WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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Karen Stives 1950-2015 Olympic Gold Medalist FINAL RESTING PLACE: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. RIDING FOR THE GOLD: Helped lead the American equestrian team to first-place finish in competition called three-day eventing in 1984. Won silver in individual point standings, just missing a gold when her horse clipped a fence in the show jumping event. RIDER OF THE YEAR: Won that honor three times in the 1980s from the US Eventing Association. Eventing involves a series of matches, including dressage (known as horse ballet), an obstacle course race, and show jumping. NOT SO GENTLE BEN: Described her Olympic mount, Ben Arthur, as "extremely talented, but very difficult to work with," in an interview with the local Hometown Weekly. "There was a lot of negotiation on a daily basis." OTHER HONORS: US Eventing Association and New England Women's Sports halls of fame. GENEROSITY: Donated $3.5 million in 2014 to her alma mater, Dana Hall School, in Wellesley. Her Olympic memorabilia are displayed in the school's Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center. Also gave $1 million to the US Equestrian Team Foundation. EARLY LIFE: Born in Wellesley to the former Lillian Clair, who had been an equestrian enthusiast, and Russell Wennberg, founder of the Barn, a retail shoe business. Started riding and showing ponies at age 10. 96 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 VIP, RIP (In Wellesley) Karen Stives competing P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F D A N A H A L L S C H O O L

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