Samantha "Sam" Calzone Memorial
Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 in memory of Samantha Calzone as a tribute to Samantha's life and her everlasting passion for horses.
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On Sept. 16, 2019, Samantha Marie Pritchard Calzone passed away doing what she loved most in this life: riding horses.
Samantha was born in Redding, Connecticut, where her passion for horses blossomed 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.
When she returned stateside in July of 2019, happy to be reunited with her family and boyfriend Michael, she accepted a position at Takoda Farm. It was there, where we lost this promising, passionate and dedicated horsewoman.
The Samantha "Sam" Calzone Memorial Horse Whisperer Award was established in honor of Samantha and those who deeply loved her as an inspiration to future generations of horsemen and horsewomen.