The Equestrian Team Places 4th out of 12

March 9, 2004

The Brown Equestrian team competed in their second show of the spring semester Sunady, March 7 at the University of Connecticut and placed 3rd out of 12 teams. The Bears remain in third place in the region with 272 points behind Roger Williams with 288 points and the University of Connecticut with 279 points.

On the flat in the open competition, Cindy Wilner won a fifth place finish and teammate Alexis Marcuvitz finished sixth and point rider Jamie Peddy came in fourth. In intermediate, point rider Amanda Burden took fourth with Jade Palamino and Gillian Heinecke both finishing first for the Bears. Katherine Warshaw-Reid took a sixth place finish as well. At the novice level, Ariana Arcenas finished second. Mallory Kass and Katie Rae each finished fifth and point rider Rachel Roemer took first for Brown.

In walk trot canter, Heidi Abrecht took second. The pressure mounted when point rider Galyn Burke drew a horse that had a problem with leads, but she rode this tough horse very carefully and got the right leads to finish second. Other top finishers for the Bears included Dana Liljegren in first, Jen Bain and Joanna Kels in third, Connie Lee and Tally Forbes in fourth and Katrina Joos in sixth. In walk trot, Anna Mori was first and pointed up to walk trot canter. point rider Jenny John won an important first place finish and Gabi Gargano and Aurora Tower each finish second.

In open jumps, point rider Jamie Peddy had another difficult draw. However, she did a great job of riding him calmly, but he broke from the canter and was hard to get moving. She did a great job, but the judge chose not to pin her. In the next open class, co-captain Leila Ledsinger won her first blue ribbon as an open rider and Jackie Bialo came in second with a perfect example of defense because they blocked the Roger Williams rider from pinning higher than fourth. Severein Brutlein came in third and Marcuvitz placed sixth. In novice fences, Warshaw-Reid won first and teammates Heiecke placed fourth and Jess Mendelson placed fifth. In her first show as a novice rider, Abrecht was first and this qualified her for a ride off for reserve high point rider with two other riders. Although she rode very well, she did not win the prize.

The Bears will return to action Saturday, March 20 when they travel to Johnson and Wales. The show will begin at 9:00 a.m.