Karen Kelley The Carolinas Equestrian “I have horses in my blood and gratefully I don't remember a time in my life without them in it,” begins Karen Kelley of Silver Hill Farm in Waxhaw, NC. Karen was born into a horse family in Weston, Connecticut, with her father as well as her uncle working as hunter/jumper professionals. “Additionally, my father owned an insurance agency. He was one of the first to insure horses in the US as previously it could only be done through Lloyds of London.”

Believe it or not, the first horse Karen rode was the famous ‘Snowman.’

Mark Bagdley The Carolinas Equestrian 01 “I see myself retiring in Aiken, SC,” begins Mark Badgley, partner of fashion’s dynamic duo Badgely Mischka. “While I’ve only been there once I love everything about it and what it stands for.” I must admit I was surprised to learn of Mark’s interest in the Carolinas, particularly since he recently moved to Beverly Hills, California, to be closer to family and his business parent company. I bet you’re wondering even more so should paths between Mark and myself even be crossing?!

Lindsay Maxwell The Carolinas Equestrian 01 “Be kind; be gracious,” begins equestrian and philanthropist Lindsay Maxwell of Aiken, South Carolina.  “Always remember and appreciate those who make the competitions possible, from your trainer and grooms to the in-gate staff, jump crew and show management.  A few benevolent words with these incredibly busy and hard-working people go a long way.  This translates to all facets of life – take time to notice, acknowledge and appreciate those around you.”