February 25, 2008

Bears Place Fifth at Wesleyan, Region Lead Cut to Seven

Feb. 25, 2008

Hebron, CT - With the Region 1 regular season coming to its final stretch, the Brown equestrian team placed fifth at Wesleyan's Windcrest Farm on Saturday, finishing 12 points behind first-place Connecticut. The result shrinks the Bears' lead in Region 1 to just seven points with two shows remaining. The first-place team at the end of the regular season qualifies for the Zone 1 Championship, from which the top two of four teams advance to IHSA Nationals.

After senior Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) finished second in Open Fences, Brown point riders struggled. Freshman Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA), fresh off winning High Point Rider the previous weekend, placed sixth in Intermediate Fences, followed by a fourth in Novice Fences from senior Irmak Tasindi (Istanbul, Turkey). On the flat, Keefe placed third in Open, sophomore Emma Bogdonoff (New London, CT) placed sixth, and Tasindi placed third. Senior Stephanie Carmack (Pawcatuck, CT) pinned fifth in Walk Trot Canter before sophomore Kona Shen (Seattle, WA) righted the ship a bit with a blue ribbon in Walk Trot.

If there was a silver lining to the show for Brown, it was that five Bears pointed out of their classes, qualifying for Regionals. In Novice Flat, Tasindi and junior Emma Clippinger (Cambridge, MA) pointed up, the latter with a blue ribbon. Three riders pointed up from Walk Trot Canter. Senior Rosie Bogan (Clinton, NY) did so with a second-place finish, senior Joyce Kwok (Hong Kong, China) did so by pinning fourth, and senior Lucia Corso (New Haven, CT) got a blue ribbon to take first in her class and point up. This makes 18 Brown riders who have qualified individually, three in both Fences and Flat.

Rounding out the blue ribbons for non-point riders were sophomore Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, DC) in Open Fences, seniors Amy Cameron (North Andover, MA) and Emily Cole (Clayton, MO) in Novice Fences, and sophomore Emily Bourdeau (Longmeadow, MA) and senior Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL) in Novice Flat.

Next weekend's show will be held on Saturday at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Conn., hosted by Connecticut College. The final show of the regular season will then take place two weeks later at Johnson & Wales' Equestrian Center in Rehoboth, Mass.

Show Results: Connecticut 38, Post 35, Rhode Island 34, Wesleyan 34, Rhode Island College 29, Brown 26, Conn. Coll. 21, Roger Williams 21, Trinity 14, Johnson & Wales 11, CCSU 10

Region 1 Standings: Brown 283, Connecticut 276, Roger Williams 219, Rhode Island 218, Post 207, Wesleyan 176, Johnson & Wales 172, Rhode Island College 162, Conn. Coll. 134, Trinity 119, CCSU 107

Brown Results (*=qualified for Regionals/pointed up):
Open Fences
Elizabeth Giliberti - 1st
Elise Fishelson - 4th
Allegra Aron - 5th
Whitney Keefe (point rider) - 2nd (5 pts)

Intermediate Fences
Dakota Gruener (point rider) - 6th (dropped)
Rachel Griffith - 4th
Emma Bogdonoff - 6th

Novice Fences
Stephanie Syc - 5th
Emily Bourdeau - 5th
Kelly Qu - 5th
Emily Cole - 1st
Emma Clippinger - 2nd
Amy Cameron - 1st
Irmak Tasindi (point rider) - 4th (3 pts)

Open Flat
Elise Fishelson - DNP
Whitney Keefe (point rider) - 3rd (4 pts)
Elizabeth Giliberti - 2nd

Intermediate Flat
Amy Cameron - 3rd
Emma Bogdonoff (point rider) - 6th (1 pt)
Rachel Griffith - 6th

Novice Flat
Emily Bourdeau - 1st
Emily Cole - 3rd
Irmak Tasindi (point rider) - 3rd* (4 pts)
Stephanie Syc - 1st
Dakota Gruener - 6th
Emma Clippinger - 1st*

Walk Trot Canter
Advanced

Rosie Bogan - 2nd*
Sarah Morris - 3rd
Jennifer Grover - 4th
Joyce Kwok - 4th*
Katie Eng - 6th
Lucia Corso - 1st*
Beginner
Vanessa Rubin - 5th
Stephanie Carmack (point rider) - 5th (2 pts)
Andrea Korb - 3rd

Walk Trot
Kona Shen (point rider) - 1st (7 pts)
Jill Griffith - 4th