Annual Stony Hill Benefit To Award Equestrian Scholarships

Young riders at a previous benefit for the Stony Hill Stables Foundation, which will be held this Saturday, June 30. Michael Heller photo

Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett, which has been owned and operated by the Hotchkiss family for more than five decades, will host its annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation Benefit on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the stables on Town Lane.

This year’s event promises to be full of surprises. Scholarship students, as well as grand prix riders, will take to the ring. Thompson and USDF Gold Medalist Wick Hotchkiss will perform dressage,the stable’s pony drill teamwill perform, and there will be a jumping exhibition.

A total of seven scholarships will be awarded to local residents from Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton. The deadline for submitting applications has passed for this year, as winners willbe announced at the benefit on Saturday.

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to promote equine sports through riding education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults on the East End. Now in its seventh year, the scholarship program has given local riders a path to their equestrian dreams, with scholarships customized to suit each recipient.

Olivia Walsh, who received a scholarship in 2017, said she was grateful for the opportunity to ride at Stony Hill.  “This experience was amazing,” Olivia said. “I was able to lease a horse named Gator. Over time, I got to learn how the horse behaved so I could ride him better. I am very grateful to have gotten the scholarship.”

“This has been an opportunity of a lifetime,” Olivia’s mother, Lauren Walsh, said. “Through the scholarship program, she has been fortunate to have had private lessons, participated in a horse show and leased a horse. “

Event Chairwoman Bailey Thompson has been involved with the foundation since its inception.

“For the past six years, I have had the privilege to serve on the benefit committee where I have witnessed the amazing mission of the foundation come to fruition,” Thompson said. “This foundation is very special to me because I understand how significant these scholarships are and the great opportunities they provide to the recipients.”

Tickets for the Stony Hill Stables Foundation Benefit are priced at $125 for a single ticket, $200 for a couple. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or can be purchased at the gate on the night of the event.