On Sept. 16, 2019, Samantha Marie Pritchard Calzone passed away doing what she loved most in this life: riding horses.
Equipped with passion, the knowledge arising from her BS in equine studies from the University of Connecticut (UConn) and her Masters from Hartpury University in England, and the leadership skills she gained from serving as Captain of the UConn Equestrian Team, Samantha hoped to dedicate her life to improve the lives of horses.
“While the loss of Samantha will always be unimaginable to Samantha’s family and those who deeply loved her, we hope that Samantha’s legacy will be to inspire others to seek the knowledge that is needed to elevate the equine profession and to create a reality to ensure that safe solutions exist for both horses and people,” said Lynn Coakley, President, EQUUS Foundation.
The EQUUS Foundation Equine Education Network lists the colleges and universities in the United States offering equine academic and athletic programs — with the goal to encourage the pursuit of equine studies at the collegiate level and careers in the equine industry.
The EQUUS Foundation is honored to establish the Samantha “Sam” Calzone Memorial Awardas a tribute to Samantha’s life and her everlasting passion for horses. The award will recognize an institution of higher learning offering equine studies and/or equine athletics programs that ensures that the quality of life of its equine partners is paramount. The recipient will receive a grant from the EQUUS Foundation ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.