GALES FERRY, CT – On Saturday, October 27th, the Brown University Varsity Equestrian team competed in the URI Horse Show at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. The show featured schools from Zone One, Region One of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, as Assumption College, Becker College, UMASS Dartmouth, Johnson and Wales University and Roger Williams University joined Brown and URI, and many riders from all of the schools had the opportunity to compete in a variety of events.
The Fences competition featured three divisions: open, intermediate and novice. In the open division, point rider Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) won the class, while Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, RI) came in third. In the intermediate division, Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI) came in second in 6A, while point rider Hailey Roumimper (Scotts Valley, CA) pinned fifth. Novice Fences featured several Bears, with Lenya Jackson (Huntington, VT) pinning second in 4B, Sophia Rabb (Weston, MA) finishing first in 4C and Elena Buschsbaum (Madison, NJ) taking top honors in 4D. Charlotte McGoldrick (Virginia Water, England) began her ride in 4A on a pony named Whicker, who tripped and fell shortly into her time on the course. McGoldrick was able to re-ride on Blue and recovered nicely, pinning fourth in her class.
There were also several impressive performances in the Walk, Trot, Canter event, beginning with Sarah Gonzalez (Los Angles, CA) in the advanced division. She pinned first in 2BA and pointed up to novice, while Kappi Patterson (Botswana, South Africa) finished in second place in 2BD. In the beginner division, Meg Hassan (Exeter, NH) and Emma Hall (Sheridan, NY) placed first in their respective divisions, while Adele Ruppert (Kings Park, NY) pinned second in 2AA and Vivian Hsiao (Saratoga, CA) took third place honors in her first show in Walk, Trot, Canter.