St. Andrews University will dedicate the Suzanne Mott Dansby Arena in a ceremony on Tuesday.
The ceremony, which the public is invited to attend, will include equestrian demonstrations in dressage, hunter jumper, western and therapeutic horsemanship disciplines in the arena used frequently for regional competitions. It begins at 2:30 p.m.
“We are dedicating the arena to express our appreciation to Stewart Dansby, an alumnus who has generously supported his alma mater for more than 35 years,” said President Paul Baldasare, “and, at Stewart’s request, we are honoring his sister, Suzanne, an internationally known and highly competitive Grand Prix dressage rider and instructor.”
Formerly competing as Suzanne Dansby-Bollman, the arena’s namesake has been listed for the USET dressage team since 2000 and served as the 2006 USET team alternate in Germany for the World Equestrian Games.
Owner of Dancing Horse Farm in Atlanta, Ga., she began riding dressage in 1984, when she returned to riding after several years away. She began a practice several years ago of donating all of her winnings to local charities while being generous in her support of the U.S. Dressage Federation Building Fund and the USEF National Grand Prix and Intermediate Championships.
“My mother’s side of the family has always been philanthropic, involved in giving back to the community,” she said. “I have served on foundation or non-profit boards all of my adult life, contributed either as a volunteer or monetarily.”
This generosity and commitment to service are shared by her brother.
“Throughout his adult life, Stewart has devoted much of his time to volunteer and charitable work,” Baldasare said. “He has remained faithful to St. Andrews. He served on our board of trustees from 1982 to 1990 and then again from 2005 to 2007. He has contributed generously to everything from scholarship support to renovations to endowed funds to general operations. He always gives in honor of others and with great humility.”
Dansby is the co-founder, owner and director of American Cadastre, Inc. He has also spent several years in his home town of Birmingham, Ala., promoting economic development and tourism for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.