Olympic medalist, coach and frequent Dana Hall guest Greg Best spent February 8–20 in residence at The Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center (KSEC). Best is known for his individual and team silver medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and he placed in the top four in the 1990 Stockholm World Equestrian Games. Though he resides in New Zealand, Best spends much of his time hosting equestrian clinics the world over.
While he typically comes to Dana for shorter durations, Best’s schedule allowed for a longer visit this month, though not in his typical conditions. “Since the beginning of February, we’ve battled tough weather,” Best said, “where the horses can be difficult and it’s a challenge for the riders. It’s a novelty for me—dealing with the cold weather—but the riders deal with this each year.”
He spent his two weeks in Wellesley working with a variety of students and taking over some regular KSEC lessons. “The instructors watched me work with their people, which helps them to learn different teaching styles,” Best said.
Throughout the remainder of 2016, Best will make three more visits to Dana Hall.
"I love playing basketball at Dana. Our team is really like a family, and we’ve grown so much over the three years I’ve been on the team. My freshman year I never would have thought that we would be able to win the EIL league, but this past winter we did! What makes the team so great is how we look out for each other on and off the court. My teammates are my biggest supporters and it’s always great when we get to welcome new members onto the team. I can’t wait to be captain next year."