WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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enamored of the sport she bakes special cupcakes emblazoned with equestrian images. How sweet it is! Ride to clas While the grounds at Dana Hall School in Wellesley are largely given over to classroom and administrative buildings, stables and an indoor riding ring maintain their own pride of place on campus. Dana Hall students often bring their horses to school with them, in large part because of the presence of Cookie DeSimone, who has been at the center of Dana Hall's equestrian programs for almost three decades. Under Cookie's watchful eye students learn to count strides and assume a good "hunter seat." By any other name that means riding with grace and assurance. But what Cookie's teaching is really all about, says Sarah Summers, director of the school's riding programs, is "creating sound values, recognizing that we need the ability to give as well as take, to learn compassion and what we should all care about in life." Toward that end, Dana Hall co-sponsors a "Best Buddies," riding program every summer with Natick's Bina Farm. Dedicated to serving the needs of kids with physical and developmental disabilities, Bina Farm brings upwards of a dozen children to Dana Hall to affirming experience for all involved and a chance to extend the values so wonderfully expressed by the school. 79 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e pair with riding students. The result is a life-

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