GALES FERRY, CONNECTICUT – The Brown equestrian team headed to Connecticut on Saturday to compete in the Regional Show, the qualifier for the Zone competition on April 6th. The Bears qualified five riders for Zones, leaving only ten spots for the other ten teams in the region, an exhibition of the team's strength and versatility.
In the first class of the day, Open Fences, senior Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) finished in first place, assuring herself a spot in the class at Zones. There were ten riders competing for two spaces in Intermediate Fences, and sophomores Hallee Foster (Menlo Park, CA) and Amanda Picciotto (New York, NY) each rode for Brown. Foster won the class, punching her ticket to Zones, while Picciotto finished fifth. Both sophomore Hailey Roumimper (Scotts Valley, CA) and senior Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI) had beautiful rides in Novice Fences, but neither pinned.
Wong also competed in Open Flat, pinning third and just missing a Zone berth in the class. In Intermediate Flat, Sharpe and senior captain Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, RI) represented Brown, and, while both had impressive performances, only Sharpe advanced to Zones, finishing in second. Foster and Roumimper competed in Novice Flat, pinning second and seventh, respectively, as Foster earned a spot at Zones in a second class.
Sophomore Hannah Estlund (Providence, RI) and senior Karolina Woroniecka (Great Neck, NY) were each tested in Walk Trot Canter, and Estlund finished in second, qualifying for Zones. Finally, junior Laura Kirk (Needham, MA) earned first place in the last class of the day, Walk Trot, sending her to the Zone Show.
Brown will take a week off from competition before returning to action on Saturday, April 6th at the Zone Show, hosted by Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Each class features the top eight riders in the zone, with the top two riders in each event moving on to National Show in May.