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.”
By Jan Westmark - Kat Fuqua was destined to be a rider. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, with grand prix dressage parents and a barn filled with talented horses, Kat started her riding career when she was only 1 year old. “My mom and dad got me miniature ponies and after that I just kept on riding,” she said. Now 12 years old, Kat has reached a level of accomplishment in her riding that keeps her in the winner’s circle, all while traversing the world of middle school. At the 2019 Pony Finals, Kat and Prestige, her 8-year-old Belgian Riding Pony, captured the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals. Not only is she a pony wonder-kid, Kat has also moved into the equitation and junior hunter rings with trainer Jimmy Torano. Sidelines had a chance to catch up with Kat at her Collecting Gaits Farm outside of Atlanta to find out more about her ponies, her horses and her life.
By Jan Westmark Melanie Smith Taylor is well known in the equestrian world for her legendary partnership with Calypso, for her team gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and for being one of only two riders to win the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. Despite all of her accomplishments in the saddle,
By Jan Westmark If Hollywood made a movie about Olympic show jumper Margie Goldstein Engle — known in the horse show world as Marvelous Margie — the movie would feature a courageous small-in-stature rider from a non-horse family with a daredevil attitude and a great sense of humor who would grow up to become one
Pam Stone Actress, comedian and dressage rider Pam Stone gets two hooves up from her horse, Forrest, on her debut novel “Girls Like Her,” a family drama set in Asheville, North Carolina, and the adjacent foothills. Already receiving strongly positive reviews, Pam’s novel is available in book stores and on amazon.com. Sidelines magazine Editor Jan Westmark gave
By Jan Westmark I’m always up for a good riding adventure and I love the Winston Churchill quote: “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” I know this famous line rings true for many horse people. My latest riding adventure took me to Idaho. I’ll be the first to admit
By Jan Westmark Jumping to the top of the eventing world is no easy feat but William Fox-Pitt, who won last year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and is featured on our cover, manages to make it look easy. He had a stellar 2014 and ended the year ranked number one in the FEI World Eventing
By Jan Westmark Sidelines Magazine has Derby fever right now!! This Saturday is the 2015 Kentucky Derby and today the movie “50 To 1” was released – the inspiring true story of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. (and for anyone who is a Kaniac, the movie stars Christian Kane!) Here’s the scoop on the movie: A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite