TIVERTON, R.I. – Freshman Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) pinned first in open fences and senior Sophia Rabb (Weston, Mass.) took first in novice fences at the Region One Finals at Claddagh Farm on Saturday, earning a chance to represent Brown equestrian at the Zone One Finals on April 5.
Thirteen riders represented the Bears at the regional finals after qualifying at the Region One Show on March 22, and Brown's baker's dozen competed for one of two Zones qualifying spots in each division. Baughen and Rabb secured bids with their top-spot finishes, while sophomore Tess Carter (Tucson, Ariz.) and Rabb placed third on intermediate flat and novice flat, respectively, to narrowly miss Zones qualification.
Baughen's open fences ride on Calvin and Rabb's novice fences performance on Jenny took top honors, while Carter and Rabb both got a call back before taking third in their events. In the field of 15 riders over three walk trot canter divisions, all Brown participants finished in the top 10, led by senior Laura Kirk (Needham, Mass.) who handled Dunkin to a seventh-place showing. Walk trot completed the day and senior Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, N.Y.) had a strong ride on Milo to place seventh.
Baughen and Rabb will compete at Zones on Saturday, April 5, at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass. The pair will aim to pin first or second in the events in order to qualify for the 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, which will be held on May 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.