BY: EQUESTRIAN STYLIST
It was a magnificent morning at the beautiful Fairlane Farms in the exquisite upscale equestrian community of Mallet Hill in Wellington, Florida for the preview of the latest Vivace saddle by Hermès. A picture-perfect venue was designed for Hermès riders Caitlyn Connors, Karen Polle, and Lucy Deslauriers to learn and perform with Olympic equestrian, Anne Kursinski on the grass field adorned in beautiful pink bougainvillea florals.
Designed by master saddler Laurent Goblet, the Vivace is the thinnest and flattest of Hermès’ collection of finely crafted calfskin leather saddles. “This new saddle is amazing, and the horses actually use themselves even better in this saddle than many others,” stated Anne Kursinski.
Approximately 20 of us spectators were thoroughly engaged in watching this intimate clinic taught by Anne while she focused on the art of the flatwork, preparing the horses for their jumping session. Karen Polle chose to ride a friend’s horse since her horses took the day off, so it was great getting to see her work a completely new and green horse at a new farm. Caitlyn Connors and Lucy Deslauriers both rode their own mounts for the clinic. Other Hermès riders who were in attendance for the event included Nick Dello Joio, Rodrigo Pessoa, Daniel Bluman, and Ben Asselin.