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Peri Snyderman
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Wendy Collins Gutfarb’s e-mail reminded me to mention that the Class of 1980’s 50th birthday celebration will be held on Skidmore’s campus in August 2008.

In September Andrew Philbrick celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Princeton, NJ, stable, Hunter Farms, and his running of the Princeton Jumping Horse Shows. From a local stable to competing in the Olympic trials, riding for the US Equestrian Team and five World Cup finals, Andrew never dreamed it would go so far or last this long. Hunter Farms (www.hunterfarms.us) hosts three US Equestrian Federation Grand Prix, with more to come. Andrew enjoyed seeing Skidmore polo friends at our 25th.

Andrew also reports that Ray Knox came out of retirement and went back to work. He lives in Malibu and goes kite surfing.

Six months ago Skidmore rower Jamieson Thomson Thomas moved from sweep rowing to sculling. After winning many masters medals, including nationals in 2003, she figured that sculling was a logical move to continue to push and test herself. Jamie won the Southeast Regionals in her category and hopes to make herself proud in her first year at nationals. She has put her name in the lottery for the Head of the Charles. If she ends up in Boston, Jamie would love to connect with old friends in the area.

Interior designer Rhonda Sligar Shipley’s work was a featured “Kitchen of the Month” in the September issue of House Beautiful.

You may notice a new address at the end of this column. I’ve moved to a great house across from a lake in the tiny town of Slate Hill, NY. I’m general manager for a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership about five miles away in New Hampton. Big change after 20-plus years with the General Motors product, but change can be good. If anyone lives in the area, I’d love to hear from you!