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February 13, 2008


Michele “Shelly” Arnhold, successful amateur hunter rider, died unexpectedly on Dec. 23. She was 56.
A resident of Bethel, Conn., Ms. Arnhold grew up in New York, N.Y. She was introduced to horses by her father, Henry Arnhold, at a young age and commuted to Bethel every weekend to ride and show.

Ms. Arnhold was known by many around Fairfield County for taking young horses and turning them into top show hunters. Among her favorites were Second Glance, Remarkable, Masquerade and Joint Account.
She competed regularly at top shows in the country, such as the Washington (D.C.) International, the Pennsylvania National and the National at Madison Square Garden (N.Y.).

Ms. Arnhold taught pre-school for 20 years in Bethel and also at the Berlitz Schools in Westport, Conn., and Stamford, Conn. In addition to riding, she was also an avid skier.

She’s survived by her parents, Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, and her brother, John.

Memorial donations may be made to The Equus Foundation Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880 or to Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, 310 Peach Lake Road, Brewster, NY 10509-1715.   

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