Sports

Equestrian rides to the top

By
Contributing Writer
Thursday, October 15, 2009

The equestrian riders took matters into their own hands at their home show this weekend with a strong win, earning them first place in the show as well as in the Region 1, Zone 1 season standings.

Brown’s tally of 43 points bested URI’s 34 and UConn’s 32, bringing their season total to 77, four points ahead of second place URI.

The competition began with the Flat divisions. Because of Bruno’s extremely strong day, Liz Giliberti’s ’10 score in the Open Flat was dropped, but she made up for it later with a good ride in the Open Fences.

Following Giliberti, Emma Bogdonoff ’10, the pointed rider in Intermediate Flats, took the blue ribbon earning seven points for the Bears. Rebecca McGoldrick ’12 then won in the Novice Flat for the second straight week.

Entering the Fences with 14 points after a strong showing in the Flats, Brown made an even stronger statement, tallying 18 points. Giliberti started off with a third place finish in the Open division. Rachel Griffith ’10 followed with a first place as the pointed rider in the Intermediates.

Finally, Allison Dungey ’13, who took second last weekend, bettered her performance with a blue ribbon and added seven more points to the Bears’ total. Entering the final three divisions, the Bears had a total of 32 points, only two shy of last week’s total.

Marisa Fuerst ’12 rode a horse that was less than cooperative, but still managed to take third place in the Walk-Trot-Canter — good for four more points. Rebecca de Sa ’10 ended the day on a positive note, once again taking first for the Bears in Walk-Trot.

The only home competition of the year was a success, with beautiful weather all day. Nevertheless, it was a hectic day, as the riders all had hosting responsibilities outside of their own competitions.

The Bears will be back in action on Halloween at Connecticut College.