WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Equestrians P H OTO BY K AT H I E D AV E N P O R T; B A C K G R O U N D BY P E T E R G O L D E N In classic riding attire, the Master of Hounds prepares for the chase hunters must be expert riders, equestrian sports offer any number of other options. Economy and pleasure But that's hardly the case today. While the cost of well-buffed saddles, Should you be headed for Sage Farm or any of another dozen board, and feed can be a burden, riding camps for the kids or adult les- "barns" in the area, the sight of your son or daughter posting confi- sons are surprisingly affordable – and more than one experienced dently around a riding ring should inspire the kind of pride that can equestrian in Wellesley or Weston keeps a mount at home for econ- take parenthood into the realm of joy. omy as well as pleasure. And if you ride (or aspire to), might there be even greater rewards in Fact is, there's something special about horse people, wherever they an easy canter along a scenic Weston trail or gallop in hot pursuit of a live – folks like Dottie Morkis from Dover, an Olympic champion and pack of hounds across a Sherborn meadow? (Not to worry, no one the mistress of dressage (the fine art of coaxing horses into doing the hunts real foxes any more; the hounds are trained to the smell of most amazing things based on a set of mandatory exercises she com- licorice laid down by human "drags" equipped with atomizers.) pares to figure skating in its complexity). Or Cookie DeSimone, whose While the pleasures of the day may quicken your pulse, a certain sangfroid is de rigueur on such outings. From your turnout (the way teaching skills and high expectations have so well formed generations of young women riders at Wellesley's Dana Hall School. Then there's Stephanie Baer of Weston, who, with a scarf drawn up you're about to participate in a sport for which rules that govern We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 you dress) to your carriage (the way you ride, not what you ride in), around her neck against the chill of a surprisingly cool spring day, stands equine sports written centuries ago are still very much in force, today. monitoring her students at a jumping trial staged by the Norfolk Hunt Thank the English (whose preference for hunting on horseback is said to have begun with William the Conqueror) for giving the sport a tious steeds, and her skin is burned nut brown from endless days of boost. In 19th-century America, that translated into an elite pastime. 74 Club in Medfield. Her hands are roughened from reining in rambunc- teaching in a lifetime devoted to riding. "I guess I would have done bet-

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