An Epic Riding Story of Following Your Passions
I know all too well what it’s like to be passionate about something your whole life. I also know what it’s like to reinvent yourself. There are no limits to what you can accomplish at any stage.
Recently I sat down with Jaymie Klauber at the Sarasota Polo Club home she and husband, acclaimed Chef Tommy Klauber share along with their menagerie of dogs, cats, and horses. I’ve known this Sarasota power couple for over 25 years. The Klauber family is synonymous with the restaurant industry in Sarasota. So it was a treat for me to get a glimpse of life at their ranch and to catch up on their entrepreneurial endeavors.
Looking more fit than ever on this lovely October morning, Jaymie introduced me to her eleven horses, all of whom have a connection with her that can only be described as Horse Whisperer level.
Accomplishments and New Ventures
Known for her accomplishments in the Polo Circuit, she is certainly not one to shy away from hard work or getting dirty. Jaymie has always been a tough but authentic girl. I was quite impressed to learn that she recently drove the trailer back with all horses in tow, from Virginia where they are kept for the summer months.
When Jaymie and Tommy decided it was time to move on to the next chapter, it was Jaymie who came up with the idea to combine her lifelong passion for horses with Tommy’s passion for food.
Long before experiences were a “thing”, the Klaubers were offering unique riding and dining fun adventures to their friends. It was a natural and organic metamorphous to incorporate both. So they began to offer these unique adventures to the public. With a leap of faith and an unwavering perseverance, The Epic Equine Klauber Ranch was born.
Epic Riding and Polo Academy
They now offer Trail Riding Experiences with or without dining. They lease their ponies to polo players out at the Sarasota Resilient Retreat, where they also offer beginner lessons and host polo matches. Their Epic Riding and Polo Academy offers lessons to both kids and adults. They also offer to board (for the horses, not the kids).
When asked if it was a difficult decision to almost reinvent the wheel, Jaymie said she thought long and hard about what would come next. She knew she needed to do something that she was passionate about and that would make her happy. We both agree that having the support of your spouse to pursue what you love and what makes you happy is a gift that makes you humble and grateful. After spending a short time watching her interact with her magnificent horses, there was no question that her happiness indeed comes from her four-legged family.
As it turns out her timing couldn’t have been better.
For more information on Epic Polo Club, Epic Equine Experiences, and Epic Riding and Polo Academy
Photos courtesy of Sheri Nadelman