Equestrian squad places second at JWU and Trinity

Assistant Sports Editor
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This weekend, the equestrian team knew what had to be done. It had to place high, like it has all season, to maintain its lead in the region. The squad did just that, finishing second at both Johnson and Wales and Trinity College.

With damp weather, the conditions were less than favorable for riding. At Johnson and Wales on Saturday, Bruno finished just one point from first place. Liz Giliberti ’10 started the day earning second place in the Open Fences while point rider Rebecca McGoldrick ’12 also earned second place in the Intermediate Fences to give Brown 10 points through two events.

Giliberti continued her success earning a blue ribbon in the Open Flat, giving her team seven points and putting herself back in the lead for the individual Cacchione Cup. Imani Tisdale ’12 finished in second place on the day for the Bears in the Walk Trot, earning five points. The team finished the day in second place behind co-winners University of University of Connecticut and University of Rhode Island.

“Saturday’s showing was disappointing,” said Cara Rosenbaum ’12. “Sunday was more like our team, and we were much more pleased.”

Sunday’s show at Trinity brought out some of the younger talent on Brown’s squad, led by Kelsey MacMillan ’12, who earned first place in the beginner Walk Trot Canter. Katy Eng ’11 had a nice ride in the Intermediate Flat, placing third and nabbing four crucial points.

Tisdale, once again, acted as cleanup crew, earning her second high finish of the weekend and boosting the Bears from fifth to a tie for second with 30 points.

The Bears’ final regular-season show will be Saturday at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Conn. Bruno currently has a 20-point lead in the region and will look to solidify its lead heading into championship season.

“We have to go strong into this weekend,” Rosenbaum said. “Then we will be in a good spot for Zones and Nationals.”