Equestrian Sally Ann Rosenberg dies at 66

Sally Ann Rosenberg, a retired bank loan officer

Sally Ann Rosenberg, a retired bank loan officer and a prize-winning horsewoman who was a native Long Islander, died of cancer on May 26 at at the Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken, South Carolina. Photo Credit: Newsday / Don S. Forschmidt

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Sally Ann Rosenberg, a Manhasset native, made a career as a bank loan officer in Manhattan, but her passion was horses.

On Long Island, she was best known as a trophy-winning horse owner and rider. In fact, on July 4, 1976, Rosenberg and her horse were shown in a Newsday photo soaring over a hurdle. The caption read: "Sally Rosenberg of Pine Tree Farm takes a jump on Nightguide."

Rosenberg, 66, died of cancer May 26 in Aiken, S.C., where she had resided since moving there last year from the Manhasset home where she had lived her entire life. She had retired from her banking job when she was 59 and devoted her life to raising horses, relatives said.

"She quit her longtime job at the bank under early retirement so she could spend more time with her horses," said Lee Shipman, one of the four first cousins who are Rosenberg's most immediate survivors.

After selling her home on Thompson Shore Road in Manhasset last year, Rosenberg bought 4 acres in Aiken on which she planned to build a stable for her six prized horses, said Shipman, of Bethesda, Md.

"She died before she could start the project. She loved her horses and her horse crowd."

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In announcing her death, the Long Island Professional Horsemen's Association reminded its members that Rosenberg was "known as the meticulous point keeper for Long Island High Score Awards Association." The association is a horse show group.

Her body is to be cremated and the ashes shipped back to Long Island, Shipman said, adding that no date has yet been set for either.

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