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September 20, 2019
Samantha Calzone Memorial Horse Whisperer Award Established by the EQUUS Foundation

On Sept. 16, 2019, Samantha Marie Pritchard Calzone passed away doing what she loved most in this life: riding horses.

Samantha Calzone

"We have established the Samantha Calzone Memorial Horse Whisperer Award in memory of Samantha Calzone as an everlasting tribute to her life and to her passion for horses and as an inspiration to future generations of horsemen and horsewomen," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. "We lost Samantha, a passionate and dedicated horsewoman, too soon."

Samantha is deeply loved and greatly missed by her mother Ruthann Pritchard, father Peter Calzone, older sister Brittany Calzone, grandparents Jean and Rocco Calzone, family members James Holodak, Jr. and Kathy Palmer, boyfriend Michael Iranpour, countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and wonderful friends.

Services will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 20, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, September 21, at the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home on 2900 Summer St. in Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the EQUUS Foundation for the welfare of horses and to support the horse/human bond in celebration of Samantha's life.

Your gift will help establish a perpetual fund in Samantha's memory. To make a memorial gift for Samantha Calzone, please click this link: www.equusfoundation.org/samantha.

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ABOUT SAMANTHA CALZONE: Samantha was born in Redding, Connecticut, where her passion for horses bloomed throughout elementary and middle school. In 2014, Samantha was accepted into the Animal Science program at University of Connecticut and, of course, joined their equestrian team. She was elected and served as Captain for two years and was adored as a kind, talented mentor for her teammates. Samantha also volunteered two of her spring breaks in Mississippi and Florida, where she helped with hurricane relief projects. Samantha graduated magna cum laude from UConn in June 2018. Ever chasing her passion, Samantha then enrolled at Hartpury University in England to complete her Masters Degree in Equine Science with a focus on rehabilitation. She had just returned stateside in July of 2019 and was happy to be reunited with her family and boyfriend Michael. Samantha was quickly hired by Takoda Farm and it was there, pursuing her passion, that a horse reared and fell on top of her. She did not suffer.

ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.