Dress for Show - Ridgefield
In honor of the American Gold Cup, scheduled to kick off at 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 North Salem 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 (as well as hundreds of horses) to the historic training and boarding facility for five days of show jumping. Planning to attend? Here’s a wardrobe shopping guide.
THE COMPETITOR Nina Pola, whose family owns the Ridgefield Equestrian Center, has been riding horses since before she could walk. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she rode for the five-time national champion Bulldogs. Nina is wearing Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter breeches from Beval (North Salem), Tredstep shirt and Techlite jumper coat from the Horse Connection (Bedford); jewelry from Femmegems/Sparkle Design Studio; and her own boots.
YOUNG HOPEFUL A Marshall & Sterling national champion, Sara McCloskey has been riding since the age of six. A high-school freshman, she trains with her horse, Austin, at Larkspur Farm in Wilton. She is wearing Pikeur Ciara breeches and a gray Pikeur competition shirt from the Horse Connection (Bedford); a geometric-patterned cloth belt 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. Pillow from Beval
THE STABLE OWNER Hunter Harrison owns Ridgefield’s 87-acre Double H Farm (and a sister facility in Wellington, Florida), where his family raises and trains show jumpers and hunters. In 2005, the Harrisons transformed Double H, Ridgefield’s oldest working farm, from a dairy producer to a world-class equestrian facility. The CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, 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.
RIDING ENTHUSIAST Formerly a competitive equestrian, Ridgefielder Caroll Bancel is now an active trail rider. A mother of two, she keeps her Icelandic horses locally. Here, 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); Hunter boots from Shoes ‘n More (New Canaan); gold earrings from Olley Court (Ridgefield); and bracelet and necklace from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio.
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); a VNK Designs scarf from Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs (Ridgefield); earrings, necklace, and bracelet from Femmegems/ Sparklers Design Studio; ring from Adam Broderick (Ridgefield), and a mini bit belt from Turkey Ridge (Ridgefield).