photos: Heather Huie/Apollo Fields
Both Sam and Helen grew up in the area, riding since a young age, and competing in the hunter/jumper scene. They each took jobs in the equestrian industry. But it wasn’t until stints at a barn in Florida that the pair met and forged a close friendship. “We were each down there helping out with a horse show for eight weeks, and developed a really nice friendship. When we came back to New York we started dating…and were soon inseparable,” Sam explains. Eventually they each got jobs at the same North Salem farm and moved into a property on Succabone in Bedford together, where they also managed the barn. They were engaged in 2019…and, of course, Sam had Helen’s horse and dog play a role in the proposal.
In 2020, Sam and Helen started their own equestrian training and management business, called H&S Equestrian, based out of a barn on Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, where they train, market, and sell horses, and train riders to compete on the local circuit. The duo have complementary skill sets, so that the business runs seamlessly; Sam does the teaching and riding, and Helen does thel barn management. Sam also works with the Mounted Troop in New Canaan.