Nancy Pugh Later is a highly successful FEI competitor, but interestingly, when asked about her highlights for 2007, it wasn't a competitive win that first came to mind, but her involvement in fundraising. Nancy is a strong believer in supporting good causes helping to raise money for numerous charities.
Most prominent in her mind in 2007was her Grand Prix freestyle exhibition during a fundraiser for the Bear Spot Foundation at Bear Spot Farm in Concord, Massachusetts. The Foundation provides therapeutic services for children, adolescents and their families. Nancy has been very supportive of the Foundation and its CADI (Children of the America’s Dressage Invitational).
Maggie Batievsky, one of the organizers of CADI, had high praise for Nancy’s support saying that it is “an example of how a generous, open-minded and serious equestrian´s work can make a difference in the development and love of the sport in future generations. The North American coaches and riders who took part in this event not only donated their high-level trained dressage horses to the children who traveled from South, Central American and the Islands FEI Groups to compete, but also assisted in coaching them during the week, all the way from barn management skills to polishing their freestyle presentation, and interacted very positively with the accompanying parents and tutors from their countries.”
Batievsky served as translator for Nancy as she coached Venezuelan rider Maria Waleska, who has since taken additional training with Nancy.
In addition to supporting good causes, what also excites Nancy are the opportunities that come her way to enjoy some great horses. She lists among her 2007 highlights the opportunity to train and compete with Wasmut for owners Mary and Lynn Evangeliste. “He is a really powerful horse and it was amazing to have the opportunity to show him for a bit,” Nancy said.