“Sandy-schmandy, we’re hunting together anyway” by Cathleen A. Springer

Super Storm Sandy did her utmost to thwart the charity ride sponsored by HorseAbility and Smithtown, but Sandy didn’t reckon with the tenacity of the Smithtown Hunt members and friends. Weeks of chain saw, bush hog and back breaking manual labor organized by John Rooney converted a wasteland back to ride-able trails on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury.  22 members and 17 cappers thoroughly enjoyed the mild temperatures on 12/2/12. Prior to the first caste, Frank D. Bradford and Bernadette McHugh of the NSHA Rough Riders, posted the colors [presented the American flag] for the singing of the National Anthem by Guy Yuhas.  Then, 10 1/2 couple hounds were singing themselves silly through the beautiful President’s Field and on restored paths through the tree carnage. [see photos] An abundance of caution guided MFH’s Kevin Maple and Arthur Gerdts as newly cleared trails were negotiated by both the seasoned and novice foxhunters behind a cracking good pack cheered on by Huntsman, Brian Quinn ably assisted by Whippers-in Craig Boehner and Christine Toner.  Sadly, not all riders and horses kept company throughout the day, but all were restored to optimum condition as of this writing.

Following an extended day in the field, all riders and hill toppers enjoyed a generous, hot tea prepared by HorseAbility members and family. Katie Mc Gowan, Director of HorseAbility was present to oversee the delightful repast and insure the comfort of the participants. Clearly, no one left hungry. The event is hoped to represent only the first of future gatherings to benefit HorseAbility and to demonstrate Smithtown Hunt’s commitment to fulfilling its mission of educating riders and spectators regarding the traditions of fox hunting in the USA.


HorseAbility is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization which offers equine activities for individuals with Special Needs including:
*Therapeutic Riding Program
*Hippotherapy Program
*Summer Day Camp at the Thomas School of Horsemanship
*Peer Mentoring
*Equine Assisted Activities
*HorseAbility for Heroes Program for Veterans
HorseAbility also offers Volunteer Opportunities, ages 13+, horse experience is not a necessity, training is provided!!
HorseAbility is recognized as a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.  Located at SUNY Old Westbury. Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine Facilitated Therapy and Summer Day Camp (located in Melville) for individuals with Special Needs. Volunteer opportunities available
To offer a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of its participants.


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Contact Infomation

Honorary Secretary:  Christa Duva
354 Eastport Manor Road, Manorville, NY  11949

Email: thesmithtownhunt@aol.com