Helping Hands on Horseback
Helping Hands on Horseback

Pegasus Horse Show


Sixty children and adults with special needs proudly demonstrated their equestrian skills at the 37th annual Pegasus Horse Show on June 7-8. 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.

This year, Alice Stewart won The Ann Pinkerton Award for Adult Rider of the Year; Rose Aglieco won The Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus; Ryan Hornick won The Pegasus Horsemanship Award; Allyson Schroeder won the Robert M. Stein Challenge Trophy for Outstanding Rider of the Year; Marilyn Platt and Barbara Kurian both won The Peggy & Bill Larned Award for Most Helpful Volunteer; Rhiana Brennan won The Seth A. Armen Junior Volunteer of the Year Award; Phillip Alves won The Michele Arnhold Independent Rider Award; Pegasus Farm's Bo and Sherman both won The Libby Bartnick Award for Pegasus Therapy Horse of the Year and last but not least, Daniel Reilly received a Special Honor as a long time Pegasus friend.

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 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 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.






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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.



Best PositionFor 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.



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
2015: Katherine Robb & Ethan Wachs
2014: Katie Ucker
2013: Joseph Deutmeyer
2012: Tim Martin
2011: Julia Simpson
2010: Kate Banfield
2009: Phoebe Sherry
2008: Rachel Fletcher
2007: Lesley Schwarzschild
2006: Stephanie Williamson
2005: Sarah Nicholas
2004: Charlotte Stack
2003: Colin O’Brien
2002: Ann Pinkerton
2001: Ann Brautigam
2000: Brian Horberg
1999: Jonathan Leach
1998: Michael Rodgerson
1997: Thomas Acocella
1996: Josh Perloe
1995: Aaron Grean
1994: Jason Breslin
1993: Missy McDonnell
1992: Craig Zieba
1991: Gordon Smith
1990: Dana Sussman
1989: Lisette Timcke

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
2015: Brian Martin
2014: Coby Kilion
2013: Colin Murphy
2012: Lallina el-Saieh
2011: Sam Boaknin
2010: Justine Perloe
2009: Sam Margolis

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
2015: Talbot Clarke
2014: Samantha Sexton
2013: Juliette Barberie
2012: Heidi Eschweiler
2011: Nicholas Ippolito

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
2015: Erik Swain
2014: Fox Hill Farms
2013: Jamie Cassano
2012: John Carberry
2011: Kim Dow
2010: Easy Kelsey/Kelsey Farm
2009: Betsy Stein Medinger
2008: Lois Brockmann
2007: Nicole Russo
2006: Easy Kelsey
2005: Charlie, Sherrell & Aaron Grean
2004: Rosalie Berkowitz
2003: Sue McGraw
2002: Peter Reed
2001: Seth Armen
2000: Susie Thompson
1999: Jane Fitzpatrick
1998: Florence Asch & Peggy Larned
1997: Janet Martella
1996: Don Weill
1995: Barb Birdsall

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
2015: Vicky Skouras
2014: Dieter Cakavell
2013: Judy Williams
2012: Vic Romley
2011: Sue Brubaker
2010: Priscilla Lucas
2009: Chris Coyle
2008: Lily Reich
2007: Bob & Tina Theurkauf
2006: Alice Daly
2005: Bruce Dixon
2004: Daniela Economou
2003: Betty Foulk
2002: Florence Asch

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
2015: Anabeth Bostrup
2014: Ann Garg
2013: Julia Albrecht
2012: Aemilia Phillips

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)
2015: Mr. Blue (Janet & Jessica Roth)
2014: Lilly (Marny Mansfield)
2013: Classico (Sue McGraw)
2012: Honey Bun (Pegasus)
2011: Dixie (Pegasus)
2010: Packer (Pegasus)
2009: Ellie (Cheryl Garrett)
2008: Chance (Pegasus)
2007: Cortell (New Canaan M.T.)
2006: Sparkie (Ann Grenci)
2005: Ben (Easy Kelsey)
2004: Annie (Jill Medinger)
2003: Champ (Marsha Chambers)
2002: Riverman (Judy & Max Richter)
2001: Judge (Lois Brockmann)
2000: Woody (Sue McGraw)
1999: Chubby (Philip Richter)
1998: Dewey (Cindy & Pete Crosby)


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