​​    Welcome to our annual Faces of Dressage issue highlighting some of the top dressage competitors in the world, who are back in Wellington this winter for the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. This month features an overview of the AGDF, including a look at the beautiful sport of dressage from the spectators’ point of view. On the cover, we feature dressage lover, author and well-known political spouse Ann Romney, for whom horses became a lifesaver. She tells Wellington The Magazine how the unique challenges of dressage elevate her spirits and make her happy.​

     Love of horses brings together the Dutta family, which is well-known in the equestrian world. Learn more this month about what horses mean to their fam-ily as we profile top dressage rider Susie Dutta and polo players Tim and Timmy Dutta. While the family business is transporting horses through the Dutta Corp., working with and training horses is a passion for the family. Other features on an equestrian theme include a look at the new Tota Comfort System. In less than a year, the nosebands and bridles designed by Charles Tota of Welling-ton’s Dressage Connection have revolutionized tack that has been in use for thousands of years. We also profile Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, visit the Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program for young dressage riders and take a look at the fashions available at Equis Boutique, which recently expanded into the dressage market.

     Also this issue, Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 recently awarded grants at a special entrepreneurship event hosted by the Young Professionals of Wellington. Oceana Coffee wowed a four-judge panel to win the grant money, while HNM Menswear won the people’s choice award. Meanwhile,  Ultima Fitness & Well-ness, arm-in-arm with the Village of Wellington, is providing extensive opportunities to get up and get active during the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Let’s Move” campaign this month. Learn more about how you can take part, then lace up your sneakers and get out there! Finally, be sure to check our profile of vintage car lover Scott Levinsohn, who turned his passion into his profession.

     Wellington Designer brings us to the award-winning Floor Specialists team of Cathy and Tom Ferris. Serving residents of the western communities for more than two decades, Floor Specialists recently opened a new showroom in Wellington. We continue our Wellington Sports series with a profile of 9-year-old Ari Pike. A bundle of boundless energy, she is a tumbling machine with a plethora of trophies to prove it. Wellington Real Estate catches up with Monica Hoffman and Neolfi Hentze of Heritage International Realty, while Wellington Health visits Bella Vida Family Practice. Wellington Home checks out an amazing abode in the Aero Club, and wrapping up this month, Wellington Table stops by Pasquale’s Pizza, where they serve up authentic New York-style Italian cuisine.

     As we salute another wonderful dressage season, we thank all of our community partners, ​advertisers and staff, who make each season more exciting than the year before.

​​​​Join Us As We Celebrate The Beautiful Sport Of Dressage

​​Dawn Rivera

​​​​Dawn Rivera, Publisher

​​​executive editor
Joshua I. Manning

Dawn Rivera

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Stephanie Rodriguez

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Nancy Pobiak

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