Meet Marion Maggiolo, the Equestrianista – Go To Guru of Fox Hunting
Every Fox Hunting Equestrian I have spoken to recently asks, “Have you spoken to Marion?” She’s the person who knows everything about Fox Hunting Fashion, Styles, and Trends! She’s the Go To Guru of Fox Hunting…”
Picture from Horse Country Online Store
Recently, I had the pleasure of briefly chatting with Marion Maggiolo – owner of Horse Country Saddlery in Warrenton, Virginia.
She joked that she’s probably the “Go To” person about Fox Hunting Fashion because “she’s been around the longest”… I beg to differ.
Her interest in all things equestrian started on her parents’ farm in the heart of New Jersey horse country, Hunterdon County. Her parents had met through their mutual interest in horses and she recounts stories of others meeting through love of horses. She shared with me a story of a gentleman complimenting a lady on her equestrian outfit one day. They got to know each other and now are happily married. - Equestrianistas…you never know who you’re going to meet when wearing an equestrian inspired outfit!
In 1970, Marion’s parents opened a saddlery in Warrenton, VA. The shop was small but soon developed into a leading store for quality show ring attire. By 1980, the sport of fox hunting was growing and Marion recognized the need for a suitable riding kit for hunting enthusiasts. The store began to specialize in traditional English made attire. Today, Horse Country carries the largest and most comprehensive array of fine fox hunting attire and equipment in the world. The store has a large eclectic variety of items for the home and stable in vintage and antique wares, rare books, jewelry and art.
“ Walking through the store, you’ll find one-of-a-kind antiques, exquisite gold and
silver jewelry, and old Welsh blankets. From tall top hats to scarlet coats and
shadbellys, superior hunting bridles and saddles to saddle soaps and polishes,
English country clothing to adorable plush toys for children, Horse Country is the
one-stop shop for many horsemen.”
Good Tweeds are hot right now- every wardrobe should include several classic jackets and equestrian accessories hit the mark. – Says Marion
When Marion is not at the store, she finds inspiration on the streets of London and Manhattan, visiting the traditional bespoke shops and antique centers, reading classic sporting books from the early 20th Century and walking Aga and Bunsen, her two Scottish Terriers, in the Fauquier County countryside.
She also finds herself rushing home on Sundays to catch the next episode of Downton Abbey! She’s enjoying the new season which started recently!
2013 Bucketlist of places to go….
If you are looking to find authentic Fox Hunting Attire or want to emerge yourself in the Country Life Style-Take a trip this year to Marion’s store Horse Country, in Warrenton, VA. You never know what treasure you may find!
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