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.”

Reining The Carolinas Equestrian 18 “Given this facility’s amenities and the potential scope of your audience, I suppose you’re going to reach out to the reining community?”  “Do you plan to submit a bid to host a future World Equestrian Games (WEG)?”  “The indoor arena will be perfectly suited for the reining and vaulting disciplines.”  It’s hard to believe that this initial conversational exchange with Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) managing partner Mark Bellissimo occurred four years ago.  To say a lot has transpired since then is an understatement.