HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Fresh snow on the ground in New Hampshire forced the 2013 Ivy League Show to be held in doors, but the change in venue did not hamper the competition, as the five schools battled down to the wire to determine this year's champion.
The Cornell Big Red triumphed over the rest of the field, coming in first with 37 points. The Princeton Tigers finished in second with 34 points, just edging out Brown, as the Bears earned 33 points. The hosts, the Dartmouth Big Green, took fourth with 30 points and the Yale Bulldogs rounded out the field with 13 points.
Brown took an early lead, placing four riders in the Open Fences class. Sophomore Hallee Foster (Menlo Park, CA) came in sixth in 8A, and three riders finished in the top-six in 8B. Senior Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) competed as the point rider and came in second place, while senior Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, RI) and junior Kelsey Macpherson (Kansas City, MO) finished third and sixth, respectively.
Intermediate and Novice Fences featured five top-five finishes for the Bears, and senior Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI) led the way with a second place ribbon in 6A of the Intermediate class. In Novice, freshmen Elena Buchsbaum (Madison, NJ) and Hannah Smith (Purceville, VA) pinned third and fifth in 4A, while sophomore Hannah Estlund (Providence, RI) and freshman Alisa Berg (St. Louis, MO) earned fourth and fifth place in 4B. At the end of Fences, Cornell had a slim, one-point lead over Brown.
Princeton surged ahead of Brown in the Flat classes, but the Bears still had many impressive rides. In Open Flat sophomore Amanda Picciotto (New York, NY) came in fourth in 7A, while in 7B Wong took fourth and Macpherson was fifth. Sharpe, having just pointed up from Intermediate, won 7C and Dungey earned sixth place. Sharpe also competed in the championship round with the top two from each class and finished third.
Foster came in third in Intermediate Flat and freshman Tess Carter (Tucson, AZ) was fifth. Both moved on to the championship round where they finished second and fourth, respectively. In Novice Flat Buchsbaum pinned fourth in 3A, while Berg and Smith placed second and fourth in 3B. Estlund also competed, taking third in 3C. Berg also advanced to the championship round where she finished second.
Brown gained ground in Walk Trot Canter, moving into a second-place tie with Princeton as the teams headed into the final class of the day where the Tigers just outscored the Bears. In 2B-A freshman Tori Sasaki (London, England) pinned second and sophomore Meg Hassan (Exeter, NH) took third. Freshman Adele Ruppert (Kings Park, NY) claimed first place in 2B-B and freshman Emma Hall (Sheridan, NY) pinned fourth. Junior Laura Kirk (Needham, MA) pinned first in 2A-A, while freshman Aine Doyle (Newbawn, Ireland) completed a Brown sweep of the class when she took second place. The Bears had four of the six riders in the championship class, and Kirk claimed the top spot with Sasaki and Ruppert taking fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Bears will conclude the 2012-2013 season in the beginning of May when the team heads to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the ISHA National Show. Wong, Sharpe and Kirk will all represent Brown from May 2nd to 5th.