Wellington, FL— International Grand Prix dressage rider, Arlene “Tuny” Page, was the focus of the November 10 Shop Talk presented by ShowChic. ShowChic, an equestrian boutique that carries top dressage styles in Wellington, Florida, hosts Shop Talk seminars throughout the winter competition season to educate people about dressage and provide equestrians with advice from professionals of the sport. Page, who is an international dressage rider, the owner and manager of Stillpoint Farm, a wife, a mother, and an active participant in local charities, shared her unique perspective on how to juggle all of the different facets of life while remaining impressively successful in each.
“If you have the luxury of just concentrating on one thing, it is easier to be successful at that one thing,” began Page to her audience at ShowChic. She continued, “I was very stubborn as a young girl and I knew that I really wanted to ride. I simply focused every day on making that dream happen.” Page, who is now a Grand Prix dressage rider and more importantly a wife and a mother, also says, “I try really hard to not let things get in the way of addressing what is really important in my life.”
Page credits her ability to focus on working hard to structure her time effectively. “I really compartmentalize everything that I do. I am very serious about doing one thing at a time, completing it correctly, and moving on to the next thing,” stated Page. This kind of structure is best demonstrated in her daily schedule. Page explained, “I ride all my horses in the morning, and then in the early afternoon I focus on what my farm needs in terms of management and communicating with my staff. By the time the evening roles around, I am all about being with my daughter and making dinner for my husband.”
As a dressage rider, Page has amassed a career full of impressive highlights that include being the 2006 United States Freestyle Champion and an FEI World Cup representative for the United States. Page has also represented the U.S. on various Nations Cup teams around the world. In 2015, Page and her mount Woodstock anchored the bronze medal winning U.S. Nations Cup team in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
“I have two wonderful horses, Woodstock and Alina, who have had a really strong tour in Europe this summer and are ready to compete next in the upcoming Dutta Corporation Festival of Champions,” said Page. “My competitive goals for 2016 include consideration for the short list for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as continuing to train my up and coming grand prix horses.” This kind of competitive energy is what makes being around Page and the other resident trainers at Stillpoint Farm so exciting. Page said, “Having a strong team and really supporting them and recognizing that everyone plays a part is so important to the philosophy at my farm. My farm is a quality place because it supported daily by quality people who are invested in each others’ success.”
Page, who is well known in the Wellington community for being involved with several philanthropic causes, also discussed her work with Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in nearby Loxahatchee, Florida. Vinceremos is a non-profit organization that serves riders with special needs. “The work that Vinceremos does is incredibly important, and they are making a profound difference in peoples lives,” Page said. Page is most deeply involved in the organization’s annual dinner and auction, which will be in its 29th year in 2016.
ShowChic is excited to bring the beloved Shop Talk sessions back this show season, with an impressive line up of new guest speakers that range from riders to equine practitioners. After the Shop Talk forums, attendees are invited to browse the select equestrian apparel in the ShowChic show room, snack, enter to win door prizes, and connected with like-minded dressage amateurs and professionals.
ShowChic carries everything the rider needs to dress for success in the dressage arena, including well-known brands like Kentucky, Cavallo, Arista, Pikeur, Equiline, Back on Track, and Samshield. ShowChic’s mobile store can be found at top show grounds across the east coast in the summer and at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival on the Florida show circuit in the winter.
For more information on ShowChic, visit the boutique, go to www.showchicdressage.com, or call 561-319-2121. ShowChic’s online store is open 24 hours.