Dorothy “Dot” Sachey, a lifelong horsewoman and educator, died peacefully on Nov. 5. She was 88.
Mrs. Sachey was a native of New York, graduated from St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) and was a civilian worker for the Army in Charleston, S.C., during World War II. There she met and married Michael “Doc” Sachey in October of 1945. She and Doc were happily married for 50 years when he passed away
Mrs. Sachey will be remembered as an exceptional horsewoman, always interested in learning and sharing her knowledge with others. Her many students at Cherry Meadow Farm on Long Island developed their interest in learning and dedication to horses through her instruction. She also organized field trips with them to the U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., and numerous horse shows, foxhunts and events.
She was an avid supporter of the USET, hosted and organized many horse shows for its benefit, and volunteered at major competitions held at Gladstone, Chesterland (Pa.) and Radnor (Pa.). Mrs. Sachey was quoted in the magazine The Horsemen’s Exchange in 1975: “Cherry Meadow Farm would hope to embody the spirit of learning so that, in the final analysis, our equine friends will also be the benefactors as a result of considerate use and care.”
Her fairness, honesty and compassion with students and horses were her trademarks and lasting legacies.
She’s survived by her daughter Margot Sachey Aronson, her son Don Sachey and their families.
A memorial celebrating her life will be held in Pennsylvania in the spring of 2008. Those interested in attending may e-mail for details (email@example.com). Memorial donations may be made to Sebastian Riding Associates Inc., 3589B Water Street Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426.