March 14, 2010

Equestrian Takes Second at Johnson and Wales and Trinity

In a rare doubleheader weekend for the Brown equestrian team, the squad rode to a pair of second place finishes by the slimmest of margins, coming up just one point shy of the lead at both Johnson and Wales and Trinity.  By staying close to the leaders though, the Bears maintained a 20-point advantage in the regional season standings with just one show to go, putting Bruno firmly in the driver’s seat.

On Saturday, Brown was in action at Johnson and Wales, where senior Liz Giliberti got things off to a solid start with a second in the Open Fences.  Point rider Rebecca McGoldrick then followed with another second in the Intermediate Fences, giving Brown 10 points without a drop through two events.

Despite a tough draw in the Open Flat, Giliberti turned in another impressive ride, pinning first in her class to simultaneously earn seven points for Brown and regain the individual lead in the Cacchione Cup standings.  Elise Fishelson also turned in a good ride, earning another first for Brown in the Open Flat.  With Brown sitting in fourth near the end of the show, point rider Imani Tisdale took another second in Walk Trot, earning five crucial points to move the Bears into a tie for second overall with 32 points, just one behind co-winners URI and UConn.

In the weekend’s second show, the Bears traveled to Trinity on Sunday afternoon, where Giliberti again began the day with a second in Open Fences.  As the show unfolded though, it quickly became apparent that it would be a low scoring contest.  Katy Eng turned in a nice ride in the Intermediate Flat though, picking up a third place for four important points.

As the show neared a conclusion, some of the less experienced riders stepped up for the Bears, starting with Kelsey McMillan, who took first place in her class of the beginner Walk Trot Canter.  Tisdale then took her second high finish of the weekend, with another blue ribbon for the Bears, propelling Brown from fifth into a tie for second overall with 30 points.  CCSU won the show with 31.

The Bears will be back in action on March 20, when they co-host a show with Roger Williams at Windcrest Farm.