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Photos: Blind rider preps for, wins Lloyd Harbor horse show

Suzanne Ament, 60, is a legally blind rider in dressage. The Virginian won the top prize in an equestrian show Saturday at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Historic Park. Because Ament cannot see much beyond light and darkness, she uses volunteers' voices as directional guides.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, praises her
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, praises her horse after their workout at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Thursday.

Suzanne Ament shares a moment with Dante after
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Suzanne Ament shares a moment with Dante after practicing Thursday for a dressage competition at Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, listens to
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, listens to the letters being called out to direct her to the right location on Thursday in advance of a Saturday horse show at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday in advance of a Saturday horse show at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday in advance of a Saturday horse show at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, on her
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, on her horse Thursday getting instructions from Para-Equestrian Dressage trainer Ana O'Brien, while preparing for her Saturday competition aboard Dante's Perfect Storm, owned by Jame Panagi, at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, gets instructions
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, gets instructions from trainer Ana O'Brien while preparing for her upcoming competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Thursday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, pictured practicing
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, pictured practicing Thursday, participated in a horse show at Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday
Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, practices Thursday in advance of a Saturday horse show at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, mounts her
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, mounts her horse while preparing for her upcoming competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Thursday.

Suzanne Ament, center, getting dressed for her workout
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Suzanne Ament, center, getting dressed for her workout Thursday with assistance from trainer Ana O'Brien, at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, with trainer
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, with trainer Ana O'Brien before her competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, gets help
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, gets help with her jacket from trainer Ana O'Brien before her competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, waits before
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, waits before her competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, does a
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, does a walk-through on Dante at the start of her competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, during her
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, during her dressage competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, with trainer
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Suzanne Ament, a blind dressage competitor, with trainer Ana O'Brien moments before the start of the dressage competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

Para-Equestrian Dressage trainer Ana O'Brien wipes the tears
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Para-Equestrian Dressage trainer Ana O'Brien wipes the tears from her eyes after Suzanne Ament completed her dressage competition at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor Saturday.

Suzanne Ament shares a moment with Dante after
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Suzanne Ament shares a moment with Dante after she completed her dressage competition at Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Lloyd Harbor on Saturday.

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