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Dressage Riders of a Certain Age: Interview with Jessica Costello

  Recently, I attended a Dressage show to groom for a couple of my friends.  Being a rider of a “certain age” myself, I noticed how most of the competitors were like me or older.  When I have been to Event shows or Hunter/Jumper shows, it seems like most of the participants are quite young.  What is it about Dressage that attracts mature riders?  It most certainly doesn’t look easier than the other riding sports. I know that some mature riders are also professionals.  At the 2012 Olympics, a 71 year old rider from Japan competed quite respectably at the top level.  For this article, I am most interested in the adult amateurs who started competing in Dressage later in...

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RSE Founder Featured in New York Times

The Social Network That Gets Down to Business Joanna Wiseberg began Red Scarf Equestrian, which makes stylish handbags and other luxury goods for horse lovers, two years ago, just as the economy plunged into recession. Nevertheless, Ms. Wiseberg was soon meeting people who invited her to showcase her goods at elite places like the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and a luxury goods conference in China. Now, she said, Red Scarf Equestrian, based in Toronto, is poised to take off. “My business is a niche within a niche, and I opened at the worst possible time,” Ms. Wiseberg said. “You try and push a ball uphill.” Her tool was LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals that is...

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