PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown equestrian team saw region rival URI jump out to an early lead at the UMass-Dartmouth show this past weekend, but the Bears roared back, tying the Rams in the second-to-last event of the day, helping to seal a first-place tie. Brown still leads URI in the overall region total for the year with just one show remaining in the regular season.
The first class of the day was open fences and both Lindsay Wong pinned first, while Jacqueline Lubrano took fourth. With the outcome, Wong only needs two points to qualify for regionals.
In the first class of the intermediate fences Anna Baker pinned second putting Brown three points behind show leading URI, which had seven points without a drop.
Elanor Sharpe competed in the first class of the novice fences and took second. Johnson & Wales enjoyed a strong even to tie URI for first with 11 points, while Brown was tied for third with six.
The first class of the open flat featured the region's three top riders in over all points: URI's Lyndsey Burns (84 points) , JWU's Katie Strandberg (71 points), and Brown's Rebecca McGoldrick (68 points). Also in the class was URI's Kayla Prefontaine (last years reserve high point rider). Despite the tough competition, McGoldrick pinned first but from increased its lead to eight points over the Bears. Total after open flat (with a drop): URI 16, JWU 13, Becker 11, Brown 8, Clark 7, RWU & UMD 6, RIC 5, Assumption 1.
Burns still leads the Cacchione Cup standings with 88 points, but McGoldrick moved into second with 75 points. Strandberg drops to third with 73 points, while Lubrano stays in fourth with 70 points.
In the first class of the intermediate flat Cara Rosenbaum only needed two points to point up and qualify for regionals and rode her way to a fourth-place finish for 3 points. Sharpe competed in the second class and won the event to help Brown into a second-place tie and move to within just three points of URI.
Total after intermediate flat (with a drop): URI 18, JWU & Becker & Brown 15, RWU 11, UMD & RIC 10, Clark 7, Assumption 1
In the second class of the novice flat Jena Tavormina pinned third, while Marissa Fuerst placed first overall as Brown moved to a single point behind URI.
Total after novice flat (with a drop): URI 23, Brown 22, Becker 19, RWU & JWU 16, RIC 13, UMD 12, Clark 10, Assumption 1
Walk-trot-canter first class point rider Hannah Denton-Estlund got second while second class rider Sarah Gonzalez pinned third as the Brown comeback continued.
Total after WTC (with a drop): URI & Brown 27, RWU 21, JWU 20, Becker & UMD 19, Clark 17, RIC 16, Assumption 8
In the walk trot, first class point rider Mary Johnson placed first in a class of seven riders as Brown held on to the first-place tie.
1. URI & Brown, 34
3. RWU, 24
4. Becker 23
5. JWU, UMass-Darmouth & RIC 21
8. Clarkson, 17
9. Assumption, 8
1. Brown, 316
2. URI, 290
3. RWU, 269
4. Becker, 266
5. JWU, 255
6. UMass-Dartmouth 217
7. RIC, 123
8. Clark, 117
9. Assumption 95
10. Holy Cross 75
Brown riders currently qualified for Regionals (total number riders qualified per division):
Open Fences (3):
Open flat (6):
Intermediate Fences (2):
Intermediate flat (8):
Novice Fences (8):
Novice Flat (15):