Several First Place Finishes Propel Brown to Second at the URI Show

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 Bears led the field throughout the show, ending the day in second place as a team with 34 points, just one point behind Roger Williams. Becker, Johnson and Wales and URI tied for third, with each team accumulating 31 points. Their runner-up honors stand as Brown's best finish in the fall season and are especially impressive due to the high level of competition at the barn on Saturday.

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.
The Flat event featured the same categories, with Wong taking top honors in the 7A class of the open division. In 7B, Amanda Picciotto (New York, NY) finished in fifth, while Kelsey Macpherson (Kansas City, MO) finished right behind her in sixth. Brown's intermediate and novice riders also had a very strong showing in Flat, as Tess Carter (Tuscon, AZ), Dungey, Sophia Cohen (Greenwich, CT), Hannah Smith (Purceville, VA), Buchsbaum, Alisa Berg (St. Louis, MO), McGoldrick, Rabb and Anna Fass (Baltimore, MD) all pinned in the top six in their classes. In intermediate 5D, point rider Sharpe took the top honors, while Roumimper was the point rider and runner-up in novice 3E.

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.
Walk, Trot featured two new riders on the Brown squad. Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, NY), riding in her first show, pinned fourth in 1B, while Annalia Sunderland (New York, NY) placed third in her third time out for the Bears.
At the end of the day, there were three riders at the show who captured two first place ribbons and were awarded the honor of High Point Rider. Wong took the title of Reserve High Point Rider, and her performances boosted her point total to 35 for the season. She now has a nine-point lead over Sam Epright from URI in the race to be the region's qualifier for the Cacchione Cup, and earn the chance to compete for the title of top hunter seat open rider.
Cumulatively, the Bears are sitting in the third spot in team standings with 96 points for the fall season. Roger Williams is currently in first with 120 points, while URI follows closely with 113. Brown will look to gain ground on both of these teams on Saturday, November 3rd when they take part in the Region One Show, held at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Connecticut,