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George also photographed this issue’s cover and the feature story on Nic Roldan, one of the world’s best polo players. He captured Nic at his new home, fully relaxed and utterly authentic. Photographer and director Juan Lamarca shot behind-the-scenes images of George in action during the shoot: equestrianquarterly. com/nic-roldan.

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Photographer Juan Lamarca captures EQ Photography Director George Kamper shooting Nic Roldan on location in Wellington, Florida. Photography assistant (center) Felipe Petino. Not shown, Leslie Munsell, men’s groomer.

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s I paged through this issue before it went to press, I found myself being grateful for the amazing images by EQ photography director, George Kamper. His work has enriched the pages of this magazine since its inception four years ago, and it’s a large part of what sets EQ visually apart. You may recall his award-winning photo feature showing Le Saut Hermès in Paris or Lyle Lovett in Texas. Once again, I was awestruck when I reached George’s gallery of photographs taken at Tanque Verde, a guest ranch in Tucson, Arizona (page 74). There is something profound about this genre of his work. I asked him to explain why the West is so inspiring, and he mused, “I suppose it’s a combination of the color palette, the light, and the vast openness. I’ve lived in cities my entire life, so it’s a huge visual treat to be in such beautiful open territory.” He added, “I also admire the life of cowboys and the connection they have with their horses. It’s kind of like the connection I have with my Harley on a road trip.” To see George’s complete cowboy gallery, visit equestrianquarterly. com/cowboys.

Being attuned to our surroundings can provide an endless source of inspiration. We just may not always know why. Our panel of landscape architects and designers shed insight into the understated magic and ingenuity that goes into designing a functional and beautiful landscape. Their designs navigate us from point to point, keep our horses safe, and honor the natural rhythm of the land (page 46). Another view, this time from a speeding horse courageously galloping along miles of an eventing cross-country course, can be both exhilarating and terrifying. Learn about this exciting sport (page 56). If longleaf pines, acres in which to ride, and a full-range of equestrian disciplines sound like your desired landscape, Southern Pines will be a place to explore (page 82). This year’s snowy winter has been relentless and challenging to even the most stalwart of northerners. One way to help us cope was to research and assemble our annual list of “Amazing Escapes for Horse Lovers” (page 64). We’ve done the leg work; now all you need to do is make a selection and pack. Please join us in the next issue to learn about the centuries-old discipline of dressage, savor a portfolio of jaw-dropping farms and ranches, and visit Virginia horse country, where the landscape will be in full bloom.

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