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Wellington Equestrian News | Sophia Calamari: National Equestrian Champion at 13

Wellington Equestrian News | Sophia Calamari: National Equestrian Champion at 13

Sophia Calamari, a 13 year old teen from New Milford, Pennysylvania along with her 6-year-old pony, Smitten, have gained major recognition  after being hailed as champions during the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals held in Lexington, Kentucky. The pair bested 250 ponies and riders during the completion as they conquered the Small Green Pony Championship and the Overall Green Pony Championship.

Sophia and Smitten have set a record by garnering the highest points in the history of the competition after bagging 1,011.50 points in total. The points included the 252 points in the under saddle phase, 249.75 points in the over-fences, and 260 points in the model phase.

Additionally, Sophia and Power Trip, who’s also one of her ponies, got the seventh place during the show’s equitation finals. Yet again, this was another feat conquered as the duo beat 159 pairs in the finals.

For Sophia, riding horses is a passion passed on by her mother, Laurie Scott. With Laurie’s guidance, Sophia has been joining competitions since she was 7 years old. In fact, they both worked together in training and taking care of her award-winning pony, Smitten. He was a bit restless in the beginning, but no one could deny that he possessed natural talent and flare.

After winning the competitions during the United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals, Sophia and Smitten have impressively set on to earn five championships and one reserve championship within the six shows that they’ve participated in.  

By December this year, Sophia will phase out from the small pony category and will pass on Smitten to her younger sister, Francesca, who is also a rider. Sophia is set out to compete in the junior hunter’s division and will be training for equitation. After graduating from that level, she will be moving on to standard-sized horses.

Sophia, along with her family, is no stranger to Wellington Florida. They have been staying in the village every winter as Sophia trains with her trainer Garry Duffy at the Ponies & Palms Show Stables. Sophia also joins the festivities by competing during the Winter Equestrian Festival here in Wellington.

Sophia went to the Mountain View School District and was a consistent straight-A student before home schooling. One day, she aspires to attend Princeton University and compete in the Olympics.

The future, indeed, looks bright for the young champion, Sophia Calamari, and we cannot wait what she will be conquering next.

Wellington has many equestrian properties available in the market, in case you are interested in horse riding and polo, you can always come here!

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Wellington Equestrian News | Horses Healing Hearts Offers Effective Therapy For Substance Abuse and Addiction

Wellington Equestrian News | Horses Healing Hearts Offers Effective Therapy For Substance Abuse and Addiction

Horses Healing Hearts is a non-profit public charity organization founded by Lizabeth Olszewski aiming to aid children of parents who were suffering from substance abuse. Her goal is to enrich their lives through equine experiential learning.

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The organization of Horses Healing Hearts was established in Wellington Florida and though it was only meant to help the children of parents with hurdles in addiction, Lizabeth soon discovered that the parents too need to be empowered in order to rise up, face their battles, and to be healed, along with their children, from the emotional scars they endured because of the addiction.

This is what motivated Lizabeth Olszewski to collaborate with treatment centers. She received training from in EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) which allowed her to broaden her reach and offer therapy to even more families.

Since Horses Healing Hearts is primarily a non-profit organization, it used to be dependent only on grants. However, because of Liz’s partnership with EAGALA, she is able to make profit through the treatment centers that have offered to pay her and donate money to her charity.

In Lizabeth’s words, ““It has given us a new opportunity to aid in addiction while still working with the children to end the cycle.”

If you would like to get involved in this wonderful cause, you can reach Lizabeth at 561-713-6133. It would truly be a great experience to be part of something that helps the community and heals hearts through our amazing equine friends, our dear horses.  

Wellington has many equestrian properties available in the market, in case you are interested in horse riding and polo, you can always come here!

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today to find your equestrian property here in Wellington or to list your farm for sale at 561-541-9936.