By Britney Grover Portraits by Arianna Vetere Lyndsy Calato learned her exquisite attention to detail riding and showing Quarter Horses in her youth. When she rediscovered riding at 40—this time with a close-contact saddle in the hunter world—she brought that same attention to detail. That’s also how she noticed what a difference it made
By Britney Grover When Edie Baggett talks about the best things in her life, she could talk about being able to ride and compete in dressage and eventing, or her success as an entrepreneur—she practically stumbled into founding The Faire Equestrian, creating custom ringside totes and apparel for equestrians. Instead, she begins with faith,
By Britney Grover Shelly Watts’ mother had never seen a horse when she agreed to sign Shelly up for riding lessons, but that wasn’t a problem. When Shelly began riding again with her daughter after a 20-year break, Shelly didn’t see any equestrians of color in magazines or featured as models on clothing websites
By Cheyenne Lord Portraits by Melissa Fuller Many equestrians have had a passion for horses from a young age, and Nicolette “Niki” Hirt is no different. Growing up in Alamo, California, she first interacted with horses at 5 years old when her father took her and her sister to a Western pleasure and retiree
Tuesday, August 22 2023 by Elliette Baker
By Laura Scaletti Portraits by Isabel J. Kurek It’s been said luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Jacob Pope has been very lucky. Throughout his life, Jacob has been open to and ready for every opportunity that’s come his way. To outside observers, Jacob seemingly burst onto the scene to win the
Friday, August 18 2023 by Elliette Baker
By Britney Grover Portraits by Lindsey Long Montana Coady’s life has always seemed destined to have horses in it. As a fourth-generation horsewoman, she grew up with horses, began competing at 4 and has worked with industry greats in her home area of Southern California. Her career path, however, has not always been so
By Tafra Donberger Portraits by Susan McClafferty When Sandra Beaulieu was a child, her daycare went on a day trip to a local farm. Seeing a horse cantering up the driveway of the farm was enough for Sandra to insist on returning. Now, Sandra is accomplished in training and dressage, and she’s even published a
By Lila Gendal Portraits and Styling by Shawna Whitty What happens when a tearful and fearful 4-year-old girl’s first pony is also 4 years old and so naughty she’s nicknamed Satan? A recipe for disaster would be a solid prediction, though in Caitlyn Connors’ case, the answer is that a brave, capable athlete was created—eventually.
By Tafra Donberger Portraits and Styling by Tracy Kujawa Ava Paige’s family has a saying: If you’re fearful, you’re not faithful; if you’re faithful, you’re not fearful. It’s a slogan that has helped Ava hold fast to her faith, her family and her friends through everything she’s encountered during her 18 short years on earth.
By Laura Scaletti Portraits and Styling by Shawna Whitty American fashion designer Tom Ford once said, “The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.” Autumn Janesky’s journey in both the equestrian and design worlds is a testament to the power of connections she’s made along the way. In January 2023,