Sandy Rizzo, longtime resident of Huntington Station, and co-owner of West Hills Polo Club (from 1947 to 1984) of Huntington, died April 5, 2022 at the age of 94.
She was the wife of Joe Rizzo, mother to Peter Rizzo (Gwen), Maria Daly (Peter), and Stella Herzig (Carl), 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren,
She was an active participant in the polo club and with her husband of 57 years, trained and nurtured many people in the art of caring for horses and stables.
She was a pioneer in the polo world for managing the stables; and, for encouraging women to play polo and for teaching how to care for the wellbeing of horses of all types and categories. She kept in touch with hundreds of people through letters and cards, and was a loving mother and grandmother figure to all.
A picture of her riding her horse Blue Chips adorns a wall in the Museum of Polo and Polo Hall of Fame, commemorating her and her family’s long-time contribution to the sport of polo.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: ‘Work-To-Ride’ program for disadvantaged youth at Chamounix Equestrian Center, 98 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, 19131 or the Finnish American Rest Home, 1800 South Drive, Lake Worth FL 33461.