“Never take anything too seriously” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Stéphanie Poupart by © Mélissa Pelchat

“We all love horses, but for Stéphanie, horses are at the heart of her passion and her prolific equestrian marketing business. Her beautiful house is filled with prizes she and her horses have won over the years, riding together. Her gorgeous mare, Dulce de Leche (aka Irene), and her are now regulars at the Royal Winter Fair. She. Is. The bomb. I need to add that she’s the absolute best at naming pets (I am calling her Scotties Lucien and Simone as witnesses) and that if her career wasn’t so well established, I’d suggest she’d do that professionally. On top of that, she recently united her destiny to the love of her life’s. A charmed life it is! There is a serenity about her that is only troubled by her wicked sense of humor and that makes me just… very happy to know her.” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Stephanie

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. The Polaroid pictures (one each year!!) I have from a Japanese restaurant where my parents used to bring me for my birthdays. Each time, the owner and his staff would sing and take a picture of us… It was a tradition for many years… from maybe age 5 to 20!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Worst memory is probably my 18th y-o birthday party which turned into my boyfriend’s party… I remember cleaning the house the next morning… Plus my dog had eaten chocolate and had been sick everywhere…

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. The one I recalled the most is a painting from my mother.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. I really like Lebanese food…

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. To be with people you love.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Not really.