Dress for Show - Bedford
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In honor of the American Gold Cup, scheduled to kick off at North Salem’s Old Salem Farm on September 11, we invited local equine enthusiasts to model locally sold fall fashions at the 120 acre, state-of-the-art venue. The competition, one of the most prestigious equestrian sporting events in the world of international show jumping, will bring thousands of athletes, horse owners, young riding hopefuls, and spectators. to the historic training and boarding facility for five days of show jumping and fanfare. Planning to attend? Here’s your wardrobe shopping guide.
THE YOUNG HOPEFUL A Marshall & Sterling national champion, Pound Ridge’s Sara McCloskey has been riding since the age of six. She is a freshman at Fox Lane High School and trains with her horse, Austin, at Larkspur Farm in Wilton. She is wearing Pikeur Ciara britches and a gray Pikeur competition shirt from the Horse Connection (Bedford); a geometric-patterned cloth belt, by Oliver Green (Norwalk), and Parlanti boots from Beval (North Salem); black leather bit cuff bracelet from Turkey Ridge (Ridgefield) and gemstone and gold rings from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio (Pound Ridge).
THE ENTHUSIAST A busy Bedford mother of three, equestrian, and volunteer for the Friends of John Jay Homestead, Suzanne Galli has a small horse farm on Succabone Road. She is wearing animal print denim pants, a silk charmeuse blouse, and a quilted vest, all from W by Worth (available from Kathleen Usherwood, Pound Ridge); camisole by Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs (Ridgefield); and Fry boots from Shoes ‘n More (New Canaan); Rebecca Ray’s MaryAnne bag from Beval (North Salem); and jewelry from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio (Pound Ridge).
THE STABLE OWNER Hunter Harrison, one of the top sponsors of the American Gold Cup, owns the 87-acre Double H Farm in Ridgefield (as well as its sister facility in Wellington, Florida), where his family raises and trains show jumpers and hunters. In 2005, the Harrisons transformed Double H from a dairy producer to a world-class equestrian facility. Hunter is wearing a silk and cashmere scarf by Loro Piana; shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna; reversible vest by Loro Piana; and Roadster pullover sweater by Loro Piana, all available at Mitchells (Westport); and his own boots and jeans.
THE ORGANIZER Formerly a competitive equestrian, Caroll Bancel is now an active trail rider and Vice President of the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. A mother of two, she keeps her Icelandic horse at Buxton Pond Farm in Bedford. Caroll is wearing a Splendid top and camisole from Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs(Ridgefield); white flannel denim pants from W by Worth (available from Kathleen Usherwood, Pound Ridge); Hunter boots from Shoes ‘n More (New Canaan); gold earrings from Olley Court (Ridgefield); and bracelet and necklace from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio (Pound Ridge).
THE TRAINER Dressage trainer and award-winning FEI competitor, Lisa-Claire Sigal operates Green & Gray Dressage LLC in North Salem. A mother of two, she has been riding since the age of six. She is wearing a cowl-neck tunic and black paisley jacquard pants from W by Worth (available from Kathleen Usherwood, Pound Ridge); a VNK Designs scarf from Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs (Ridgefield); earrings, necklace, and bracelet from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio (Pound Ridge); ring from Adam Broderick (Ridgefield), and a mini bit belt from Turkey Ridge (Ridgefield).