October 18, 2006


By Marcella Maven

Lately there seems to be a lot of, um, shall we say flattery going around for Sidelines? First thing this month, we hear that of Show Circuit magazine is "On the Circuit" with a column covering the equestrian social scene. Their press release says "With pages of photos featuring close-up portraits of the guests and text that gives the inside scoop on how horsefolk have fun, "On the Circuit" adds to the complete coverage of the equestrian lifestyle that Show Circuit magazine offers." Hmmm. Haven't we been doing that for ages with our Social Scene and Social Sizzle? Looks like Sidelines is setting the standard. And then, mind you, our editor got another release touting the rotation and insurance stories as if they'd never happened on our pages. Marcella knows better, and suggests you just keep on reading here – since we are definitely on the cutting edge!

Like everyone else, Marcella was dashing about Wellie-world trying to stock up for the ‘hurricane.' Needless to say she breathed a sigh of relief when it fizzled to tropical storm strength, and then gave just a little spritzing of rain. But that doesnmean rain wasn't a topic for the whole east coast. The Pony Finals got moved indoors for a while thanks to some torrential rain in Kentucky, and rather than subject guests to the winds and rains of Tropical Storm Ernesto, Der-Dau postponed their Cuban Celebration at Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill, NY. The party was to honor Joseph Der's father's 50 years of making custom boots and shoes by hand.

Umbrella concessions sound pretty good right now . . . 

The first hurdle to overcome at this year's Hampton Classic Horse Sh ow in Bridgehampton was the weather, but once the sunshine arrived, the VIP tent and show grounds were abuzz with riders, socials, celebs and their offspring . . . Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, there to support their daughter Jessica who was showing in the Junior Jumpers, were seen holding hands all around the grounds. The Boss was overheard saying that, "there is absolutely no truth to the rumors that Patti and I have broken up, it is totally unfounded."

North Run trainer Missy Clark and her husband John Brennan were kept ultra busy in the schooling areas preparing Lou Dobbs and wife Debbie's twins Heather and Hillary, as well as Paula Zahn's daughter Haley Cohen, for competition. CBS camera crews were busy catching every moment of the show and even wired Andrew Welles with a camera on his helmet so they could ‘be there' for every hurdle. All this for CBS's annual Hampton Classic one hour special. (Missy warned Andrew that he better not look down, or EVERYONE would know it!!!)

Many proud parents were seen watching from the comfort of the Grand Prix tent, where Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs were creating their own winning dishes including their signature Hampton Classic horse cookies. Grand Prix and Olympic veteran rider Joe Fargis found time away from the horses to stop to chat with Christopher Robbins . Seems they have BOTH been participating in the Hampton Classic, Christopher for the fine fare and Joe for his winning talents in the jumper ring, for nearly a quarter of a century!

Here and there: John Strassburger, former editor of The Chronicle of the Horse, will be the keynote speaker at The Conservation Trust for Florida Fall Fundraiser & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club in Ocala. If you're in the area, make a point to attend. John's not back on the East Coast side of the country too often now that he and his wife, Heather Bailey moved to Healdsburg, California to start Phoenix Enterprises LLC, Marcella hears that John is currently editing the five-book Chronicle Comment Series, collections of the best columns by himself, George Morris, Denny Emerson, Victor Hugo-Vidal, and Anne Gribbons published in the Chronicle. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, call 352-466-1178 or go to

Tina Calhoun reported in that the Southeast (Florida Equestrian Celebration) is going to include two days of top notch show jumping competition. Bill Joyce of Shadow Rock Farm is heading up the Grand Prix gala. Location is the spectacular Jacksonville Equestrian Center and the dates are November 17-19, 2006. For information you can call, 201-410-9919. Looks like its Florida in November!"

Wellie-worlders will be pleased to hear that Pegi Lenzi and Brad Pickle, the new owners of Discount Vet are bringing horse products back to the store as their first order of business!

Robert Dutesco will debut "Horses of Sable Island" at a benefit for the Humane Society of New York at his gallery at 13 Crosby Street in New York City on Wednesday, October 11. Expected to join HSNY President Virginia Chipurnoi and check out the larger than life photographs of the 300 wild horses that live on the island are BeKind founder Frances Hayward, Plum TV host Alison Chase, trainer Jonathan Soresi and supporters Alison Minton, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and his wife Billie, who have a stable full of Friesian horses at home. Fifty percent of all sales at the event will go directly to The Humane Society of NY. For further information go to

On the Move: Kinloch Farm is now Artisan Farms, owned by the family of Caitlin Ziegler . Cookie Beck and Leslie Emerson are the trainers. Leslie and her family will be living onsite to manage the farm, which of course means there will also be a vet onsite in Leslie's husband, Alex Emerson !

Ali Oakley is leaving Wellington Show Stables to start her own business with her boyfriend, Shane . Her loyal pony clients as well as at least one other WSS client will go with her. Apparently the business will operate out of Palm Beach Point East....And, could there be wedding bells in the near future?

The Board of Directors of the National Horse Show Association of America announced today that Mason Phelps, Jr. has been named the Chairman of the Board of the Association. Phelps takes over for Jennifer Oz Leroy who will remain on the Board of Directors. Congratulations, Mason!

Hallie McEvoy is a busy lady, and now more than ever, since she's been ‘promoted' to Chair of the USEF Breeders Committee ( she was Vice-Chair), and Gay Talmey is now the Vice-Chair.

Marcella's pal, Cooky McClung and her husband, Jim, are moving from Chestertown, Maryland, back to horse country in Pennsylvania. Marcella would like to take credit for the move – making Cooky and Jim homesick with our last issue, but alas, the decision had been made before Cooky saw the latest issue! Cooky says she had a grand time on staff at the newspaper and her job over the last two years as legislative aide to their state delegate, but they missed being nearer horse country.

A well known name in the horse world (who's ex wife stood one of the top pony sires for a long time) is spending an awful lot of time with a Wellington farm owner. They are doing dome traveling together; in fact they were said to have most recently taken a trip to Holland to go horse shopping together

Seems Nick Skelton over in Europe is no longer with Laura `85 and someone whispered in Marcella's ear that Alexa Weeks personally accompanied Rodrigo Pessoa to Portugal`85 or is it just wicked gossip?

More to come... Marcella has all the scoop!

Patti Brantley up in Tallahassee says she has an exceptional pinto colt who was born this spring sired by Claim to Fame. His name is Exclamation! "I really look forward to him being on the line in a year or two in Hunter Breeding......he looks like he'll be every bit as gorgeous as his sire, and is marked lovely!" Looks like we'll be seeing spots at Devon again!

Sandra Ashton of Middleton, MA was chosen the winner of the Grand Prix Course Walk with team gold and individual silver medalist Chris Kappler . The course walk will took place prior to the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix on Sunday, September 10, 2006.

Wedding Bells: Beth Reeves - aka- Elizabeth Collyer will now have another new name- Liz Schmidt! (Mike calls her Liz). Mike asked Beth, uh, Liz, to marry him a couple weeks ago, the duo dashed to the altar for a very small ceremony on August 20 in South Carolina.

Bumps and Bruises: Marc Latsko, who has worked on the equestrian show circuit for the last 12 years, sustained a life threatening injury while unloading shavings at the Monmouth County Horse Show. He was hospitalized and in critical care for over a week and was in the hospital for another four days. Marc shattered two ribs, which are broken in four or five spots, so he now has two free floating ribs he's got to recover from, and as well as spleen surgery. Unfortunately, Marc was not carrying health insurance at the time.

"He was hit by a pallet grab going at about 90 miles an hour," said David Orlando . "The pallet grabber is basically 35 pounds of metal. It came back and snapped off the pallet and then hit him in the back."

Please keep him in your thoughts and consider sending a donation to:
Marc Latsko
2808 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910