Greenwich residents win Pegasus Horse Show Special Awards

Greenwich residents Erik Swain and Vicky Skouras each won special service awards in conjunction with the 34th annual Pegasus Horse Show on May 31. Swain received the Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus at the event, and Skouras received the Peggy & Bill Larned Award for Most Helpful Volunteer prior to the show.

“For the past five years, Erik Swain has spent countless volunteer hours behind the camera and in the editing room creating promotional videos for Pegasus. Each film is a beautiful visual representation of our mission, and we are so grateful for his willingness to share his time and professional expertise with us,” said Pegasus Director of Volunteer Services Lynn Peters.

“Vicky Skouras has been a dedicated volunteer at our Greenwich chapter for more than 30 years,” added Peters. “Each week for three decades, Vicky has devoted herself to changing lives through her love of horses and the therapeutic magic that happens when they partner with people. Pegasus is incredibly lucky to have Vicky on our team.”

Hosted at Pegasus’ main equestrian center, Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y., the 34th annual Pegasus Horse Show celebrated the achievements of more than 60 children and adults with special needs. The event is also the nonprofit’s primary annual fundraising event, and all charitable contributions will benefit the 300 participants served by Pegasus each year. In celebration of the organization’s Ruby Anniversary, this year’s athletes won a special “40 Years Pegasus Proud” ribbon for accomplishing a particular horsemanship skill exceptionally well.

Several Greenwich area youths won ribbons in their respective classes, including Nina Cevallos (Best Use of Aids), Daniel Crawford (Best Control of the Horse), Hannah Cunningham (Best Transitions), Alexandra Frumin (Best Transitions) and Ramzi si-Ahmed (Best Transitions).

Founded in 1975, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center that provides the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, military veterans and at-risk individuals, including disadvantaged youth and abuse survivors. Visit pegasustr.org for further information about Pegasus’ programs or to make a tax-deductible donation in support of its mission.

Greenwich resident Erik Swain shares his Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus with his wife, Fabienne, and their sons (left) Sebastian and (right) Harrison—Photo by Christine Fitzgerald.

Greenwich resident Erik Swain shares his Pat Bugg Award for Special Service and Dedication to Pegasus with his wife, Fabienne, and their sons (left) Sebastian and (right) Harrison—Photo by Christine Fitzgerald.

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