Sally began riding at the age of four and qualified for Madison Square Garden at twelve and returned to the Garden as a qualifier each year until her eighteenth birthday made her ineligible for further competition on the circuit.
She was the Connecticut Junior Hunter Champion in 1976 and won the Connecticut State Open Equitation Championship for four years until her age made her ineligible.
In 1976 Sally pinned at Madison Square Garden on Willow, a horse she had trained. In the same year she and Willow won the Junior Hunter Stake class for the State of Connecticut at the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show, qualifying Willow for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Just as did her younger brother, Hal, Sally went through the demanding instructors’ course taught by her mother and father. She emerged as an instructor at sixteen and grew in stature in the ranks as an educator, commencing to teach other instructors at the age of twenty.
Following the Vita tradition, Sally has judged many open horse shows over the years. Having practiced the very fine points of horse and rider she now judges others who are taking their turn at the fences.
Known for her shy manner, patience with the novice rider and devilish good humor when playing polo, Sally represents the finest in not only the traditions of the Vita family and Shallowbrook, but the epitome in the nation’s equestrian accomplishments by American horsewomen.
She now lives in Newtown, CT with her husband, Geoff, two children, Logan and Matt. Logan is following in her mother’s footsteps, riding and showing.
Sally also exhibits her expertise as Shallowbrook’s Director of Sales, horse shows and Show Team Head Trainer. She has put together some horse and rider combinations that have gone on to win the CHJA Children’s Medal, CHJA Children’s Hunter Classic and on pony/jr. rider that ranked 5th on the national level in the Marshall and Sterling Children’s Hunter Pony Classic. She has coached many of riders that have gone on to win State Championships.