March 12, 2006
Warren, RI - The equestrian team's 38 points were just two shy of first place as Roger Williams tallied 40 points for the first place finish this weekend. The bears were able to beat UConn by five points, cutting the regional deficit to 28 points. Brown will have their work cut out for them trying to regain the lead with only two shows to go before Regionals.
Brown opened up on open flat where senior Ariana Arcenas and freshman Cody Auer finished second and third in the first class of the day. In the second class senior point rider Jamie Peddy came in first while Whitney Keefe finished forth in a highly competitive third class with fellow Cacchione Cup contenders. In the final open class senior Alexis Gilbard came in fifth in another strong class of riders. Brown jumped out to a 7-1 lead over UConn after its point rider placed sixth.
The Bears day got better as senior point rider Rachel Roemer placed second in her intermediate flat class, while the UConn's finished sixth, giving Brown a 14-2 lead.
In novice flat, senior Dana Liljegren finished sixth in the first class of the event, while senior Mallory Kass pinned first in the second and senior Anna Mori finished third in the next class. In the fourth class sophomore point rider Katie Goetz had a tough draw and did not place, but the Bears were still ahead by six with the drop. In the last novice class senior Jenny John placed fifth and sophomore Emma Clippinger placed sixth.
In open fences the Bears swept the blue ribbons, as all three riders in all three classes finished first, lead by pointer rider Peddy. Also coming in first was Gilbard who beat out several Cacchione Cup riders, and Keefe who competed in the third class. Brown still held a six point lead over UConn as the score was 19-13.
In intermediate fences the UConn point rider won her class to cut the Brown lead to four points after point rider Roemer placed second.
In a tough novice fences Mori's second place pin was the best Brown did as Lijlegren and point rider Kass had tough draws as Liljegren placed sixth and Kass did not place at all.
In the beginner walk trot canter point rider sophomore Kelly Qu pinned first while freshman Hayley Goldback came in second in the first class of the event. In the second class freshman Krmak Tasindi pinned first and sophomore Rosie Bogan was second.
In walk trot canter sophomore Stephanie Syc got things started off in a good way for the Bears pinning first in the first class. After a tough fifth place finish in the second class the Bears point rider sophomore Kristin Beck came in first, while the UConn rider came in second for the 38-33 final.
The Bears will return to action on Saturday March 18th when they compete in the Johnson & Wales Show in Rehoboth, MA.