SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Brown equestrian freshman Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships for her performance in the open fences at the Zone One Finals at Mount Holyoke College on Saturday. Senior Sophia Rabb (Weston, Mass.) also competed in novice fences, narrowly missing national qualification. Baughen will ride on college equestrian's biggest stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday, May 1.
Baughen competed in the first class on a young mare named Sadie and earned the call back to test in a field of eight riders. The test consisted of canter for the first two jumps, countercanter for the third jump, a halt and a trot back into line. Baughen started strong and despite having a rail down, recovered well to set up the countercanter and executed the remainder of the test flawlessly.
Baughen finished second to Mount Holyoke's rider, earning a bid to the ISHA National Championships.
Rabb waited patiently for several classes before her ride in novice fences. She cleared the first two jumps cleanly before her horse chipped and knocked down a fence. Rabb took two more jumps but missed a qualifying spot to wrap up her 2014 season.
In team standings, Dartmouth placed first and Mount Holyoke took second to secure team bids to ISHAs. The Big Green becomes the second Ivy League school to send a team to Nationals, joining Brown, which has sent eight squads in team history.
Baughen will ride in open fences at the IHSA National Championships on May 1. For more information about the event, click here.