For the first time ever the Longines Masters Series, one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, is coming to New York and Douglas Elliman is proud to sponsor the inaugural event.
As part of the fun, Elliman Insider caught up with one of the sport’s most noted riders, fashion designer and socialite Ariana Rockefeller, to get her take on the Masters Series making its New York debut, the hand bag she designed specially for this event and her thoughts on the ideal home.
Q&A with Ariana Rockefeller
Elliman Insider: As a New Yorker why was it important for you to see the Longines Masters Series come here to your home state?
Ariana Rockefeller: It is important to support both the show jumping sport and the great state of New York that my family has been dedicated to for generations.
EI: When did you fall in love with horses? How long have you been a competitive rider?
AR: I don’t remember a time when I did not have horses in my life, or a love for them. I competed through high school and then stopped when I went to college. I returned to full time training and competition about 5 years ago.
EI: What are your horses’ names? How did you decide on them?
AR: My horses names are Out of Beag, Riosco and Chaccadella. They all came with their registered names which are given at birth usually by the breeder. But I have nicknames or ‘barn names’ for them of course which are Stu, Joey and Della.
EI: Do you think you’ll take home a prize at Longines?
AR: Of course this is always the goal, to do our best. To win. But I always take things moment by moment with my horses. I put their welfare above winning.
EI: In addition to being a rider you’re also a fashion designer. You designed a special bag for this Longines Masters event in New York. Tell us a little about it.
AR: The Ariana Rockefeller for Longines Masters of New York is a classic saddlebag in two color ways, grey to represent Longines and New York style, and a classic beige tone inspired by my saddle and tack. It fuses my worlds of New York City and stable style.
EI: Speaking of New York City, you live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend in your neighborhood?
AR: I like to get a coffee from Sant Ambroeus and stroll in the park if it’s a nice day.
EI: You also spend a lot of time in Wellington, FL. What makes that area of Florida the perfect home for equestrians?
AR: I would say the proximity to equestrian events, the horse farms and also the international hub of Palm Beach make Wellington ideal for horse enthusiasts.
EI: What would be your dream home?
AR: I am quite happy with my current residence. We’re on the road so much in Europe for horse shows that I’m not home much. When I do have time off, I love being at our home in Maine with my family.