Clothing: When I have an excuse to get out of my riding clothes I love to dress up and be a girl.
Sayings: Carl Bouckaert: "Dressage is my weakest strength"; Conrad Schumacher: “Don’t fall of that horse or I will have to KILL YOU!”; Christoph Hess: “No problem when there is a problem”
Photo: Jules with Diggle and Twiggle
Fitness: I ride a lot of horses, enjoy barn work and swim when I can.
Restaurant: I love Thai food.
Hobbies: I enjoy working my computer for a couple of hours every day. I love to swim. My family used to play a mean game of tennis, now we take out our aggression on the croquet field, twice a week, no matter what the weather.
Books: I just read J. Nozipo Maire’s ZenZele which is a heartfelt letter from a mother to her daughter, beautifully written. Recent favorites have been Augustine Burrows Dry, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and Sam Harris's The End of Faith. Currently I’m reading Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us which definitely worth a read.
Superstition: Sci-fi is cool and we may not be alone...
Sponsors: My family is my number one supporter and sponsor. I am also appreciative of the select sponsorship from quality saddle makers – DK, County and Bates. I am also fortunate to have the support of Jennifer Adair a technical and creative genius who heads ‘Custom Horse DVD’. Debra Brookhouser is a client, friend, fantastic pianist, engineer and sponsor. She has designed and produced all my musical freestyles for the last five years. Debra is amazing and I always hope that my performance is worthy of her music. Gaining more sponsorship is an important and ongoing goal as the costs to campaign horses internationally, are so very high.
Photo: Christoph Hess & Jules riding Lepold-Q - Good Horseman Foundation Symposuim, Georgia 2006
Movie: I enjoy watching movies though rarely have the time to stay current. My all time favorite is Pulp Fiction which I have seen repeatedly. I enjoyed 3.10 to Yuma, 11th Hour, Kill Bill, The Pianist and hundreds more. My movie selection depends on the mood and situation - sometimes dramatic catharsis is great and sometimes pure escapism is better.
Vacations: In 2006 I travelled with a good friend to Namibia. We chose to be part of a 700km horse ride across the Nambig Desert, to the Skeleton Coast – unbelievable, I have never galloped so fast! In 2007 with the same friend, we travelled to India and saw seven different tigers in three days, toured the Pink City and spent three days at the foothills of the Himalayas at Ananda Spa – unforgettable! Prior to ‘06, I had not been on a vacation for at least a decade.
Photo:Jules on Chocolate, Skeleton Coast, Namibia.