Sarah Summers '98
Director of the Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center
Sarah Summers grew up in Southeast Asia and began her riding career at Arthayasa Stables in Indonesia. While a boarding student at the Dana Hall School, she became a student of Cookie DeSimone. She continued her education at Tufts University and captained the Tufts Equestrian Team her junior and senior years. After graduation, Summers returned to Dana Hall as an instructor and member of the barn staff and subsequently was promoted to Director of The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center. At the Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center, Summers has coached under Cookie DeSimone, Olympic riders Greg Best and Bobby Costello, and world-class rider Candice King. In addition to teaching and coaching the Dana Hall Equestrian Team, she also coaches Dana Hall riders at their horse shows. Summers is committed to fostering a team environment where our students can emerge as strong riders and young women throughout their time at Dana Hall.
Carly Corbacho grew up down the street from Dana Hall and has been riding at Dana Hall since she was seven years old. She was a member of the Dana Hall Interscholastic team for seven years and also competed across the east coast on her own horses in both the hunters and equitation. Corbacho has been a ribbon winner at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, as well as the Washington International Horse Show. Corbacho graduated from Boston University's Questrom School of Business in 2015 with a degree in Marketing and Information Systems. At Boston University, Corbacho captained the equestrian team her junior and senior year, and in 2015, she finished reserve champion in the prestigious Cacchione Cup at the IHSA National Finals. Corbacho has been working as a full-time coach at Dana Hall since 2015. She has trained under the guidance of Cookie DeSimone, Olympic riders Greg Best and Bobby Costello, as well as world-class rider Candice King. In addition to coaching the IEA team and the Babson IHSA team, Corbacho also coaches Dana Hall riders at their horse shows.
Francesca Stufano '14
Horse Care Coordinator
Francesca Stufano is a 2014 graduate of Dana Hall School. She began riding at Dana Hall at the age of six and was actively involved in their riding program throughout her high school career. Stufano was co-captain of Dana Hall’ IEA team for three years, and she competed at USEF-rated shows throughout New England. At Dana Hall, Stufano was the recipient of both the Elaine Betts Award and the Riding Cup. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Equine Sciences in 2018. While there, Stufano had the opportunity to learn from many equine professionals in the fields of nutrition, disease management, and exercise physiology and rehabilitation. Stufano has been working full-time as Dana Hall’s Horse Care Coordinator and coach since 2018. She coaches Dana Hall’s AEL team and leads the internship program.
Lia Chafee is a lifelong rider who competed as a junior under the tutelage of Linda Langmeier at the Ethel Walker School. As a junior, she earned top honors in both the equitation and junior jumpers at shows such as WEF, Devon, Lake Placid, Saratoga, Harrisburg, and the National Horse Show. Chafee then went on to Texas A&M University, where she was recruited for their Division 1 Equestrian Team, and she still holds the record as the winningest hunt seat rider in team history. As a captain of the team, Chafee helped guide the team to four consecutive National Championship titles; she was also a two-time individual All-American. As a professional, Chafee has gained a wide range of experience at large shows and sales barns.
Dani Corkill is a lifelong horsewoman who joined the Dana Hall School team in 2021. She is an instructor and Coordinator of Special Programs, including the IEA Team and our summer academy and horsemanship programs. Corkill has a wealth of experience in coaching both IEA and IHSA teams, including her most recent role as Head Coach of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Riding Team. She has coached numerous IEA and IHSA riders to national championships. Corkill grew up showing competitively in the hunter divisions throughout New England and has numerous tricolors to her name. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Corkill has a passion for and belief in the power of high-achieving all-girls institutions.