Sue Knight was my teammate on the Cornell Polo Team in the 80s.  She was a fantastic horsewoman and one of my closest friends. In January of 2013, Sue died by suicide.

She suffered from a terrible illness. The illness is called depression. Many of her friends did not even know that Sue was ill. She hid it, wanting to always appear as a strong and fearless polo player. How can a polo player get the blues like that?  They are active, busy, pursuing a sport that they love and do well in, and look to be the picture of health and fitness.  But, it happened. It happens.

Our polo club wanted to do something both as a tribute to Sue, and to help others who might be suffering silently as she was.

Starting in 2013, and every year since save one, we teamed up with Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service of Tompkins County, the Central NY Polo Club, and the Cornell Polo Club to host a benefit polo game to remember Sue and spread the word.

Ann Michel

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