English English Events Fashion Horse Happenings

2015 Iroquois Shoppes Offer Local, Equestrian-themed Goods on Race Day

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 28, 2015 – Race goers of the 74th Iroquois Steeplechase will have the opportunity to shop local and equestrian-themed goods at the Iroquois Shoppes, a pop-up, centralized marketplace on the Steeplechase grounds on race day.

English Fashion Horse Happenings

6th Annual “Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” Continues with a Chapeau Inspired by Williamstown


The online fashion auction, “Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”, continues today with a fifth handcrafted Derby chapeau on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.

 This new hat was inspired by Old Friends retiree Williamstown­, the 25-year-old son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew who has been pensioned at Old Friends since 2007. A graded stakes winner, Williamstown captured the Withers Stakes at Belmont Park in 1993 and marked one of the fastest miles in the history of the oval.

For the Old Friends campaign, the beautiful chapeau is modeled in accompanying photos and behind-the-scenes video by leading jockey Rosie Napravnik along with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Old Friends has joined with acclaimed milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of the Massachusetts-based Maggie Mae Designs® to auction off six exclusive Derby hats between November and April, each inspired by one of the non-profit organization’s 150 retired racehorses.
Bidding on “The Williamstown” ends at 8 pm on February 11th.  Interested bidders can go to the Old Friends website at and follow the link.
A wide-brim hat made of rich dupioni silk and various layers of organza, The Williamstown is adorned with the colors of his former racing stable: three yellow rose curls spill down along the hat’s 22-inch brim, each nesting in a medley of textured plum organza leaves.
For a final touch, eight long and curvaceous silk “feathers” are set behind each rose in such a way as to gently frame the wearer’s face.


As always, strand of the stallion’s tail hair have been braided and woven into the trim for a physical remembrance.
For more information and additional photos of the hat please visit   For a behind-the-scenes video of Napravnik’s and Sharp’s photo shoot please visit

For additional information contact Maggie Mae Designs® at

For more information about Old Friends see their website at or call the farm at (502) 863-1775.

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions – from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Every hat is carefully handcrafted by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann from her home base in South Harwich, MA. Salons of her fashions can been seen on her website

 PHOTO CAPTIONS Rosie Napravnik and Joe Sharp with Williamstown.  Rosie models the Williamstown hat. Dress by Bella Rose Boutique, photo © and courtesy of EquiSport Photos

English English Events Fashion Horse Happenings

Kelli Cruciotti Claims Victory in Equine Couture/TuffRider Sponsored $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix


Wellington, FL – January 20, 2015 – The Equine Couture and TuffRider brands are known for their fashion forward, high-performance products ideal for young riders, so when the opportunity to sponsor Sunday morning’s $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix was presented it came as the perfect fit.

 (photo below:Kelli Cruciotti accepts the time honor and prize money, as well as a $500 Equine Couture and TuffRider gift certificate)

Equine Couture and TuffRider have previously sponsored the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), and brand owners Timmy and Laurie Sharma knew that they wanted to return in support of the circuit and the sport’s up-and-coming talent in 2015.

“We really loved and enjoyed every second of being a part of [WEF], and we really wanted to get involved with the circuit again this year,” Laurie said. “We are so excited especially to be a part of a grand prix with young riders like this. It’s just amazing for us to be a part of something with such talented riders. This is the equestrian capital of the world, so this is just a pure honor.”

Riding away with the winning honor in Sunday’s class, as well as a $500 Equine Couture and TuffRider gift certificate to be redeemed at Tack N Rider, was 17-year-old Kelli Cruciotti. She bested a 68-horse field and an 18-horse jump off before clinching the victory aboard Serenity Equestrian Venture’s Chamonix H.

                                                    (photo below: Kelli Cruciotti leads the victory gallop)
“It’s all because of sponsors like TuffRider and Equine Couture that we can do all this – that we can have the best prize money,” Cruciotti said. “It’s wonderful.”


Second place finisher Nicole Bellissimo echoed Cruciotti’s sentiments. “It’s a fantastic series,” she said. “Thank you to Artisan Farms and to TuffRider and Equine Couture for doing it because it’s really fantastic.”

Bellissimo claimed her second place spot aboard Bellissimo LLC’s VDL Bellefleur, while third place went to Sydney Shulman and her brand new mount Venice.
(photo below: Lucy Deslauriers and Hester clear the Equine Couture/TuffRider fence set in the center of the course)


All three young riders exemplify the incredible pool of young talent currently competing at WEF and the bright future of the equestrian sport – a future that the Sharmas and Equine Couture and TuffRider feel strongly about supporting.

In addition to the support of Sunday’s class, Equine Couture and TuffRider will be extending brand ambassadorship positions to some of the series top performing young riders.

(photo below: Laurie and Timmy Sharma of Equine Couture and TuffRider with the top three finishers, Nicole Bellissimo, Kelli Cruciotti and Sydney Shulman)

“We’ll be selecting from the winners of the series,” Timmy said. “We look forward to getting product input and ideas from the young riders on how we can improve our products, and

 some of new things that we need to be doing.”

Click here for complete results from the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Equine Couture and TuffRider. For more information on the brands and to browse all products, visit

Bars & Honky Tonks English English Events Fashion Food & Wine Horse Happenings Restaurants Wine & Drinks

The Grille Fashion Cuisine to Host American Equestrians Got Talent Auditions Starting Jan. 7

Wellington, FL – January 2, 2015 – The Grille Fashion Cuisine, one of Wellington’s finest restaurants, will play host to all nine auditions for American Equestrians Got Talent, the new competition making its debut in Wellington in 2015. Juan Gando, The Grille’s owner and manager, has stepped up to support the exciting contest organized by Robert Dover to raise funds for USEF High Performance Dressage programs through the USET Foundation.
English Fashion Horse Happenings

U.S. Sends Seven Combinations to Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*

Pau, France – Seven talented U.S. horse-and-rider combinations are ready to compete in Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*. Taking place October 23-27 in Pau, France, an elite field of 75 is ready to take on the challenging CCI4*. With all horses passing the first horse inspection, 11 nations will be represented on the first leg of the 2013/2014 FEI Classics™.

English Fashion Horse Happenings

A Shopper’s Paradise at The American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

North Salem, NY – September 11, 2013 – The 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W at Old Salem Farm  in North Salem, NY, Sept. 11-15, will provide exhibitors and spectators with a unique shopping experience by bringing together the top brands

Charities English English Events Fashion Horse Happenings


STABLES & SILKS DERBY DAY PARTY…..With a new name and new venue, Williamson County’s premier Kentucky Derby party is off to a flying start. Soroptimist International of Franklin is promising their racing-themed benefit, Stables & Silks, will be even bigger and more exciting this year. 

English Fashion Horse Happenings

New JustWorld Merchandise Combines Fashion, Function and Philanthropy

Wellington, FL – March 22, 2013 – Pilla Sport performance eyewear couples attractive eyewear with high functionality and durability to aid in athletes’ performance, and now in conjunction with JustWorld International, the JustWorld Liberty model will also aid an important cause. The co-branding of the Pilla Sport JustWorld Liberty performance eyewear will assist in raising much-needed funds for the non-profit organization in their global efforts to reduce poverty through nutrition, health, education, leadership and cultural development programs in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.

English Fashion Horse Happenings

Lorrie Browne Interiors Brings Eco-Friendly Design to Wellington Clients

Wellington, FL – March 21, 2013 – Lorrie Browne, a Florida licensed interior designer, is also a Green Residential Expert specializing in design projects that bring energy-efficient, healthy and accessible elements together to produce stylish and livable interiors for her clients.

“People who care deeply about animals naturally have concern for the environment, so it’s been a perfect fit for our equestrian clients,” said Browne.

English Fashion Horse Happenings

The Battle for Hermès

WSJ.’s exclusive tour of the back rooms and ateliers of the celebrated French fashion house illustrates why Hermès is the coveted jewel that LVMH’s Bernard Arnault wants for his crown.


Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the creative director of Hermès, is sitting in his office at the company’s 131-year-old seat on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, talking about what it’s like to run the most respected major luxury brand in the world. “My job,” says the lean, formal 44-year-old and sixth-generation descendant of the company’s founder, “is to keep the strong creativity of Hermès alive. To nourish the rigor and the vision . . . to make these values vibrate.”