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Greenwich's Round Hill Nursery School Saddles Up For Western Day

Round Hill Nursery School student Grace O'Sullivan, 3, rides, Hunny, 16, a Shetland Pony mix during Western Day at the school Friday. Also pictured is Jessica Pavella, who is guiding the pony.
Round Hill Nursery School student Grace O'Sullivan, 3, rides, Hunny, 16, a Shetland Pony mix during Western Day at the school Friday. Also pictured is Jessica Pavella, who is guiding the pony. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Grace O'Sullivan, in cowboy hat, and other friends from the Round Hill Nursery School wait for a ride on a pony during Western Day at the school Friday.
Grace O'Sullivan, in cowboy hat, and other friends from the Round Hill Nursery School wait for a ride on a pony during Western Day at the school Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Everett Holligan, 4, rides Hunny, a 16-year-old Shetland Pony mix, during Round Hill Nursery School's annual Western Day Friday.
Everett Holligan, 4, rides Hunny, a 16-year-old Shetland Pony mix, during Round Hill Nursery School's annual Western Day Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Earl the pig briefly looks up from eating for a photograph at Round Hill Nursery School's annual Western Day Friday.
Earl the pig briefly looks up from eating for a photograph at Round Hill Nursery School's annual Western Day Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Children from the Round Hill Nursery School play with animals in the petting zoo during the annual Western Day at the school Friday.
Children from the Round Hill Nursery School play with animals in the petting zoo during the annual Western Day at the school Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Grace O'Sullivan is an old hand at riding ponies.

The 3-year-old student at Round Hill Nursery School in Greenwich was dressed in a cowboy hat and boots as she rode Hunny, a 16-year-old Shetland Pony mix, during the school's annual Western Day.

"Having fun," she said shortly after her ride Friday morning as she said she's ridden ponies before.

The nursery school has the annual Western Day to mark the end of the year, said school director Mindy Dudley.

"It's a feel good end of year event for our students," she said. "There's no purpose other than to have a good time and wrap up a great school year. Just to give kids, the pre-schoolers a fun day."

The school, which was founded in 1946 and is celebrating its 70th anniversary, has 80 students ranging in age from 2-5.

The two ponies, Hunny and Willie, who are Shetland Pony mixes, along with Earl, a pig and Lois and Gary, a lamb and a goat, respectively, along with some other animals, were provided by Pied Piper Pony Rides and Petting Zoos.

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