Salisbury Trust Wealth Advisory Services, a division of Salisbury Bank, has chosen four recipients in its third annual Sportsmanship Award contest. The contest is open to horse and rider pairs of all ages and skill levels active in Eventing (Beginner Novice, Novice or Training). Finalists are chosen based on their perseverance, integrity, sportsmanship and their ability to enrich their sport and their community. The Bank will sponsor them at the following events:
New for 2013! Boyd Martin Clinic at Fitch’s Corner, May 27, 2013
Riga Meadow Horse Trials, July 14, 2013
Town Hill Horse Trials, August 31 and September 1, 2013
Kent School Horse Trials, October 6, 2013
Each participant’s scores will be tallied throughout the sponsored events and the horse and rider with the lowest average score will receive the Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award.
Meredith Tiedemann, Vice President and Trust Officer, says “We do this award to support Eventing. Our hope is to award those that exemplify the spirit of good sportsmanship and good horsemanship, which captures what Eventers are all about. To quote one of our applicants ‘Sportsmanship is also winning with humility and losing without envy,’ that is what this sport is about. We had some terrific applicants and to narrow it down to just four individuals is always difficult. We are excited to support our four winners this summer and all of the Area 1 events in our community.”
The Four Finalists
Aubrey Felter and “Bailey” – Avon, CT
Aubrey has eight years of riding experience, five of which have been competing in Eventing. Her horse Bailey, 16, is a Thoroughbred cross whose passion runs as deep as Aubrey’s. “He is a patient schoolmaster teaching me the ropes of Eventing. Every jump we jump and every move we practice, I feel he does simply because he loves his job and loves me,” says Aubrey. One of Aubrey’s favorite things about participating in events is the genuine passion of her peers. Aubrey strives to be the best rider and horseman that she can be and uses events to show her off her hard work and dedication to her sport. Aubrey is finishing up her junior year in high school and works at a Farm to support Bailey and her riding.
Beth L. Irizarry and Mucho Trabajo “Buddy” – Bethany, CT
Beth’s love of horses began as a child but her adult riding started in 2007 after 20 years away from the sport. Beth’s passion for horses was rekindled by her husband who passed away from cancer in 2007. He told her that he wanted her to sell his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle and buy a horse for herself. After he passed, she purchased an Irish Sport Horse and gave him a show name of “Play Hard” because the license plate on her husband’s motorcycle had read “PLY HRD”. Beth, who has been a police detective for fifteen years, found that riding her horse was the best way to forget a traumatic day. After Play Hard sustained a hind suspensory injury in July of 2011, Beth began the search for a second horse. A friend told her about a free horse in Cheshire, CT. The previous owner of the horse had labeled him as “dangerous and un-ridable.” Once Beth met and rode the tall, soft-eyed gorgeous bay, she instantly connected with him and she brought him home the next day. Since then Buddy has made incredible progress and Beth is anxious to show off just how talented her horse is.
Kelly Lattin and “Callie” – Pleasant Valley, NY
Kelly is a single mom and an Army veteran of eight years. Kelly works two jobs to support her family and their interests. Her youngest daughter shares her love for horses. Kelly’s horse Callie is a 19 year old second career thoroughbred. She had multiple owners before she was offered to Kelly as a lease. Kelly and Callie quickly bonded and formed a team. Their relationship over the past year and a half has been beneficial for both horse and rider. Callie no longer has a reputation for breaking cross ties in the barn and Kelly has found a great friend and source of support in her horse. “Callie loves to show and she puts on a great performance. Riding well allows me to show Callie how appreciative I am of her,” says Kelly.
Raimie Utterback and “Diamond Pro” – Salisbury, CT
Raimie Utterback has ridden for 18 years and has been an avid horse lover since she was eight years old. She was a USPC member from (1995-2012), and part of the Hartwick College Equestrian Team from (2005-2009). Raimie is also secretary of the Millbrook Pony Club. Her horse Diamond Pro, better known as “D” was injured in February of 2012. Since then Raimie and D have been working hard to recuperate with a goal of competing for the 2013 season. Raimie said “It has been a long road, but D is now ready to fly again.” Growing up Ramie was always present at events to fence judge or cheer on friends but this is her first chance to experience an Eventing season as a competitor. “We aren’t just individual riders competing against each other, we are a community bound together by the love of horses and a great ride,” says Raimie.
About the Award
The Salisbury Trust Sportsmanship Award was created in 2011 to honor the spirit of Eventing. The Bank has chosen to sponsor four horse and rider pairs who exhibit perseverance, integrity, horsemanship, sportsmanship and humor, enriching not only the equine community but our greater community as well.
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.