|Rick Cantele congratulates Dora and Lynne Flanagan
Early this year, Salisbury Trust Wealth Advisory Services, a division of Salisbury Bank, opened up an opportunity to the Eventing community in the region to participate in the Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award. The Award offered to pay entry fees to four horse and rider pairs to compete at local USEA recognized events: Riga Meadow Horse Trials in July, Town Hill Horse Trials in September and Kent School Horse Trials in October.
The contest was open to horse and rider pairs of all ages and skill levels, and applications came in from riders in the tri-state area as well as Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. The large and deserving field was narrowed in July to Edith Taylor from Underhill, VT and her horse “Trixie”; Dr. Katherine Kane from Kent, CT and her horse “May”; Nancy Cerniglia from Craryville, NY and her horse “Yogi”; and Lynne Flanagan from Sharon, CT and her horse “Dora”. Each participant’s scores were tallied throughout the sponsored events and the horse and rider with the lowest average score won the Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award.
Today, Salisbury Trust announced the winners: Lynn Flanagan and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare, Dora. Lynne and Dora, a former racehorse that Lynn retrained herself, have only been eventing for two years. This was their first year competing at the Novice level, and they earned a total average score of 36.1 to earn the top prize.
Meredith Tiedemann, Vice President and Trust Officer, says, “The applicants for the Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award were asked what ‘sportsmanship’ means to them. Lynne’s response was ‘sportsmanship means being able to feel good about yourself, your horse, and what you have accomplished together.’ They both should be feeling successful about this year!”
About the Award
The Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award was created to honor the spirit of Eventing. The Bank chose to sponsor four horse and rider pairs whose perseverance, integrity, horsemanship, sportsmanship and humor exhibit this spirit, enriching not only the equine community but our community in general.
Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut; Sheffield and South Egremont, Massachusetts as well as Dover Plains and Millerton, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.