Meet Reid Patton

1. Where do you live? Nashville, TN

2. How long have you been riding? I have been riding since third grade, and I am now a
    senior in high school!

3. What are your horses names? Lennon, Sincere, Acortaire, Tissem, Twisther, Von Dutch,       
    Bonita, and Salinger.

4. Where do you ride and who is your trainer? My ‘home base’ situation is very   
    complicated. I train with Tom Wright and Hayley Barnhill in the Hunters and Equitation, 
    and I train with Cara and Donald Cheska in the jumpers. 

5. What division do you show in? I show in the older large junior Hunters, the Equitation, 
    and the high and low junior Jumpers.

6. What is your favorite horse show and why? My favorite shows are definitely WEF 
     because I can show all of my horses, the weather is awesome, and I get to see my best 
     friend Chloe Reid every weekend (because I stay at her house). 

7. What are your horses favorite treats? My favorite horse treats are the Paddock cakes 
     with the gummy frogs or the s’mores. I am not sure if the horses like the s’mores ones, 
      but I think they are so cute that I feed them to my horses anyways.                  
  
8. How many days a week do you train? My training really depends on my schoolwork and 
    the location of my horses. I can train 0-5 days a week depending on the situation.

9. What are your other hobbies? I love anything to do with leadership and service, and so I 
    am president of some service clubs at school as well as the student council secretary.
    I also love fashion, and so online shopping is my addiction. Chloe Reid will tell you that 
    even though I have zero skill at singing or dancing, I love to do both!

10. What riders inspire you? I am inspired by Reed Kessler because of how much she has
      accomplished at such a young age and Ben Maher because he is such an effective      
      rider and has a beatiful position.

11. Who are your favorite fashion designers? My favorite designers are probably Alexander 
       Wang and Helmut Lang because they are so innovative with design shape and 
       material. I also love Azzedine Alaia and Pheobe Philo.

12. Where do you like to shop? I shop a lot in the summer when I am in Nantucket at Milly 
      and Grace and a store called Gypsy. When I am not in Nantucket, I am constantly 
      shopping online at Shopbop, Rebecca Taylor, Rag and Bone, AG, Tibi, Helmut Lang, 
      Intermix, and the list goes on!
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Meet Sunnie Heers…

Zola’s Post wants to introduce Sunnie who has a online blog called Modern Girl Nutrition. It is a healthy living blog and most of her recipes are vegetarian. I’ve been following her for about a month and she has the best ideas for healthy treats. Her other passion is horseback riding, writing, photography, cooking, and sharing her recipes which is why her blog is fun to follow. I hope we can meet each other one day!!! She inspires me to eat healthy…Make sure you check out all of her cool recipes. 

1. Where do you live? Las Vegas, Nevada

2. How long have you been riding? 13 Years

3. What are your ponies names? I ride and show two medium ponies their names are Lego and Buddy and they are awesome!

4. Where do you ride and who is your trainer? My dressage trainer is Charlotte Nielson of Cooper Ranch. My Hunter Jumper trainer is Judy Nielson of Aspen Hill Farm.

5. What division do you show in? I show Second and Third Level Dressage on Lego, and Training level on our new guy Buddy. Last year I competed in the medium greens at USEF Pony Finals as well as the USEF Pony Medal Final. In the past I’ve shown in Jumpers, Hunters, Equitaion, and Three Day Eventing! They’re all so different. I’ve always loved the adrenaline of eventing and jumpers, but have come to love the Dressage and Hunters, too! Switching between the disciplines can be tricky, but I love the variety!

6. What is your favorite horse show and why? USEF Pony Finals is my favorite horse show . The amazing venue, the atmosphere, the golf cart parade and other fun activities, and the huge arena make it amazing. I’ve been blessed to have been able to compete in 2009 on a small green and 2012 on Lego. I also went in 2010 to watch a friend! Last year, we drove from Las Vegas to Lexington, KY with Lego! It was quite the road trip!

7. What are your ponies favorite treats? The ponies love watermelon, peppermints, and bananas. They are pretty much vacuums and eat anything!

8. How many days a week do you train? I ride the ponies 6 days a week, and they get Sunday to lounge and sunbathe.

9. Any other hobbies? I love photography, painting, blogging, long distance running, fashion, and writing.

10. What riders inspire you? There are too many to list! Lille Keenan has always been an inspiration, as well as Reed Kessler! I also think McLain Ward and John French are fantastic riders. And of course my trainer, Charlotte!

11. Who is your favorite designer? Valentino

12. Where do you shop? Abercrombie and Fitch, H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and definitely my sister’s closet. 
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Meet Connelly Grant…

1. Where do you live? Macon, GA

2. How long have you been riding? I’ve been riding since I was 6 years old.

3. What is the name of your horse? Saltwood Samurai

4. Where do you ride and who is your trainer? I ride at Bella Cavalla Farm and Nancy Seyfried is my trainer.

5. What division do you show in? I show in the medium ponies.

6. What is your favorite horse show and why? I love Pony Finals because the grounds are so big and there is a lot of stuff to do. Also, I love seeing my friends.

7. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Sour Patch Kids…

8. How many days a week do you train? 4 days at the most.

9. Any other hobbies? I love photography.

10. What riders inspire you? Reed Kessler and Susie Fried

11. Where do you like to shop? The Gap


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Meet Claudia Styslinger…

Congratulations to Claudia and Eloise for winning Horse of The Year for Older Small Junior Hunter…

1. Where do you live?
Birmingham, Al

2. How long have you been riding? I started riding at age 6. 

3. What are your horses names? My horses names are Eloise, Cher, and Lux. Their show names are Eloise, K.T. Cher, and Uluxion.

4. Where do you ride and who is your trainer? I ride at Foxlake Farm and my trainers are Allison Black, Mark Tompkins, and Tim Maddrix.

5. What division do you show in? I show in the Junior Hunters and the Low Junior Jumpers.

6. What is your favorite horse show? My favorite horse show is Devon because of the atmosphere and my horse, Eloise, loves it there. 

7. What are your horses favorite treat? I would say peppermints are my horses favorite treats.

8. How many days a week do you train? I normally train 3-4 days a week.

9. Any other hobbies? My other hobbies are photography and traveling.

10. What riders inspire you? I would say McLain Ward and Beezie Madden are my two favorite riders.

11. Who is your favorite designer? Prada

12. Where do you like to shop?  I like to shop at Neiman Marcus and Saks.
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Meet Kaitlin Hartford…


1. Where do you live? I live in Callahan, FL

2. How long have you been riding? I have been riding for 11 years.

3. What are your horses names? I have Fly By, Joules, and Lilly.

4. Where do you ride and who is your trainer? I ride at my barn which is called Phropdity Farms and my mom Jessie Hartford is my trainer.

5. What division do you show in? I currently show 2’9 jumpers on all horses and Beginner Novice eventing. Eventing is different from being in the hunter ring because the hunter horses have to do one thing. In eventing we first have to do dressage, then we go to grueling cross-country, and then they have to come back to jump the stadium course.

6. What is your favorite horse show and why? I really enjoy watching Rolex Kentucky 3-Day event because all the Olympic horses and riders are there.

7. What is your horses favorite treat? Lilly loves anything she can get her mouth on. I just found out that Fly loves blackberries and Joules loves bakery items.

8. How many days a week do you train? I train everyday because I have three different horses. I am home schooled which means I can ride 2-3 per day.

9. Any other hobbies? I play soccer and run track.

10. What riders inspire you? I really like Lynn Symansky as well as Reed Kessler.
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