UConn grad killed in riding accident in NY
GREENWICH — A 23-year-old Greenwich woman was killed Monday after a horse fell on top of her in Dover, N.Y.
New York state police said the “investigation determined the horse reared for an unknown reason, and fell on top of the rider.”
Samantha Calzone, of Greenwich, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“The State Police responded to a family farm on Byrds Hill Road at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a report of a female fallen off a horse,” troopers said in a release.
Calzone graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a degree in animal science. She also earned an advanced degree in equine science in Great Britain.
The equestrian team at UConn posted the following notice Tuesday:
“Today, we must say goodbye to our beloved captain, teammate, and friend, Sam Calzone. A member of the class of 2018, Sam tragically passed away in a riding accident yesterday morning. She served as a mentor and a true ray of sunshine to UCET (UConn Equestrian Team) and all people who were lucky enough to know her. Sam was a true horsewoman and loved our sport, and these animals, with her whole heart.
“Rest In Peace, Sam. We love you.”
Calzone was an animal lover ever since she was a child, the former UConn student told a college publication when she was a senior there.
“I have always been the girl that has to pet all of the dogs she sees,” she told the college newsletter. Calzone had been riding since the age of 9.
“I find science, as a whole, interesting. So, combining my love for science and love for animals is perfect for me,” she said.
Calzone traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi to help with restoration efforts after a major hurricane hit the region. As a sophomore, she spent time with an migrant community in Florida.
Northern Dutchess Paramedics and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the scene of the fatal accident, close to the Connecticut border.