EQLiving readers voted on their favorite athletes in each discipline. The list of athletes nominated in each category represented the top of the sport, with Olympians, legends, and many riders who have left their mark on their fans for not only their superior athleticism but also their strength of character.

Favorite For Year-Round Living

Photo: Courtesy of Salamander Resort

  • Winner: Middleburg, VA
  • Silver: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Bronze: Lexington, KY

A repeat winner, this charming equestrian town in the Blue Ridge Mountains is brimming with historic landmarks, local art and culture, and fine cuisine. Equestrian Living readers chose MIDDLEBURG as the best place to live for its lovely weather and the abundance of horse sporting activity, from show jumping to fox hunting. Despite its small size, Middleburg’s annual calendar includes numerous nationally renowned equestrian events, from the Middleburg Spring Races to the nation’s oldest horseshow in the neighboring village of Upperville.

Favorite For Summer Living

Photo: Jill Novotny
  • Winner: Middleburg, VA
  • Bronze: Lexington, KY

Favorite For Winter Living

Double H is one of many beautiful farms in Wellington.
  • Winner: Wellington, FL
  • Silver: Ocala, FL
  • Bronze: Aiken, SC

WELLINGTON draws riders from around the world for top-level competitions in every discipline.


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