Equestrian Finishes Fifth at UMass Dartmouth Invitational
Final Standings (Top 5 Points)
1. Roger Williams 39
2. Johnson & Wales 37
3. University of Rhode Island 30
4. Clark 28
5. Brown 26
9. Holy Cross
10. Salve Regina
TIVERTON, R.I. – Freshmen Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) and Samantha Spear (Chester Springs, Pa.) and senior Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, N.Y.) each took home blue ribbons as Brown appeared to be the frontrunner at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, but the Bears dropped to fifth after walk trot canter in a strong field of 10 teams at Claddagh Farm.
Baughen got things started with a first-place ride on Captain followed by a fourth-place showing by junior Amanda Picciotto (New York, N.Y.) on Citrine in their respective open fences divisions to put Brown in front with seven points. Spear pinned first on Bandit in intermediate fences to maintain the lead, while seniors Sophia Rabb (Weston, Mass.) and Charlotte McGoldrick (Virginia Water, England) grabbed second and third in novice fences, respectively, to give the Bears 12 points overall.
Senior Kelsey MacPherson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Picciotto both rode to fifth-place finishes in open flat, but the strength of the field began to take its toll on Brown's placing and dropped the Bears to third place with 14 points. Baughen continued her solid day with fifth in the intermediate flat, while Rabb pinned second as the point rider in novice flat and freshman Clara Maynard (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) placed sixth in her first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association event to bump Brown back into second place.
Walk trot canter saw sophomore Emma Hall (Sheridan, N.Y.) nab fourth and senior Laura Kirk (Needham, Mass.) take sixth as the point rider, and a stellar showing in the walk trot rounded out Brown's day with Whittaker wearing blue, junior Annalia Sunderland (New York, N.Y.) taking second and freshman Leah Loerinc (North Dartmouth, Mass.) finishing third. Despite the trio of podium spots in the walk trot, Brown slipped behind Clark into fifth place overall.
For their efforts, sophomore Adele Ruppert (Kings Park, N.Y.) and McGoldrick pointed up a class in their respective events. Ruppert moves up to novice while McGoldrick joins the intermediate flat and fences.
Regional standings find the Bears in fourth place with 138 points, trailing Roger Williams (158), the University of Rhode Island (155) and Johnson & Wales (142).
Brown's next show is slated for Saturday, Nov. 16, hosted by Rhode Island College.