This weekend’s Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix equestrian event in Saugerties, New York is a long way from a trail ride in the Catskills, but for 26-year-old Agatha D’Ambra, the journey has been a relatively quick one.
One of the competitors in this weekend’s event, D’Ambra grew up in Rexford, New York, just north of Albany. She’s loved horses her whole life, but she’s not one of those riders who was on a horse before she could walk.
When she was little, she and her father, Thomas D’Ambra, would go trail riding about once a month in the Catskills; when she was 10 years old, she began taking riding lessons at a local barn, and within two years, her parents had bought her her own horse, an OTTB–an off-track Thoroughbred–named Matty Monster that she renamed August Eclipse when she showed him.
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