Wednesday, April 2, 2014

To be continued…

To be continued...   Draft Fitch Kiss 2

Let’s face it, there really is no such thing as a perfect goodbye so we’ll just say it directly: after this post, I am going on an indefinite hiatus from Dappled Grey.

Without a doubt, it’s been quite a ride (pun intended)! When it launched 5 years ago, Dappled Grey broke new ground as the first online guide for the equestrian lifestyle. Now, there are all manner of equestrian style blogs and new magazines, many of whom are doing beautiful and inspiring things.

Dappled Grey has completely met and exceeded all the goals and expectations that I set forth at its outset and to you, loyal readers, I offer much gratitude for your support, trust, and encouragement. It has been surreal to connect with fans at all echelons of equestrian sport and industry and beyond fun to create something that readers truly loved and looked forward to – your messages telling me this have always been an absolute joy to read.

As I have said at every step along the way, the positive impact Dappled Grey has had on small, female-led equestrian startups is my most proud accomplishment. There are so many talented and creative horsewomen channeling their passions into successful businesses and you, ladies, are my tribe. It’s been a true pleasure to feature your brands on Dappled Grey.

If you’re a longtime reader, you might notice that Dappled Grey often referred to itself in the “we,” but, in reality, it has been just me. An online publication is a many-headed beast and wrangling it is a non-stop endeavor. During the same time that I developed Dappled Grey, I also backed and trained my beloved horse Fitch, purchased a small farm with my incredible partner Jeff, and, more personally, struggled to become a mother. We are now in the process of adopting, which, in itself, is quite a journey.

Now, the time has come to free up some of the bandwidth that goes into Dappled Grey and write some new chapters of my own story. I will continue to expand my freelance equestrian writing and contract work and am excited to contribute to great projects that aren’t sustained solely by my efforts.

Dappled Grey’s website and social media channels will remain in place and I encourage you to peruse the roughly 900 blog posts I’ve written since 2009. (Yikes!)

Thank you… and goodnight.




Image of Molly and Fitch by Cheval Photos

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our Latest for EQ

Our Latest for EQ   Equestrian Quarterly Spring Issue Cover

It’s that time again! The Spring Issue of Equestrian Quarterly is on the stands (and online, of course) and may we just say that it is the most beautiful and stylish issue yet?! Of course, we’re biased because it also includes our stunning piece on none other than DG-fave Katharine Page.

Read it here!

California-based Grand prix rider Hannah Selleck is an Ariat Athlete and JustWorld Ambassador - she recently jumped out of a plane for the cause - as well as one of the most stylish riders on the circuit. Currently wintering in Florida at WEF, we caught up with Hannah to talk about her style inspiration and what she sees in her travels here and abroad.

Equestrian Style Musings with Hannah Selleck   Ariat Athlete Hannah Selleck

Hannah featured in Ariat's "Know Where You Stand" Campaign | Zach Gold

You’re a regular on both the Thermal and WEF circuits… In terms of the scene at both places, what style differences do you notice between the two?

The style differences I notice in terms of the scene at both the Thermal and WEF circuits is that the Thermal circuit is less formal. An example of this being that riders show in colored breeches other than tan breeches when riding in regular classes (classes other than classics and grand prixs). With more of a casual feel, riders at Thermal seem to show in polo shirts more often and wear their hunt coats less. At WEF, riders are required to wear their hunt coats in the big ring unless they are told that coats are waived for a class.

Do you have a personal style icon? In general? As a rider? Who and why?

My personal style icon would have to be Gisele Bundchen because she is always glamorous in a natural, effortless manner – her hair and make up is never overly done. On the red carpet she shows off her body tastefully without being inappropriate. As a rider I think Edwina Tops-Alexander has great style. I’ve seen her put on a pair of Gucci high top sneakers when she is done showing and has taken off her boots. It’s so cute and hip – I really like the look!

What is your favorite piece of equestrian apparel?

My favorite piece of equestrian apparel is my Ariat Aptos Show Top in white. It keeps me cool while showing in Florida and looks neat in the show ring when it is too hot to show with a hunt coat.

White breeches are a given for an upper level rider. For schooling, what do you prefer?

For schooling, I usually wear navy Olympia breeches and sometimes brown Olympias. I always wear tan breeches in the show ring unless of course it is a grand prix or special class in which case I wear my whites.

Equestrian Style Musings with Hannah Selleck   Hannah Selleck Cleese Vest

Hannah in her Cleese vest, Ariat Triumph Show Coat, Ariat Olympia breeches | Sportfot / Thierry Billet

 If you are mixing designers, what might you mix in with your equestrian wear?

I have a few designer pieces I will mix in with my equestrian wear for example Hermes belt the I’ve had since I was a junior or a cashmere cable knit Ralph Lauren sweater which I like to wear when schooling my horses on a chilly morning. I also have a down vest by Cleese that I will wear over my black Ariat Triumph Show Coat in the ring when I am cold.

Do you mix in equestrian wear when dressing for non-horse related activities?

I rarely mix equestrian wear when dressing for non-horse related activities. One of the only occasions I can think of when I did use an equestrian item for a non-horse related activity was this past December when I attended the Tiger Woods Golf Tournament at Sherwood Country Club and wore a pair of my riding boots. It was a bit of a rainy day and I had ridden earlier that morning so I changed my top, threw on a sweater, and my black Burberry trench coat on top. The black trench coat looked great with the tall black boots and I had many people stop to compliment me on them!


Equestrian Style Musings with Hannah Selleck   Hannah Selleck Bauer

Hannah and Bauer | Sportfot / Thierry Billet

We’re interested in a little more about your style. Quick either/or questions: 

Minimalist or excess?


Effortless or highly composed?


Heels or flats?


Yoga or pilates?

Yoga. (Also see Hannah’s “horseback rider’s ab roll” in Self Magazine.)

Ponies or minis?


Morning person or night owl?

Both… ”

Guilty pleasure?

Cookie dough. (‘Atta, girl!)


Thank you Hannah for taking the time to talk with us. To learn more about Hannah, find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Riding photos courtesy of  Sportfot / Thierry Billet; Ariat “Where You Stand” Campaign photographed by Zach Gold