HEBRON, CONNECTICUT– On Saturday, November 3rd, the Brown Varsity Equestrian team competed at the Region One Show in Hebron, Connecticut. The competition was held at Windcrest Farms and featured seven different schools from Region One of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, including Brown University, Becker College, Roger Williams University, Clark University, UMASS Dartmouth, URI and Johnson and Wales University.
Brown started the day with a lead on the rest of the field, but they ultimately finished in a tie for second place with Roger Williams University, as both teams accumulated 35 points over the course of the day's events. URI took the team title with 38 points, and the top three finishers were followed by Becker with 32 points, Clark with 25 points and Johnson and Wales with 15 points.
The Bears swept the first event of the competition, taking the top three spots out of 15 competitors in the Open Fences class. Brown was led by two newcomers to the division, as Kelsey Macpherson (Kansas City, MO), riding in her first jumping class, and Halee Foster (Menlo Park, CA), competing in her first show after pointing up, finished in first and second place respectively. Point rider Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) came in third and Tess Carter (Tucson, AZ) claimed the sixth spot.
Both intermediate and novice fences saw successful rides from Brown's competitors, illuminating the depth of the program and the rapid improvement of a variety of team members. Hailey Roumimper (Scotts Valley, CA), a point rider, placed second in the intermediate 6A category, while Ellie Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI) came in fourth in the 6C division. For the novices, both Elena Buchsbaum (Madison, NJ) and Sophia Rabb (Weston, MA) pinned first in their category, with Buchsbaum claiming the title in 4B and Rabb taking first place honors in 4D. Three other riders also placed, with Alisa Berg (St. Louis, MO) taking sixth in 4A, Charlotte McGoldrick (Virgina Water, England) finishing as the runner-up in 4B and Leyna Jackson (Huntington, VA) finishing third in the 4C category.
The Flat events saw equal amounts of success for the Bears, led by Wong, the first place finisher in the 7A class of the open division. Amanda Picciotto (New York, NY) pinned sixth in the same class and Macpherson finished fifth in 7B. For intermediate riders, Foster claimed the 5A title with Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, RI) claiming runner-up honors in 5B and Carter earning the equivalent in 5C. Sharpe and Sophia Cohen (Greenwich, CT) pinned fourth in their respective categories. The novice riders rounded out the event, as Berg took the top spot in 3G. Eight other Bears pinned in this category of the discipline, with McGoldrick taking second in 3C and Roumimper claiming third place honors in the 3B class.
Concluding the day with the Walk, Trot and Walk, Trot, Canter events, the Bears continued to see growth from some of their less experienced riders. Eight riders pinned for Brown in the first of the two events, with Tory Sasaki (London, England) taking second in the 2B-C class and Emma Hall (Sheridan, NY) finishing in the same position in 2A-D. In Walk, Trot, the last event of the day, Annalia Sunderland (New York, NY) came in second in 1B, Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, NY) placed fourth in 1C, and Cheyenne Morrin (Kihei, HI) pinned fourth in 1D.
With Saturday's performance, Wong continues to increase her lead in the race for the Cachionne Cup. She has currently earned 35 points, nine more than Sam Epright from URI. An additional Brown rider has entered the race as well, as Picciotto is tied for third with Maddie Stein from Roger Williams, both with 19 points. Both girls are only in the open category on the flat, making their accomplishments even more impressive as they are beating riders who compete in the open category in both flat and fences.
Brown will partake in its last show of the fall season on Sunday, November 11, and the Bears will look to close the gap in the team standings before winter break. Roger Williams is currently in first place with 153 points, URI is holding onto the second spot with 151 and Brown rounds out the top three with 129 points. Sunday's show is co-hosted by Rhode Island College and Brown, and will be held at the Hunter Ridge Farm in Ashaway, Rhode Island.