By Jan Westmark. Olympic show jumper Nona Garson has competed all over the world, but her career with horses began on the farm she still calls home. Nona owns and operates The Ridge in Florida and New Jersey, and moved to The Ridge Farm in New Jersey when she was 5. On her 6th birthday, Nona got a Shetland Pony named Maple Sugar.
Tuesday, March 03 2020 by Editor
By Britney Grover Storybook Farm is well-named: Visiting is like walking into a fairytale. But the farm is much more than just a feel-good story. Thousands of children have had their lives enriched and their futures brightened by taking the Storybook journey — children struggling with anything from bereavement or terminal illness to all manner
By Shya Beth - Weatherly Stroh weaves together different parts of her life through her paintings, intertwining a piece of her spirit along with the animal she’s portraying. Giving life to her subjects through her paintbrush or sculpting clay, Weatherly has found herself in the “pony mad” Village of Wellington, one of the most equine-centric locations in the world. With so many high-class farms — from polo fields to show jumping and dressage rings — this is an equine artist’s dream location, and Weatherly’s home.
By Britney Grover. Portraits by Kristie Nichols - Bryn Sadler is a talented 25-year-old amateur showjumper from Ocala, Florida, who is about to finish college — but that’s about as far as “typical” goes for Bryn.
Monday, February 10 2020 by Editor
By Britney Grover, Portraits by Kristin Lee - When Jaime Krupnick Geffen does something, she’s all in — whether it’s riding, raising a family, growing her business or reclaiming her health. Though she grew up showing and competing, she put horses on hold, knowing she couldn’t give them her all while she developed her career and started her family.
By Jan Westmark - Jimmy Torano has been part of the horse world his entire life. Growing up in Miami, Florida, he started lead line classes with his mom as his trainer. His last year as a junior, he rode with Don Stewart before going to work for Jane Ebelhare as a rider and trainer at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. “I got a great start there, riding many different horses and eventually grand prix horses,” Jimmy said. “After working there for several years, I decided to go on my own and start my own business. I went with Jane’s blessing. She gave me a real leg up, and I owe her a lot.”
Wednesday, January 29 2020 by Editor
By Tafra Donberger. Portraits by Adrienne Morella - Lillian Heard hadn’t intended her life to turn out this way — as an eventing professional working her way up the ranks of the five-star roster. Her original adult-life plans included law school, but a twist of fate in horse form led her to the point she is now, and she wouldn’t change a thing.
Monday, January 27 2020 by Editor
By Britney Grover - Located near Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. As a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Center, Fieldstone has long been a leader in the field of therapeutic horsemanship. Their influence reaches thousands of people every year, and now, that influence is expanding.
By Lyssette Williams. Portraits by Kristie Nichols - For grand-prix rider Chenoa McElvain, developing horses to their highest potential is a long-standing family tradition. It all started with her grandparents, Tim and Betty McElvain, who were both avid riders. Betty developed an interest in dressage and after a trip to Europe, Tim and Betty decided to import a Holsteiner stallion and some mares, which would set the McElvain family on a multigenerational journey in New Mexico.
By Britney Grover. Portraits by Melissa Fuller - Sidelines is thrilled to introduce George Williams as our new monthly dressage columnist. George has dedicated his life to dressage as a rider, coach, clinician and volunteer. After beginning his dressage education with Egon von Neindorff in Germany, George followed his mentor, Karl Mikolka, to ride and train with the Tempel Lipizzans for 20 years, including being program director for 13. He then pursued his own competitive goals to ride on a U.S. team and succeeded with Rocher, earning many championships and culminating in fifth place at the 2003 World Cup in Sweden, team bronze at CHIO Aachen in 2005 and USDF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year.