Pegasus Horse Show
PHOTOS FROM OUR 2018 PEGASUS HORSE SHOW
Sixty children and adults with special needs proudly demonstrated their equestrian skills at the 36th annual Pegasus Horse Show on May 18-19. Hosted at Pegasus Farm, the event included class activities such as posting the trot, steering through an obstacle course and performing unmounted horsemanship exercises.
Grouped in classes of three to five athletes, each Pegasus Horse Show participant demonstrated skills he or she practiced during weekly lessons at one of our three chapter locations in Fairfield and Putnam counties. Each student earned a show ribbon for accomplishing a particular horsemanship skill exceptionally well.
Each year, a number of special awards are also given at the show. This year, Edye McCaffrey won The Ann Pinkerton Award for Adult Rider of the Year; Maryann Fiebach and Trish White won The Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus; Anderson da Silva Jr. won The Pegasus Horsemanship Award; Isabel Shaw won the Robert M. Stein Challenge Trophy for Outstanding Rider of the Year; Mandy Jackson won The Peggy & Bill Larned Award for Most Helpful Volunteer; Dasha and Susha Fiebach won The Seth A. Armen Junior Volunteer of the Year Award; Dasha Lipke won The Michele Arnhold Independent Rider Award; and last but not least, Pegasus Farm's Mac-A-Roani won The Libby Bartnick Award for Pegasus Therapy Horse of the Year.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Pegasus Horse Show a huge success! Below are some photo highlights posted to our Facebook page:
The 37th Annual Pegasus Horse Show will be a wonderful opportunity for participants to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends in a fun and welcoming environment. We warmly invite you to join us in cheering on our students!
The event will feature rider classes, annual awards, fun and games, and much more.
We will provide free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all guests. We welcome you to bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch from our food truck and spread your blanket on the grass or use our tables in the Michele Arnhold Education Center community room or on the front patio. Bring friends, come early and stay late – we want everyone to enjoy this fun celebration of our mission on the farm!
To speak with us regarding volunteering at this year's event, contact Director of Volunteer Services Lynn Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 669-8235 x109.
To speak with us regarding sponsorships or a donation in honor of our participants, contact Director of Development Candice Sciarrillo at email@example.com or (845) 669-8235 x110. Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities
Information about the event schedule and class schedule will be posted as details are finalized.
CLICK HERE for general information about our annual Pegasus Horse Show, including descriptions of riding skills and a list of previous special award winners.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 HORSE SHOW SPONSORS!
GRAND CHAMPION SPONSORS:
Gifts to our Special Ribbons Horse Show campaign help support our programs all year long. Donors are invited to give at the following Special Ribbon levels or choose their own gift amount. All gifts are generous and greatly appreciated!
Gold Medal ~ $5,000
Full Gallop ~ $2,500
Trot On ~ $1,000
Blue Ribbon ~ $500
Red Ribbon ~ $250
Yellow Ribbon ~ $100
Horse Show Donor ~ up to $99
CLICK HERE to make your 2019 Special Ribbons gift,and THANK YOU for your generous support!
Your participation as a Pegasus Horse Show sponsor not only lets our friends in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield counties know you are committed to our mission, it also supports essential programs for our very special students!
Grand Champion Sponsor ~ $500 ~ Includes banner displayed at Pegasus Farm events for 1 year, inclusion on sponsor signage in community room for 1 year, inclusion in 2019 Horse Show marketing and PR, and online sponsor listing for 1 year.
Banner Sponsor ~ $300 ~ Includes banner displayed at 2019 Horse Show, and inclusion in 2019 Horse Show marketing and PR, and online sponsor listing for 1 year.
Online Sponsor ~ $150 ~ Includes online sponsor listing for 1 year, and inclusion in 2019 Horse Show marketing and PR.
PEGASUS HORSE SHOW RIDING SKILLS
Best Position: For the best performance of the horse, riders must stay centered in the saddle. Position also includes alignment of the rider’s body from the side, which means that an imaginary straight line could be drawn down from the ear to the shoulder to the hip to the heel. Riders should ride with their eyes up, shoulders back and heels down.
Best Transitions: Transitions are changes of gait, either in the upward direction (e.g., halt to walk, walk to trot, walk to canter, trot to canter) or in the downward direction (e.g., walk to halt, trot to walk, canter to trot, canter to walk). Riders should be organized and maintain position while changing gait.
Best Use of Aids: Riding aids are the cues the rider gives the horse to communicate with him. Aids help the rider to steer, control and change the speed/direction/energy of the horse. The natural aids are hand, seat, leg and voice. The more skilled a rider is at using the aids, the less obvious the rider’s aids become.
Best Posting: Posting is a skill learned in preparation for the trot. The trot is a two-beat gait, and the rider rises on one beat and sits (controlled) on the other. Posting prevents bouncing, which improves comfort for both horse and rider. Posting should be rhythmic and controlled. This skill will be judged at the walk and trot.
Best Half Seat: The half seat is also referred to as the two-point or jumping position. The rider rises out of the saddle and maintains a standing position with knees and hips flexed, which allows the horse to use his back when climbing hills and jumping over fences/rails. The half seat requires the rider to use leg strength, proper body alignment and balance. This skill will be judged at the walk and trot.
Best Control of the Horse: As riders move toward greater independence, it is imperative that they are able to be in full control of their horse by effectively using their aids, managing speed and transitions, and steering to direct their horse and maintain safe spacing.
Participation: This ribbon celebrates a rider’s successful participation in our Pegasus Horse Show.
LIST OF PREVIOUS SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS
Robert M. Stein Challenge Trophy for Outstanding Rider of the Year
This award is given to a Pegasus student who demonstrated improved riding skills and outstanding qualities in sportsmanship during the previous year. The award reflects the values of its namesake, Bob Stein, father of Betsy Stein Medinger. Bob embodied the qualities of determination, sportsmanship, using your abilities to the fullest and enjoying every day.
2017: Christopher Hynes
The Michele Arnhold Independent Rider Award
Michele Arnhold was a volunteer and lifelong friend of Pegasus. An avid horsewoman, she enjoyed sharing her love of horses with others. Created in her memory, this award goes to a Pegasus student who demonstrates a high level of independent riding.
2017: Hannah Cunningham
The Ann Pinkerton Award for Adult Rider of the Year
Pegasus established the Ann Pinkerton Award for Adult Rider of the Year in celebration of the life and legacy of longtime student Ann Pinkerton. Pinky’s charitable trust generously funded the building of our covered outdoor arena and several other projects at Pegasus Farm. This award will be given to the adult rider who has shown the most improvement over the year.
2017: Chris Gleason
The Pegasus Horsemanship Award
The Pegasus Horsemanship Award was established in 2017 to recognize participants in our unmounted program. The program has expanded over recent years, and participants now have the opportunity to progress through activities at a higher level once they have completed the introductory level goals. The Pegasus Horsemanship Award recognizes a participant who has demonstrated excellent horsemanship skills and is a kind and caring friend to our therapeutic horses.
2017: Charlie Eagleson
The Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus
Pat Bugg was an extraordinary volunteer and amazing part-time office manager. She was wise, winsome and delightful—totally dedicated to Pegasus and a role model for all. This award goes to a Pegasus friend who has gone above and beyond in helping us further our mission and grow our programs.
2017: Joe Cusato
The Peggy & Bill Larned Award for Most Helpful Volunteer
Judy and Max Richter created this award in memory of devoted volunteers Peggy and Bill Larned. Peggy co-founded the Greenwich chapter in 1976; Bill accompanied her as sound expert and video cameraman at many Horse Shows.
2017: Doreen Salerno
The Seth A. Armen Junior Volunteer of the Year Award
This award honors the memory of longtime volunteer and Board President Emeritus Seth Armen, a brilliant visionary who demonstrated the essence of volunteerism. Honorees are 18 or younger, have volunteered with us for at least two years, and have demonstrated outstanding service to Pegasus and selfless dedication to the greater good of our mission.
2017: Noah Berliner
The Libby Bartnick Award for Pegasus Therapy Horse of the Year
Created in honor of our special friend and Pegasus instructor Libby Bartnick, and courtesy of the D’arcy Fund, this award celebrates the extra-special role of Pegasus horses. (Horse owner listed in parentheses.)
2017: Princess Buttercup (Pegasus)