Sandy Sternberg, who ran Pepperhill Farm in Colts Neck before retiring, died April 13 at the age of 77.
Although Sandy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 40s, she never let that dim her spirit, and was very active in fundraising to fight the disease.
“She was always so positive,” friend of the family Brooke Mallin said about the trainer, who moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., after closing her farm.
Citing Sandy’s warm nature, Brooke noted that to her, “everybody was a family member.”
Sandy’s daughter, Jill Sternberg (Hymson), was second in the 1982 ASPCA Maclay finals at Madison Square Garden and Sandy was honored in 1982 by the New Jersey Professional Horsemen’s Association.
Those who wish to make a donation in her memory should contact the South Florida chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. The email is FLS@NMSS.ORG.