Sandra Cummings Black, age 67, died Wednesday at her home in Reidsville, NC, after a courageous 12 year battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC, and North Carolina State University.
Sandy was an equestrian, and rode at Intermediate level in three day horse trials. She was a farm manager, horse trainer, dog trainer, and riding instructor. She became passionate about equine nutrition and helped many horse owners bring their horses to their full potential as well as many senior horses to live out their last years in good health.
After college Sandy, worked for the North Carolina Zoo, made life long friends there, and had many wonderful experiences with exotic animals. However, she was a strong advocate of animals remaining in their natural habitats.
Sandy loved Ocracoke Island, hiking, kayaking and riding horses with “the wind in her hair. “
She understood animals of all kinds, but specialized in horses and dogs, some would say she was an “animal whisperer.”
Sandy is survived by her sisters, Dawn Hall (Jack), and Donna Lawrance, her nieces, Beth Farrell (Chris), and Kate Lawrance (Clayton Cutler), a great nephew and two great nieces.
Special thanks are sent to Andi Deese, Dr. Eric Neijstrom, Pam Overby, Roy’s Girls and Rockingham County Hospice.
Donations may be sent to the animal organization of your choice.
Sandy’s dream was to help all animals but resigned herself to helping her
“small piece of the world. ” Contributions will become a part of that dream.
There will not be a funeral service but a small gathering of close friends to celebrate Sandy’s life - per her request.
Sandy did want to share her last wish with you: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/gallop