Brown Equestrian Primed for IHSA Nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head coach Michaela Scanlon and the Brown Equestrian team are ready for the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship in Raleigh, N.C., May 3-6. Five riders are headed to nationals after impressive performances at Zones just a few short weeks ago.

Brown will go up against Mount Holyoke, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Alfred, Penn State, Centernary, Goucher, St. Andrews, Virginia Intermont, Savannah, Berry, Miami (Ohio), Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Findlay, Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue, West Texas A&M, Stanford, Colorado, Oregon State and Nebraska.

The Bears will be represented in eight different events at the championship. Rookie Laura Kirk (Needham, Mass.) will compete in the walk-trot, while sophomore Hannah Denton-Estlund (Providence, R.I.) takes part in the walk-trot-canter. Three other riders will each compete in two events; junior Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, R.I.) in the novice fences and intermediate flat, freshman Hallee Foster (Menlo Park, Calif.) in the novice flat and intermediate fences and sophomore Jacqueline Lubrano (Glenmore, Pa.) in the open flat and open fences.

Fans can follow the results of the three-day competition through the IHSA official website at