2010 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductees
Suzanne Bell Fraser ’72
Suzy is a full-time writer at Dartmouth College and author of two nonfiction horse books, The Dressage Competitor’s Handbook (an amazon.com “best seller” with a five star rating) and Financing Your Equestrian Activities. In addition, she owns and operates a dressage farm in Fairlee, Vermont.
Suzy received her British Horse Society Assistant Instructor certificate from the Talland School of Equitation in England and has won numerous year-end awards from the USEF, the United States Dressage federation, the American Trakehner Association, New England Dressage Association and regional clubs. A SDDF bronze medalist, Suzy is currently working toward her silver medal. Other career highlights include auto racing and co-founding an electronics company.
Jerilyn Jacobs ’85
Jerilyn is a partner and vet at the Vermont-New Hampshire Veterinary Clinic where she practices equine and small animal veterinary medicine. She is also an avid rider, an interest that began at the age of 8 and brought her to Stoneleigh-Burnham as a student. Jerilyn graduated from Smith College, where she rode on the intercollegiate riding team all four years and was team captain during her junior and senior years. She went on to coach the Amherst College intercollegiate riding team and continued competing for Smith in the alumnae division. In 1990 Jerilyn won the Alumnae Over Fences class at the National Finals. Her veterinary degree is from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Amy Stegall ’86
Since Amy graduated from Pine Manor College in 1990, she has been a very active organizer and activist pursuing laws for the protection and humane treatment of animals.
In addition to legislative issues, Stegall has been at the forefront of protecting farms and horse owners from negative town zoning regulations and ordinances, and worked with various state and federal agencies to ensure equestrian concerns are included in proposed policy changes.Stegall considers herself a “citizen activist” and will continue to be vocal on important issues.
Vicky Castegren ’94
Vicky is an accomplished equestrian competitor and business owner. During the summers of 1992 and 1993 Vicky rode in Sweden at Flammabygets Stuteri and in the summer of 1994 she competed in show jumping competition in Bermuda. While at Lynchburg College, Vicky bought her first horse and started competing on the “A” circuit. After graduating from Averett University in 1999 with a BS in Business Management, Vicky opened Winterhaven Stables LLC in Gordonsville, Virginia. Then in 2005 she represented the US Equestrian Federation at four competitions in France; Port Mort, Bois Le Roi, Royan and Dinnard. In 2009 she closed Winterhaven Stables LLC and purchased a new farm, Hyperion Stud LLC Sporthorse Breeding & Sales.
Samantha Pleasant ’02
Sam Pleasant began instructing riding at Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Bonnie Castle Riding Camp and eventually became director of that program in 2007. She then joined the Riding Department at the school and co-coached the Interscholastic Equestrian Team with Mina Williams. Her students have been named the IEA National Beginner Individual Champion, and the IEA National Beginner Team Champion. In the fall of 2009 she coached 5 students to the Massachusetts’ Horseman’s Council Finals, a Stoneleigh-Burnham School record for qualifiers, and had a rider finish 17th in the Mini Medal.