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Darien's Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show Jumps To New Level

The Ox Ridge Hunt Club's 83rd annual Charity Horse Show was a big success, organizers said.
The Ox Ridge Hunt Club's 83rd annual Charity Horse Show was a big success, organizers said. Photo Credit: Provided

DARIEN, CONN. — The Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien completed its 83rd annual Charity Horse Show, which attracted more than 5,000 riders, trainers, spectators and sponsors from across the region.

As the show’s charitable beneficiary, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding will receive a percentage of net proceeds from the $85,000 raised through sponsorships. In addition, Pegasus’ information booth featured an equestrian jewelry sale, and guests were invited to give parking donations to benefit Pegasus. The combined money raised will be used for fencing to reconfigure two large paddocks for the therapeutic horses at Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y.

“The outpouring of support we’ve received from guests and the ORHC alike has been fantastic,” said Todd Gibbs, Pegasus’ executive director. “The show was a huge fund-raising and awareness success, and we’re eagerly anticipating next year’s event.”

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding wasn’t 2013’s only big winner at the show, however. Irish-born Kevin McCarthy rode Vernal to victory in Sunday’s $30,000 grand prix. The week’s other winners included Colin Syquia atop Zsa Zsa, who took home $5,000 in the Callari Auto Group Welcome Class, and Holly George, who rode Bombay to a first-place finish in the $1,500 FW PHA Derby.

In addition to the high-level competition, guests also enjoyed this year’s boutique vendors, which included Joseph Der Dau custom riding boots, Arcona Riding Apparel, Wild Horses Clothing, Lazlo Accessories, Patricia’s Gifts, Carcoal Leather Jewelry, and Pegasus’ own “Rider’s Closet,” which raised awareness for Georgina Bloomberg’s free equestrian clothing exchange program, founded at her home in 2006 and relocated to Pegasus Farm in 2010.

“We’re so thankful to all of the sponsors, riders, coaches, and residents who came out to support us in 2013,” said Alison Potter, business manager at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club.

For more information about the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show, contact oxridgehuntclub@gmail.com.

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