Young Equestrians Lost in CT Shooting

Young Equestrians Lost in CT Shooting

Updated December 18, 201

They’re now riding horses in heaven.

Six year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard was a budding equestrian with a passion for animals. She was one of four young riders taken far too quickly in Friday’s unthinkable mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Nicole Imbriglio from The Ridge Equestrian Center was her instructor and writes, “Sometimes when a child enters your life, you never know how they will touch your heart. Catherine was such a tiny little girl, with a HUGE ability to light up your day with amazing happiness.”

Catherine’s parents, Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard told the Stamford Advocate, “We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter… and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy. We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy.”

Her parents say she wanted to open an animal rescue one day. For those interested in remembering Catherine, her parents have recommended making a donation to their local animal rescue, The Animal Center, Inc.

Avielle Richman (left) took horseback riding lessons at Zoar Ridge Stables. The six year-old rode a pony named Betty twice a week. Her trainer, Annette Sullivan said she would “giggle when she trotted” and liked to wear her pink cowboy boots. Sullivan also told the Connecticut Post, “she was the most delightful little girl you ever met in your life.”

Jesse Lewis lived on the Wild Rose Farm with his mother. He had been in the saddle since before

his second birthday. He was only 6 years-old. His family says he loved playing with all of the animals at the stable.
Jessica Rekos (bottom left) was also a horse crazy little girl. “Jessica loved everything about horses,” her parents, Rich and Krista Rekos said in a statement.
“She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses.” When she turned 10, they promised, she could have a horse of her own. For Christmas, she asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and hat.

These first graders were among 20 children killed when a shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Six adults were also slaughtered.

We remember all of the children who are now angels along with their teachers and facilitators who bravely tried to protect them from an evil that we won’t ever understand.

The criminal investigation is on-going as the country continues to search for answers.