMPIC JU MPERS

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The Mashomack clubhouse offers members a variety of inviting spaces in which to relax, dine, and socialize. Tasteful period-appropriate antiques and hunting prints add to the understated atmosphere. A portrait of the original Mashomack estate owner, Dan Daly, is prominently displayed in the club.

with Olympic credentials. That drought ended last year when Peter Wylde unpacked his tack trunk at Winley Farm, bringing with him an Olympic gold medal earned in Athens in 2004, a World Equestrian Games bronze, a pair of Pan Am Games silvers, and a sterling reputation as a talented, patient teacher and coach. Winley Farm has been a Millbrook landmark for more than a century. Its 155 grassy acres at the village edge were for decades the home of Amory Winthrop, a patrician equestrienne who died in 1998. The farm boasts an indoor riding arena as big as a soccer field, with a concert-hall sound system and innovative walls made from glass garage doors that roll up on balmy days. The horse stalls are as big as some people’s living rooms, the heated viewing rooms looking over the riding arena belong in Architectural Digest, and the brick-paved aisles are wide enough for a Bentley. DRESSED F O R S U C C ESS

There are more rules about the proper attire for riding to hounds than psalms in the Bible, and in Millbrook they are strictly enforced. Feli Thorne once sent me home from a Millbrook meeting for wearing a helmet of the wrong color. There are rules about the color of the cuff on a riding boot, how many buttons on a coat, and the contents of a sandwich in a lunchbox clipped to a lady’s saddle. That’s where Barbara Wadsworth and her jewel-box shop, Horse Leap, in Amenia come in. “You’d be surprised,” Barbara discloses without naming names, “how concerned people are that they are properly turned out for the meet.” Barbara sells not just riding clothes but self-assurance, and runs the only shop in the Northeast selling authentic equestrian gear, either new or slightly broken in. “I’ve had people ask to me rough up garments so they didn’t look shiny new,” Barbara says. Aside from fox hunters who need assurance the master won’t dispatch them for improper garb, it’s widely known that, given Horse Leap’s specialization in authentic vintage riding gear, designers from ateliers like Ralph Lauren



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Millbrook’s most popular spot for dining is Charlotte’s on Route 44, about four miles out of town. If you have any trouble finding it, just follow the duallies with Florida license plates (likely polo players) or horse trailers with a fox-mask sticker (fox hunters). It is the venue for countless hunt breakfasts and even the occasional hunt ball. Make sure you get a table in the bar, which sports a wall of hunting prints and an expansive fireplace. For the best Italian food, there is the Tratoria San Giorgio in downtown Millbrook. A local favorite is a pizza with honey, pears, and gorgonzola. For the best hamburgers around, try Monte’s in Amenia, and for more casual dining, you can’t go wrong with the Millbrook Diner on Franklin Street, an authentic 1950s diner that’s fun for kids and adults alike. 56 | EQ U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

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n a way, Nancy Stahl does have her Hadrian’s Wall, but it’s not a 10-foot-high pile of stone like one built by the Roman emperor. Instead it’s the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), which has helped put 39,000 acres in the heart of Millbrook hunt country into agreements that mean there will be no Levittown row houses or the hotels disdained by Millbrook equestrians. While the DLC’s role is broader than fox hunting, Oakleigh Thorne III and Farnham Collins have been critically involved in the organization’s inception and growth. The people who support the DLC are often called stewards of the land. Becky Thornton, president of the conservancy, says that designation comes from a statement made in 1985 by the late banking heir Chauncey Stillman that “the extraordinary scenic of this area has remained protected from the desecration of landscape occurring elsewhere because all of

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us have dedicated ourselves to its stewardship.” In 1988, the 1,250 acres of Stillman’s Wethersfield Farm (page 58) were among the first preserved by the DLC. Thanks to the DLC, someone driving through Amenia today might stop for the priceless sight of running hounds in full cry with Parker Gentry or Bruce Colley in scarlet coats galloping behind, in a full, Gosford Park scene that is fast disappearing from other parts PAGE 83 of the American landscape.


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Don Rosendale (below, left) has won the Millbrook Horse Trials 13 times and finished second in the Millbrook and Golden’s Bridge hunter trials. Before devoting himself full time to his farm in Amenia, he was a corporate vice president of Trans World Airlines and PepsiCo Inc. He has previously written for The Economist, Vanity Fair, and Forbes. Rebecca Baldridge (below, right) is an investment professional, institutional marketer, and financial writer. An enthusiastic horse lover, rider, and polo player, she also frequently writes on equestrian topics. In 2014, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by riding to hounds with Golden’s Bridge.

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A GARDEN WITHOUT FLOWERS? Absolutely. Wethersfield is a garden of amazing richness by using infinite shades of green, landscape architecture, and the textures of plants. Its inspiration came from the gardens of the Italian Renaissance and their use of water, sculpture, topiary, and terraces. An Arborvitae allée with a Naiad fountain, the peacock walk, and the belvedere are some of the garden’s most stunning features. Wethersfield is located in Amenia, New York, and was originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989), an investor and philanthropist who purchased the property, a dairy farm, and named it after Wethersfield, Connecticut, where his ancestors had settled in the late 1600s. Wethersfield was left by Stillman to the Homeland Foundation with two principal goals: to maintain the estate, gardens, and carriage house museum, and to use the estate for religious, scientific, and educational purposes. Estate manager Kevin Malloy said, “The Wethersfield staff is delighted with the invigorated leadership of the new

Small photos above: Kevin Malloy, Wethersfield’s estate manager. One of the few flower gardens, this one in English style. The Georgian-style main house was built in 1939. The Gloriette wing was added in 1973. In addition to 22 carriages, the carriage house includes appointments.

Homeland Foundation board, headed by chairman, Rev. Joseph Koterski of Fordham University.” The 1,200-acre property is the highest point in the region, with panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north. The estate consists of the main house, gardens, carriage house, and a working farm. An accomplished equestrian, Stillman built the stables in 1937 to house riding horses for fox hunting and recreation. In 1960 he became interested in reviving the declining art of carriage driving, and he worked closely with Col. Paul Downing, a consultant for Colonial Williamsburg and founding editor of The Carriage Journal, in developing his carriage and appointments collection. Houseguests at Wethersfield were treated to daily carriage rides on the approximately 20 miles of carriage trails on the estate.

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Wethersfield Garden is open to visitors three days per week, June through September. The main house and carriage barn require advance reservations.wethersfieldgardens.org

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MARK PERRY Inspired by American Folk Art

Mark A. Perry is a sculptor of wood who creates contemporary works influenced by his passion for the alluring, simple forms and complex surfaces of early American folk masterpieces. His artistic focus is the point where past and present unite to create powerful, synergistic works that become, as he is often told, sophisticated folk art. Perry began his career by the sea on Nantucket Island and now lives and works in Westerly, Rhode Island. His sculptures can be found in public and privates collections from Nantucket to Santa Barbara, California.

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UNICORN CRIMPER 38”L x 17”H x 4”D, carved bass and ebony woods, paint. One of Perry’s earlier attempts at reproducing a historic original, albeit much larger in size.

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“American folk art sculpture, as diverse as that category is, has a rich soulfulness and spirit that is unmistakable.”

GOLDEN DOODLE CRIMPER 70”L x 30”H x 9”D, carved and painted wood.

SMOKE GRAINED HORSE 66”L x 50”H x 22”D, carved and painted wood, horse hair, iron tail, and cast-iron star wheels. Smoke graining was a popular mid-19th century decorative technique involving a candle and a spoon.

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RUNNING HORSE 49”L x 28”H x 8”D, carved and painted wood, distressed 23k gold leaf, and metal ears.

STEPHANIE PETERS INTERVIEW WITH MARK PERRY

As an artist, is your mission to adhere to the style of 17th- and 18th-century folk-art carvings or to modernize and personalize these centuries-old designs?

Originally my mission was to replicate 17thand 18th-century folk art masterpieces. I am a self-taught artist. That process involved mirroring the earlier works, recreating them, and, in that process, learning something of the artists’ thinking process and perspective. Today I create my own works inspired by some aspect of American folk art. For example, Hero, the Dalmatian carving, was inspired by both early carousel carvings and scrimshaw pie crimpers of the 19th century. The result is an iconic firehouse mascot turned into something of a superhero. What is it about American folk art sculpture that resonates with you?

American folk art sculpture, as diverse as that category is, has a rich soulfulness and spirit that is unmistakable. In so many cases—seemingly unintended by the maker— happenstance and naiveté meld to form works that are often primitive yet remarkably beautiful. I was immediately drawn to this form of art, where chance, time, and weather play such a role.

Your journey as an artist took a 10-year break from carving. What factors made you realize this was going to be a career?

I was living on Nantucket Island when I first began carving in wood. Being on the island at that time helped to accelerate my art career. Like much in folk art, it all started by accident. Nantucket has a rich history of folk-art traditions, and there is a great appreciation for it there. I could not have a picked a better place to start my very unexpected career. Do you prefer any particular woods?

I carve almost exclusively in basswood that comes from the Linden tree. It is a well-known wood to carvers and is prized for its straight and clear grain. Since my work is finished in either paint and or gold palladium leaf, I have had little need to carve in other woods that could be left with a natural finish. Did living in Nantucket and other coastal areas influence the subjects of your sculptures?

Yes, very much so. My most popular carvings are the crimpers. While living on Nantucket, I was impressed with the wide range of objects created by 19th-century whaling men out of

whale ivory. This is called scrimshaw. The early crimpers, or jagging wheels as they are often called, were made aboard ships during a journey that would often last several years. Many of the prized scrimshaw works, as decorative as they were, are actually tools for the kitchen. Pie crimpers crimp the edge of a pie, connecting the top and bottom crust around the edge. The whalers would make them for their wives or girlfriends back home. I adopted the style, modernized it, and enlarged the concept many times to create works that are devoid of any utilitarian meaning. There is a great carving heritage around the sea. I was also fascinated by ship figureheads and sternboards. I’ve had the privilege of restoring 19th-century examples to their former glory, while keeping their sense of age intact. Why is this style of folk art so sought after by collectors?

People collect what speaks to them, what moves their spirit in some way, and nurtures their soul. My works are relatable and approachable—different yet familiar. For example, my dog crimpers bring the greatest smiles to people’s faces. Adults and children are fascinated by them. I believe that as our world becomes WINTER 2 0 1 5 | 2 0 1 6 | EQ U ES TRIA N Q UA RTERLY | 63


“I have a great appreciation for modern art, and have worked in that realm. That, combined with a keen eye toward folk-art traditions yields a very pleasing result.”

VAN GOAT 38”L x 36”H x 17”D, carved and painted wood, wire, metal, and an 18th-century spike. One of Perry’s very favorite pieces. He notes, “I do know that the beard is reversed; it was intentional.”

HERO 63”L x 28”H x 9”D, carved and painted wood, 23k gold leaf.

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DOG CRIMPER 43”L x 21”H x 5”D, carved and painted wood.

more mechanized, where computers can now generate almost any physical object, there is an appreciation of things made by hand. Your pieces, while steeped in tradition, have a timeless, modern, and even whimsical feel.

There is something of a fusion that takes place in my work, where past, present, and future are combined with a dash of fun. I have a great appreciation for modern art and have worked in that realm. That, combined with a keen eye toward folk-art traditions, yields a very pleasing result. It seems that the terms “contemporary folk art” or “sophisticated folk art” is how people see my work. How much time goes into your pieces?

Each of my works is handcrafted solely by me. The very nature of working alone and taking each piece through all the steps from beginning to end is quite time consuming. The concept stages, along with designing, template making, roughing, carving, and finishing, add up to sculptures that can take weeks or months to create. I carve most things out of solid blocks of wood in what is called the subtractive method, as opposed to working with clay, which would be additive.

What are your most-requested works?

My crimpers are my most-requested commissions. Most of these are in the form of dogs, which I can customize for the client in terms of size, type of dog, and wheel design. Like most things in my art career, one thing has led to another. I first began making a generic dog design while living on Nantucket, where I think the ratio of dogs to humans is 3-to-1. Since then, requests have continued to come in to have dogs carved in the likeness of my clients’ beloved pets. I just recently completed a poodle carving for a home in Maryland. The home was built in the style of modern barn. The owners, who have two standard Poodles, wanted their poodle crimper to meld with the style and architecture of the house. To achieve this, I created a crimping wheel using various elements of vintage tractor wheels and seats. Other crimpers have had carved dog bones as spokes in the wheel, and one particularly fun project for a Washington, D.C., area symphony conductor had conductor batons incorporated into the wheel. Do you have new creative pursuits?

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hat’s so great about horse racing? That’s a question dedicated railbirds hear often. “It’s too complicated,” some say. “It’s wrought with problems; it’s gambling.”Admittedly, even the most die-hard fan can’t argue with some of the issues that plague the sport, but when the critics are done, here’s what remains for the smitten: the Moment.

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have been dying to see, and it’s even more awesome than you imagined. “Every time I watch a race, excitement lives in the undercurrents of what I am about to witness,” says Barbara Fossum, member-

oon afterward, the Americas followed suit. By 1894, breeders and racers had formed the American Jockey Club, which still defines the standards of the breed. But it wasn’t until after World War I that horse racing really boomed in this country. Unfettered with bans on gambling and with the introduction of pari-mutuel wagering (which places money into a betting pool so that it can be doled out fair and square to winners), more and more racetracks opened across the United States. By the early 1970s horse racing, as a spectator sport, was about as popular as baseball. The ‘70s, in fact, are considered the golden age of horse racing. Before there were off-track betting parlors, computers, online wagering, mobile apps, and 1,000 cable channels, fans had no choice but to go to the track and watch the races—and they did. The decade also saw not one but three Triple Crown heroes, with Seattle Slew and Affirmed following in the hoof prints of the memorable Secretariat.

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The moment an Amazonian Zenyatta, running dead last and seemingly defeated for the first time in her career, suddenly threads the needle, picks off champion colts like a Lamborghini motoring through a fleet of Fords, and becomes the first female in history to win the Super Bowl of horse races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “This…is...un-bee-lieveable!” cried race caller Trevor Denman. “What a performance, one we’ll never forget.” And we haven’t. Or the moment a spectacular Secretariat, moving like “a tremendous machine,” obliterates a field of four to win the 1973 Belmont Stakes as well as the coveted Triple Crown by an incredulous 31 lengths, shifting his distinction on the track from legendary to mythical. Or the moment this past June when American Pharoah, again in the Belmont Stakes, made a move more beautiful than any spiral Peyton Manning ever threw, and all at once it was certain that 37 years of prayers would be granted. “Will I ever see another Triple Crown winner in my lifetime?” fans had asked themselves each spring (there hadn’t been one since 1978). And on that day, the answer was finally a resounding yes, yes, yes. It’s the moment a horse is not just a horse, but an immortal. When it’s not just a race but a duel of wills between athletes—athletes unaffected by contract negotiations, pay raises, and endorsement deals. It’s the greatest moment you thought you’d never see, but

Gladiator might note that racing horses— albeit those attached to chariots—has been around for quite a few centuries. The sport as we know it, however, had its beginning in the 1600s when England’s King Charles reintroduced horse racing—which had until that time been banned—to his loyal subjects because, well, he loved it. It became quite popular with royalty and nobles, which contributed to horse racing becoming known as the Sport of Kings. The first Thoroughbreds were also a product of Great Britain, where three foreign stallions were imported in the early 1700s for their stamina—the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian, and the Byerley Turk—and mated to light-on-their-feet English mares, in the hope of creating horses that could run not only fast but far. All modern Thoroughbreds can trace their bloodlines back to one of these three sires.

ship development coordinator for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and a lifelong racing fan. “Is a superstar about to emerge? Will a horse step forward with a touching story? To see a potential champion take their first racing steps and then to follow their path to greatness—I think that’s an experience that’s unmatched in other sports,” Fossum adds. “As fans, we’re all along for the ride.” Anyone who has ever watched Ben Hur or


... a spectacular Secretariat, MOVING LIKE “A TREMENDOUS MACHINE” obliterates a field of four to win the 1973 Belmont Stakes as well as the coveted Triple Crown by an incredulous 31 lengths.

5 RACES TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW CIGAR’S 1995 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC He had won 12 in a row (on his way to 16 consecutive victories) and was attempting an unbeaten season. Watch and see why fans called him the incomparable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar!

RUFFIAN’S 1975 MOTHER GOOSE STAKES Beauty, charisma, and speed—she had it all. You could actually watch any one of the great filly’s record-setting stakes wins, but here, she rolls like a black swan over the course to win by 15 and is really just the definition of equine perfection.

SEATTLE SLEW’S KENTUCKY DERBY The first undefeated winner of the Kentucky Derby fights a brutal head-to-head duel until he finally cuts loose to win the derby en route to the 1977 Triple Crown.

SECRETARIAT’S FINAL RACE It was a dark and stormy day at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada, when the great Triple Crown winner ran for the last time. Watch the champion snort steam as he powers down the stretch like a freight train to win by six.

ZENYATTA’S 2009 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC It looked impossible. It wasn’t.

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f course, the traditional high point of horse racing is, for most, the Kentucky Derby, which had its inaugural run in 1875 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It was won by Aristides, a son of the British sire Leamington, and folks have been having parties, wearing poufy hats, and sipping mint juleps on the first Saturday in May ever since. A time-honored custom, to be sure, but if your experience with horse racing begins and ends with the greatest two minutes in sports, consider what you’re missing: A great day out for less than $15. And that includes a hot dog and a beer. The chance to win money. So what if you can’t read a past-performance chart or decipher a daily racing form? Wedding anniversaries or old high-school locker combinations have been known to cash huge tickets. Remembering the way you were. “All people grow up with horses, whether it was reading Black Beauty or watching My Friend Flicka or Mr. Ed,” notes Steve Haskin, veteran turf writer and correspondent for The Blood-Horse magazine. “There’s a natural bond between people and horses that has existed for centuries,” he adds. “We grow up and move on to other endeavors and interests and that bond becomes dormant, but it’s not dead.” The chance to follow a hero. Like, say, Wise Dan, a modestly bred cinnamon gelding with a less-than-famous trainer, who at the age of 4 erupted with talent to become the greatest miler on grass the sport has seen in decades. Dan was horse of the year in 2012 and 2013. But with any list of highlights there is also a list of all-too-legitimate problems casting a pall on the sport. Nonetheless, detractors should note: things are beginning to change. “The rules of medication, aftercare, the use of the whip—all of those things are on the minds of horsemen now, and we are working to get them straightened out,” says owner-breeder Cot

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Campbell, whose Dogwood Stables in Aiken, South Carolina, has campaigned such horses as multi-millionaire Palace Malice. “It won’t be overnight, but there is finally steady movement in the right direction,” adds Campbell. “Equine athletes can’t speak for themselves, so this makes our advocacy even more critical.” rug use and drug testing are perhaps the biggest hot beds of controversy. According to recent reports, nine racing states are currently taking part in the National Uniform Medications Program, which was spearheaded in 2013 and aims to implement consistent regulations on equine medication use. Similarly, the grass-roots organization WHOA (Water, Hay, Oats Alliance), of which Campbell is a member, has brought

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concerned horsemen together for the first time with one unified voice. “WHOA has teamed with the Humane Society, the Jockey Club, and other major racing organizations to sponsor and encourage the introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives that will put control of medication in the hands of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency,” says Campbell. “We want to regulate medication among all the states in the U.S. where racing exists.” Perhaps the single most effective change in racing, though, has been the formation of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a program that raises funds and works to formally accredit non-profit facilities that provide secondcareer retraining, re-homing, and permanent retirement options for ex-race horses. “The support for aftercare has increased exponentially,” WINTER 2 0 1 5 | 2 0 1 6 | EQ U ES TRIA N Q UA RTERLY | 71


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5 GREAT MOVIES ABOUT HORSE RACING THAT AREN’T SEABISCUIT OR SECRETARIAT

LOST IN THE FOG Filmmaker John Corey’s moving documentary traces the career of brilliant sprinter Lost in the Fog and his blue-collar owner through the season of a lifetime, in which the horse won 10 straight on the California circuit before the fairy tale turned to tragedy.

says Michael Blowen, founder and president of the Kentucky-based Old Friends, one of the largest Thoroughbred retirement farms in the country. “The hard-earned success of the TAA and the industry-wide recognition of quality aftercare has not only enriched the sport but also led directly to more fans.” “Many criticize that the proverbial tides are turning at a snail’s pace, but at least, for the first time, they are turning,” says Campbell. “Thank God something is going on. There is some light at the end of this tunnel.” For true fans, though, the thrill and beauty of horseracing can surpass the unfortunate aspects. When American Pharoah won the Triple Crown on June 6, there were tens of thousands of fans at the track whose cheers came together to rock the rafters at New York’s 72 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

PHAR LAP In 1932, Australia superstar Phar Lap came to the U.S. to conquer new territory. When he died suddenly, reportedly from colic, suspicions arose: was he poisoned by mobsters with heavy gambling interests? The drama traces the Red Terror’s humble beginnings and his relationship with beloved stable boy Tommy. Ron Liebman costars as American race promoter Dave Davis.

(Dakota Fanning) and an even dreamier racehorse named Sonador. BOOTS MALONE A hard flick to find, but worth scanning cable channels with hopes of late-night viewing. An absorbing melodrama starring William Holden as a destroyed jockey’s agent who gets a second chance at success when a sleeper horse and a hungry young rider come into his life—until fate comes after them all. Made in 1952, it’s still one of the most authentic looks at track life ever made.

DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY The movie is, in fact, based on the real-life tale of Mariah’s Storm, a mare who broke a leg but beat the odds by returning to racing and becoming a champ. Kurt Russell is Ben Crane, an about-tolose-it-all trainer whose faith is restored—and career saved—by his dreamy daughter, Cale

Belmont Park. It was a roar unprecedented at any sporting event, and it was later reported that when the bay colt crossed the finish line spectators—most of them perfect strangers, many with tears streaming down their faces— turned to one another and hugged, as if to confirm that they were indeed alive and witnessing what many consider the greatest and certainly the most elusive feat in sports. It was the moment we’d all been waiting for.

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LET IT RIDE Down on his luck cabbie Jay Trotter (Richard Dreyfuss) gets a hot tip on a horse and parlays it into one magical, mystical, miraculous day at the track. The comedy also stars David Johansen, Teri Garr, and Robbie Coltrane in his pre-Harry Potter days.

A New York native and former senior editor at Entertainment Weekly, CYNTHIA GRISOLIA is a freelance writer living in Kentucky. She is also the media relations manager for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility that is home to more than 100 retired race horses.


When AMERICAN PHAROAH crossed the finish line, spectators—most of them perfect strangers, many with tears streaming down their faces—turned to one another and hugged.

5 LEGENDARY HORSES YOU SHOULD KNOW BUT PROBABLY DON’T BOLD RULER In 1957 Bold Ruler (right) was a champion and horse of the year, but it’s his post-racing career that makes him significant to the pantheon of racing. America’s leading sire for more than seven years—his greatest son was Secretariat—Bold Ruler singlehandedly shaped the breed and helped usher in racing’s golden era, the 1970s. KELSO From 1960 to 1964, it was as if no other racehorse existed. Kelly— as his owner Allaire DuPont called him—lost some races, but not many. He set the precedent for what great horses are supposed to do: carry high weight (in his case, 130 pounds), set track records (nine in all), and earn horse of the year titles (five of them, in fact). Well-known turf writer

Joe Hirsch summed it up perfectly when he wrote, “Once upon a time there was a horse named Kelso. But only once.” JOHN HENRY Arguably racing’s most famous rags-to-riches story. John was a runty, ill-tempered gelding spawned from common stock. He struggled until trainer Ron McAnally unleashed the

horse’s potential and set forth a career unmatched in the stat books: 39 victories, seven Eclipse Awards (including two horse-of-the-year crowns) and, at his retirement in 1985, a bank balance of over $6.5 million, making him richer than any other racehorse at the time. Long a retiree at the Kentucky Horse Park, the grumpy but beloved John drew thousands of tourists annually until his death in 2007. LADY’S SECRET Thanks to social media and the Internet, super mares like Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra became household names. But in 1986 Lady’s Secret, the dainty gray daughter of Secretariat, quietly kicked butt, winning 15 graded stakes and defeating the boys four times, including a historic win in the prestigious Whitney Handicap.

Nicknamed the Iron Lady, the filly capped off the year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (these days the Ladies Classic), which earned her double Eclipse Awards, one for horse of the year. PERSONAL ENSIGN At the 16th pole in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, it looked like all was lost for the undefeated Personal Ensign. In this, her swan song, it appeared she would finally suffer the agony of defeat. Then, as if by some divine intervention, she unleashed a furious run to overcome Winning Colors, that year’s Derby winner, by less than a nose. She retired with 13 spectacular wins and no losses. The race is considered the most exciting finish in Breeder’s Cup history.

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hen American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, it thrilled America. To honor this achievement, Breyer, the maker of quality, realisticlooking model horses, is creating a highly detailed and accurate American Pharoah model. Stephanie Macejko, Breyer vice president of product development told the Louisville, Kentucky, CourierJournal, “We’re horse enthusiasts, so how could we not watch, cheer, and root for a winner. It is extremely exciting this year to have a horse that has actually won all three races.”

Breyer’s fine-artist resin sculpture of American Pharoah shows the Triple Crown winner galloping home with his triumphant jockey giving an enthusiastic fist pump! Sculpted by Kristina Francis, the model horse captures every victory detail—from flared nostrils to rippling musculature—with lifelike realism. Skillful hand painting highlights the champion’s subtle star, richly shaded bay coat, and the distinctive colors of the Zayat Stables silks. American Pharoah comes complete with a hardwood base, a brass title plaque, and a genuine Breyer cer tificate of authenticity. Enter here to win: equestrianquarterly.com/ win-american-pharoah/

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ith its sweeping vistas, dramatic mountain ranges, and pastoral farm lands, Santa Ynez Valley has long been the refuge for many of California’s most illustrious families. Famous names from finance, film, and sport have chosen to call this peaceful valley home. Set in a quintessential California landscape of flaxen-colored fields watched over by century-old live oaks is Sycamore Valley Ranch, an oasis that offers the utmost in privacy, serenity, and beauty. With the San Rafael and Santa Ynez mountains as backdrops, this 2,700 acre-property extends as far as the eye can see. The ranch was acquired in 1977 from the estate of one of the founders of Crocker Bank. The owner’s inspired vision for the property was to design and construct a sophisticated European home for formal entertaining, yet would also lend itself to the casual lifestyle that suits the valley setting. To achieve his ambitious plans, he entrusted the architectural design to Robert Altevers. Sycamore

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SYCAMORE VALLEY RANCH Originally the famous NEVERLAND RANCH, this magnificent 2,700-acre property would make an absolutely amazing equestrian estate. The price: $100 million.

Valley Ranch pays tribute to the grand manor homes of France, with unique ceiling details in every room and seven different parquet floor patterns. It took five years to complete the design and construction of the approximately 12,000-square-foot home. Landscape architect Thomas Stone developed the original 32-acre conceptual site plan and envisioned all the landscape and hardscape elements in the gardens. The focus of the landscape was a central four-acre lake with a waterfall and bridge. A dominant feature in the north garden is a European-style hunting lodge that serves as the prime viewing location for competitive tennis matches played on the sunken championship court. The lodge features a soaring cathedral ceiling and carved wooden bar—an ideal location for billiard and ping pong tables. Upstairs is a spacious loft area. From the main floor, a staircase descends to a subterranean wine cellar built entirely of local stone. The cool, constant temperature of the rooms is ideal for the cellaring of fine Burgundies and Bordeaux.


(Opposite) The 12,500-square-foot main residence; (below) the Neverland train station; the outdoor, full-service barbecue and kitchen pavillion.

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The undulating contours of the French, gray-bottom pool resemble a peaceful mountain pond and blend seamlessly into the garden environment. A nearby spa nestled among a grouping of stone boulders appears to be a quiet pool along the course of a gentle stream. Beyond the pool and terrace areas is a marvelous green meadow that stretches out to the horizon and is crisscrossed by walking paths and a meandering stream. The stream is fed by the northern lake; it flows down from the garden and under a stone bridge, where it cascades into the larger lake. A walking path encircles this lake and passes near a sandy beach and a charming viewing pavilion. A leisurely walk from the main residence leads to the spectacular movie theater and 76 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

SVR is jointly listed by Suzanne Perkins (above) and Harry Kolb of Sotheby’s International Proper ties of Montecito, California. Suzanne is a third-generation horsewoman from Lexington, Kentucky. She and her husband, Perry, have bred, trained, and shown four generations of champion Arabian and half-Arabian horses, which have included four national champions. Suzanne has been a licensed USEF judge since 1989.

dance center, designed by architect Evans Jones. Double entry doors open to a central lobby replete with candy counter and popcorn machine. Immediately to the left is an extraordinary dance studio. The theater’s proportions are grand, with seating for 50 guests. The wide screen rivals any public theater, and the stage floor includes hidden trap doors for magical acts. There are two private, ground-floor viewing suites, as well as a private owner’s suite located on the second level. The continued privacy and natural beauty of the land surrounding the ranch are assured, as the property borders the Los Padres National Forest to the north. This preserve is comprised of over 2 million acres of unspoiled wilderness PAGE 83 terrain.


(Opposite), The South Lake; (this page) European-style hunting lodge that serves as a pool house and viewing area of the sunken tennis court; (below)the 50-seat movie theater and dance studio; the tennis court, and barn.

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ntercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) college equestrian teams give riders of all skill levels the opportunity to compete against other colleges and universities, both individually and as teams. Founded by Bob Cacchione in 1967 on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status, IHSA includes more than 370 riding teams, ranging from small private

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“I challenge most other colleges to say that they are developing students who, when they graduate, are leading people in life-or-death situations.” —Coach Peter Cashman

colleges to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The West Point team is coached by Peter Cashman, who is also the IHSA’s first vice president. Peter explained why he is an ardent spokesman of the team concept. “I think Bob’s concept of making riding affordable and available for every college student—from an open rider who has done all the big circuits to a absolute beginner—is a wonderful concept because it puts kids together who are not a natural fit in the horse industry,” he said. “You don’t normally see kids who are riding in the


grand prix and doing all the big events hanging around and helping a walk-trot kid. It is just a wonderful thing—it’s unnatural in the horse business—where kids get together and work as teams.” eter noted another important facet of IHSA, “Intercollegiate is ‘catch riding.’ That means that the kids pick a horse’s name out of a hat. It’s not who has the most money and can buy the best horse. You have to figure out how to ride the horse you are assigned before the first fence, so all the money in the world isn’t going to help you at that juncture. It levels the playing field in ways that you don’t see in the horse industry.” When asked why the West Point team is IHSA rather than NCAA, Peter explained,

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Top, Peter Cashman coaching his riders at the West Point riding ring. Opposite, team riders on the West Point campus overlooking the Hudson River : Cadet Matilda Brady, Peter Cashman, Cadet Madeleine Arnold, Cadet Caroline Harris, and Cadet Crystel Calderon riding Patriot.

“NCAA equestrian is based on two things I don’t agree with. One, NCAA is a women’s sport done for gender equity, but what they have done is taken the only sport where gender is not an issue and turned it into one. Riding has always been one of the only sports where men and women compete against each other. “I love our team concept. It gives our beginner kids a chance to ride that they wouldn’t have in the NCAA. There, they basically have only open riding; they don’t have classes below, so you don’t get a chance to develop a kid. I’m sure in the NCAA, for the most part, the riders come already made. They’ve been riding since they were 5 or 6 years old, had numerous trainers. All I can do as a coach is reinforce what they already know. But,” Peter added, “the walk-trot kids who come here and graduate as novice jumpers who can win a two-foot six class—they’re mine. I can look at them and say,

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you know what, I helped them get where they are. That’s rewarding.” Peter explained how coaching Army’s team is different from coaching at other colleges, “First and foremost, cadets at West Point become Army officers when they graduate. Riding is a side activity they do to relax and let their hair down. At the academy, we always try to win at everything we do, but there are many levels of winning. Our goal is to develop these young people as leaders of character. “I challenge most other colleges to say that they are developing students who, when they graduate, are leading people in life-or-death situations. Ours is a unique group, so our teaching time is limited compared to other schools. No, we don’t always win, and no, we aren’t the national champions, but to me these kids really are champions.” “For example,” he continued, “we compete against Centenary College, which is one of the 80 | E Q U E S T R I A N Q UA RT E RLY | WI N T ER 2015 | 2016

Top, left to right: Cadet Madeleine Arnold (class of ‘16) on Lucy, Sherry Cashman, Cadet Caroline Harris (‘18) on Sherman, team captain Cadet Crystel Calderon (‘17) on Patriot, Peter Cashman, and Cadet Matilda Brady (‘19) on Ellie. Above: Peter and Sherry live with their dogs in a stone cottage on the proper ty.

premier equestrian teams in the country. Their major focus is on equine studies, and our kids get frustrated because they want to beat them. I tell them, ‘If they can come here and beat you in a rucksack march, or rock climbing, or fisticuffs—then you should be embarrassed. Everybody has different expertise and theirs is not better or worse, yours is just on a different track.’ When they grow up, they realize that all those things aren’t so important once they’ve led troops into battle. Losing at a horse show doesn’t measure up to that.” eter was born into the harness-racing industry and met his wife, Sherry, at a racetrack. “We were both training racehorses, and we ended up combining our stables in

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marriage,” he chuckled. “In 1986 we decided that all the travel was not going to give us the stability we were looking for to raise a family, so we moved here with our son.” Peter is responsible for the West Point barn, Morgan Farm, while Sherry is a coach of the team. Also living in the team barn under Peter’s care are Ranger and Stryker, the official Army mules. They are the mascots of not only West Point’s athletic teams but of the U.S. Army as well. Peter said, “The legend that I’ve heard is some Army people went to an early Navy football game and saw that the Navy had gotten a mascot goat. So they quickly recruited a mule that was walking by, pulling something in to be their mascot. Mules pulled caissons and supply wagons, and they are an important part of army history. You might think that because of the cavalry, our mascot would be a horse, but I think the mule was handy.”

Top, left, Sherry Cashman introduces the famed Army mules, Stryker and Ranger, to the EQ team.

West Point’s equestrian facility, Morgan Farm, was originally part of the J.P. Morgan estate. Morgan raised crops and livestock and would bring back a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish for his friends in Manhattan. After Morgan passed away in 1913, the land basically sat dormant until it was added to West Point. In 1966 the Academy’s then superintendent, equestrian General Scott, reopened Morgan Farm, built a riding ring, added stalls, and founded the first Army equestrian team in 1967. West Point joined the IHSA in 1969 as one of its first teams. It is obvious that Peter loves his life at West Point. “My children were raised with cadets,” he said. “They’re like big brothers and big sisters to them. We’ve been in their wedding parties. These kids stay in touch with us all the time. The West Point team is like an extended family for us.” WINTER 2 0 1 5 | 2 0 1 6 | EQ U ES TRIA N Q UA RTERLY | 81



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Barley Meet the latest DALMATIAN to join the Budweiser Clydesdale team.

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n 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: a Dalmatian dog. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog served as friend and companion to the firefighters, sitting aside the driver. Barley, Budweiser’s newest Dalmatian, joined the company’s East Coast hitch in March to take his place alongside the iconic Clydesdales. The company asked its Twitter followers for help in naming the new puppy and received a huge number of suggestions—Case, Tank, and Suds, among others—before the winning name was selected. When Barley came on he was just 2 months old, and he has taken to his job with gusto, full of puppy energy as he learns the ropes at Anheuser-Busch. He has been traveling with the hitch this year, as far west as Michigan and as far south as Florida. The hitch visits local parades and other events, showcasing the elegance and power of Clydesdales at work. More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather—the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a one-ton load at five miles-per-hour. The Budweiser Clydesdales made their firstever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch

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Barley is right at home hanging out in the stables with his Clydesdale friends.

to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. The presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons, and drivers to tears. Dalmatians have long been used as barn and work dogs because of their high-energy, loud bark, and industrious spirit. First employed by English aristocrats of the 1700s, they were seen as a status symbol. They could sprint for long distances and keep pace with the horses. When firefighters traveled in horse-drawn carriages, the dogs would run ahead, barking to alert bystanders of the approaching, speeding vehicle. It has also been said that the brave, loyal dogs were useful in distracting and comforting the horses when they had to pull up near blazing homes and panicking people. Often, Dalmatians would sleep in stables to protect the horses from thieves or predatory animals. They also worked to deter other dogs that might bark at the passing coach and spook the horses. Though Barley might not have to do many of the jobs that Dalmatians once did, he brings joy and education to local communities. He accompanies the driver of the coach and meets people all around the country. He also represents his breed: a wonderful example of a working animal, in partnership with his equine and human companions. Check out #FollowtheHitch on Twitter to see more of Barley’s travels.



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