Exceedingly Sporty Saturday Looming

Races, benefits, paddleboarding, and lifeguarding
Stony Hill’s pony drill team went through its paces at the stables in Amagansett Saturday afternoon in preparation for this Saturday’s scholarship benefit. Jack Graves Photo

This Saturday will be exceedingly sporty what with the Shelter Island 10K, whose featured participants will be Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the Boston Marathon, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, the former Olympic gold medalist, who set an age-group world record there; the Turbo Tri triathlon for competitors 17 and up at Maidstone Park, a fund-raiser for the I-Tri program, and a benefit at Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett for its unique child rider scholarship fund.

Saturday also will mark the first day of the Hampton Lifeguard Association’s Lifeguard Cadet program at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, which is designed to further develop the lifeguarding skills of 15 and 16-year-old boys and girls who have two years of junior lifeguarding experience.

“Do you have what it takes?” a flier put out by East Hampton Town’s Recreation Department, the cadet program’s sponsor, asks.

According to the flier, the program’s goals include training in water safety and ocean beach awareness and swimming skills, training in teamwork, and in the responsibilities lifeguards must assume in protecting others.

John Ryan Sr., John Ryan Jr., and Brian Cunningham are the instructors. Sessions will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 3 to 4.

The Shelter Island 10K, which always has been a popular race, is to begin in front of Shelter Island High School at 5:30 p.m. At 4 tomorrow afternoon, Keflezighi, an American citizen who was born in Ethiopia, and Benoit-Samuelson are to talk with members of East End boys and girls track teams in the high school’s auditorium.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Main Beach Surf and Sport’s 6-mile standup paddleboard ocean “downwinder,” a benefit for Paddlers for Humanity, is to start at Wainscott’s Beach Lane road-end, and the Turbo Tri (a 300-yard bay swim, a 7-mile bike, and a 1.5-mile run) is to begin at 5 at the Maidstone Park pavilion in Springs, to be followed, at around 7, by a dinner catered by Panera Bread. There will also be drinks and music. Teresa Roden, I-Tri’s founder, has said non-competitors may come for the dinner. The tickets are $25.

The Stony Hill Stables Foundation’s major fund-raiser will also be held Saturday evening, from 6 to 8, at the stables near the intersection of Town and Windmill Lanes in Amagansett.

The foundation, founded two years ago by the stables’ owner (and a gold-medal-winning dressage rider), Wick Hotchkiss, continues to offer riding scholarships to local youngsters, apparently the only stable on the East End to do so.

“We’ve had 12 applications already,” Maureen Bluedorn said the other day, “though we can only give out five.”

Marc Lowlicht, the father of Stony Hill’s first scholarship winner, Lara, has said in a brochure about the foundation that Lara “has matured beyond her years as a result of being with horses and the discipline it takes. The difference it’s made has been amazing.”

Wick Hotchkiss has said “it has been my lifelong dream to make the equestrian experience more accessible in our community.”

Ashley Lynott, a Westhampton Beach High School graduate from East Quogue, said she came to Stony Hill this past November from the Wolffer Stables in Sagaponack, where she was a beginning rider instructor and volunteered with CTREE (the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End), “largely because of the foundation. It’s great. Probably these kids wouldn’t be able to ride if Stony Hill didn’t offer this.”

Four of the stables’ five scholarship riders, a group that includes Georgia Bunce, Renny Murphy, Luke Burke, Anna Rafferty, and Kendra Tatkon-Kent, will ride with Lynott’s 10-pony drill team at the benefit, which will also feature two dressage exhibitions by Hotchkiss, on Royal Dancer, her gold-medal-winning horse, the latter a disco queen “pas de deux” with Bailey Thompson, a prize-winning Stony Hill dressage rider.