PHOTOS BY George Kamper and The Book LLC
Becky Gochman alights from a personalized golf cart. She is clad in a camo jacket, a black-and-white striped long-sleeved shirt trimmed with ruffles topped by a plain, long-sleeved t-shirt, riding breeches, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield her from the South Florida sun. Her energy is palpable. She settles at a table in the Farm Stand area she created at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington and peers through green, cat-eye glasses. Passionate about the environment, organic food, sustainable clothing, horses, and her children, the 54-year-old former art teacher emits a positive, cool, hippie vibe.
Becky is married to David Gochman, heir to the Academy Sporting Goods empire his father created in Texas. The couple met at the Continental Club in Austin where he asked her to two-step. After a series of dancing lessons, they fell in love, married, divorced for five years, and remarried.
“That’s why we’re kind of older parents, but we stayed friends the whole time,” Becky explained. “It was our path, but it was actually the right path that we had to take. That just made us stronger and more sure of ourselves.”
Becky and David are parents to 15-year-old Sophie and 13-year-old Mimi. “I was adopted and David has his masters degree in Asian studies and speaks fluent Chinese,” Becky said. “We wanted to have kids at 39, so we applied for adoption from China.” Soon after, Becky learned she was pregnant, and their family quickly grew: The couple’s adoption efforts proved successful and gave them their daughter Mimi. The girls are a year and a half apart in age. “They are very yin and yang,” she laughed. “One likes the egg yolk, and one likes the egg white. One goes to Spence in New York City, and one goes to Palm Beach Day Academy.”