South Strafford, Vt. — Cynthia White Maclay was born April 13, 1952 and passed away on April 19, 2017.
Cindy fell in love with Vermont on family skiing trips when she was a young girl. In the early 1960s, it was the long, beautiful trips up Route 100 to the Sugarbush and Glen Ellen area and in the late 1960s it was the scenic trip up Route 30 to the Stratton Mountain area that deepened her love for the state that she would end up calling home. One winter, while ski bumming at Stratton Mountain, she brought her horse up with her. Cindy found that riding her horse on the back roads of Vermont was spectacular.
After graduating from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, Va., she moved to Hamilton, Mass. to teach horseback riding and to train horses. This eventually brought her to South Stratford, Vt. to the horse trials at Huntington Horse Farm. A few years later, she bought a horse from Huntington and brought him back to Massachusetts to train. In the mid-70s she moved to Strafford to work at Huntington Horse Farm and lived in Strafford or South Strafford ever since. Cindy obtained her private pilot's license in 1996. She loved to fly the skies of Vermont and would say "If you think it's pretty down here, you should see it from up there."
She is survived by her loving, patient husband Rod Maclay and her two sons, Willis and Peter Phelps, and their families. Her four beautiful grandchildren have brought her so much joy over the years and inspired her to live as long as she could to see them grow up and mature into such wonderful people.
It was Cindy’s wishes to have no public services.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Rd # 40, Williston, VT 05495.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.