The Horsey Set
All dressed up and ready to show
Photos by Alix Martinez
Hair & Makeup by Lea Lauren Salon
On location at Wilton Riding Club
SHOW-STOPPER ”I come alive when I ride,” says Nadine Wilf, who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, where horseback riding was second nature to her. “It’s therapeutic for me because you only have one focus—the horse.” Wilf, a former professional chef, is a mom to identical twin boys and works as a volunteer for Empower Energy Design. “My style is elegant, feminine, and romantic,” says the six-year Wilton resident. Wilf, astride Zippy, wears a navy and carob string herringbone-tweed fringe cape in wool and silk by Worth New York, courtesy Stacy Holmén; black M. Rena leggings from B. Chic; and Alberto Fasciani Omega Nero boot from Dover Saddlery.
RIDE ON! In addition to playing varsity volleyball and being in the select orchestra, Kat Aznaran, a Wilton High School senior, rides—a lot. “Riding is unlike any other sport because both horse and rider work together as a team,” she says. “You need to put your trust into a 1,200-pound animal who has a mind of her own.” Aznaran, seen here with her horse, Nikita, wears an ice-gray, butterfly-sleeve poncho, black horsebit knot belt, and black ponte Abigail pants all by Worth New York, via Stacy Holmėn.
BEST IN SHOW “I was basically born on a horse,” says Michelle Hyland, a Realty Seven broker and mom to two girls. Her father was a three-time Olympic showjumper and a racehorse trainer. Hyland has ridden competitively most of her life and recently revisited show-jumping. She describes her personal style as “simple chic with an edge.” Hyland wears a Dylan winter-white reversible faux-fur vest, white Mod-O-Doc tank, Just Black white jeans, pentagon pendant, and beaded bracelets by Nakamol. All fashions from Blue Star Bazaar.
HORSING AROUND Cider Mill fifth-grader Hope Schlageter has been in the saddle since she was five years old. “I love everything about riding and being at the barn,” she says with a smile. “I feel a real friendship with my horse and can’t wait for my next ride.” Pictured here with Sophie, Hope wears a soft-blue denim dirndl skirt by Frenchie and a Vintage Havana blue-plaid flannel shirt, both from AR Kids in Ridgefield.
BARN STORMING College student Jack Healy normally opts for casual clothing but was game to model the latest in equestrian gear—a strong influence in men’s fashion this season. Having spent his early years on horseback in England, Healy easily slipped back into the sartorial saddle. Here, he wears tailored Sportsman TS breeches, an Elite men’s coat in navy herringbone, Essex Classics Talent Yarn show shirt in white, and Ariat Heritage Countour field boots. Healy holds a Circuit Premier CL saddle in dark oakbark while curious mount Levon looks on from his stall. All from Dover Saddlery.
TRAIL RIDE Michelle Hyland leads her thoroughbread, Louie, through a meadow with daughters Chloe, four, in the saddle and Audrey, three, in hand. On Michelle: Just Black indigo denim jeans, Mod-O-Doc gray tank, and Bishop & Young fringe jacket. On Chloe: dark-wash denim pants, chocolate faux-shearling vest, and ribbed Purity tee. On Audrey: Heritage blue leggings, Rialto metalic tunic, and oatmeal Cadenza pointelle cardigan. Children’s clothing by Tea Collection. All fashions from Blue Star Bazaar.