By Laura Scaletti Portraits by Melissa Fuller Growing up, Zayna Rizvi put fashion ahead of function when it came to her riding attire. “I would only ride my first pony, Buttons, in a princess outfit. I refused to wear regular riding clothes and only wanted to ride in my tutu,” she said. The 2021
By Juliana Chapman Portraits by Kirsten Hannah “There is no quick fix when it comes to horses,” said Samantha Wolfram, a 22-year-old equestrian professional. “You can’t flip a switch and the horse comes out broke and is easy to ride.” For most equestrians, this statement is a testament to the grit and reality of
Story and Portraits by Jennifer DeMaro Picture a suburban neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a large yard, a miniature barn with fencing and a miniature horse named Little River in it. Cedar Potts-Warner grew up living every young girl’s dream of having her own pony in her backyard. Cedar’s mom worked tirelessly to obtain
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By Veronica Green-Gott Portraits by Shelly Carter Jordan Melfi exemplifies the meaning of perseverance. Once shamed for his love of horses, Jordan never gave up on riding and is now traveling the East Coast building a reputation for having a positive attitude and working hard to create a career for himself alongside his four-legged
By Veronica Green-Gott Portraits by Melissa Fuller Olivia Williams, who started her riding career in a town with a population of less than 200 people, has now competed at some of the top equestrian destinations all over the country. A sophomore in college, she grew up in San Francisco where she spent the majority
By Britney Grover Cheryl White was just 17 years old in 1971 when she became the first female Black jockey in history—but you’ve probably never heard of her. Her brother Raymond White Jr. is on a mission to write Cheryl, who passed away in 2019, back into history, where this barrier-breaking pioneer belongs. She
By Shya Beth Art is created to explore, document and describe time, emotion, connection and history. While there are artists who are painters or sculptors, there are also artists who are storytellers, first and foremost. That is decisively where photographer Kisa Kavass lands, with each photograph a visual sculpture of light and shadow. Kisa’s work
By Amber Heintzberger Portraits by Alex Scribner Balancing school and riding has become a fact of life for Cassie Sanger. As the 18-year-old from Lakeville, Connecticut, looks forward to starting college in Richmond, Virginia, this fall, she seems unfazed by the balancing act necessary to keep her two upper-level event horses in training and competing.
By Laura Scaletti Portraits by Melissa Fuller Beatrice de Lavalette lives by the motto, “No matter what happens to you, you decide your future.” On March 22, 2016, Beatrice’s life changed in an instant when she was standing just a few feet away from a suicide bomber at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium.
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By Laurie Berglie Portraits by Carolyn Rikje Susan Friedland has worn many hats—history teacher, blogger, horse book author—but her favorite hat is probably her riding helmet. Since 2013 her passion has led her to sharing her equestrian knowledge with a global audience through her blog, Saddle Seeks Horse. It’s where her followers can find product