On The Avenue

Ride Into the Sunset

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Rob Rich/societyallure.com
Monday, August 27, 2018
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The uber exclusive Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton was the setting for The Center for Therapeutic Riding of The East End (CTREE)’s annual “Horses Changing Lives” benefit on Thursday August 23rd. Event chairs Tami Maines and Diana Shiel welcomed over 250 guests to the private club, which has hosted The Women’s U.S. Open.


Guests at the Cantor Fitzgerald sponsored event included Fresno’s Michael Nolan and Helen Gifford, Kim Charleton and Stephen Meringoff, Peter and Jennifer Farmer, Pierre and Amy-Cherry Abitol, Katy and Greg Carey and Amalie Bandelier. Roman Roth, a wine expert from Wolffer Vineyards, led the live auction (with a quick assist from Paddle Diva Gina Bradley) and Ludmilla Brazil took care of the Bossa Nova tunes.


“I had never been on a horse before,” said student McKenzie Simons, 13. “Riding Pumpkin and Rocket helps me focus.” Her mother, Gail, agreed. “Being with the horses has really built her self esteem.” Volunteer Chris Ritchey stated that often when the students walk into the stable, “as soon as they see the horses, they light up.”


“This program benefits not only the kids, but also the horses,” said McKenzie’s instructor, Jessica Garcia. “Horses instinctually know how to help people,” added Managing Director Karen Boksel, “Horses CAN change lives.”


Operating year-round out of Wolffer Estate Stables, CTREE is Eastern Long Island’s only certified equine therapy program and provides scholarships to children and adults, including seniors and veterans, with cognitive, physical, or emotional disabilities.


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