Equestrian Wins Region For Third Straight Year

April 5, 2002

NEW LONDON, CT -- The Brown equestrian team finished first at the Johnson & Wales show on March 23 before placing third at Connecticut College on March 30 to secure its third straight Region I title.

The Bears began spring break by dominating the Johnson & Wales Show, scoring 44 out of a possible 49 points, to beat rival University of Connecticut by 17 points. Brown earned twelve blue ribbons, including a double victory and the High Point Rider Award from Amanda Forte ('02). At Connecticut College on March 30, Brown finished off Region 1 with a third place finish by scoring 37 points. The Bears end the season in first with 380 points, followed by UConn with 343, and Connecticut College with 331.

Brown's impressive regular-season finish was marked by strong individual performances in all divisions. Winning blues in the open division were co-captain Elizabeth Quadros ('02), Sarah Markowitz ('02), and Forte. In the intermediate division, co-captain Chelsea Hamilton ('03), Megan Burke ('02) and Heather McCrea ('02) all took first. Novice riders Amanda Henry ('02), Ann Rundquist ('02), and Leah Neuhauser ('03) were also victorious. Katja Goldflam ('02), Rachel Pepper ('02), Amanda Burden ('04), and Rebecca Barker ('05) placed first in walk-trot-canter. In the walk-trot division, Galyn Burke ('05) and Jennifer Fauth ('05) each won blue.

As regional champions, the third straight under Coach Michaela Scanlon, Brown will send a team to zones on Saturday, April 13, to take on the other top-finishing teams in New England to earn the right to compete at nationals.

Brown will also send nineteen riders to compete individually at regionals this Saturday, April 6, at UConn. First and second place finishers at regionals will travel to Stoneleigh-Burnham in Massachusetts on April 13 for the zones competition, where they will compete as individuals for the chance to go to nationals. Representing Brown in the open division are Forte, the individual high point rider in Region 1 and last year's national champion, Markowitz, and Quadros. Competing in the intermediate division are Megan George ('02), Kate Segarra ('02), Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll ('03), Jackie Bialo ('04), and McCrea (in flat). McCrea will also compete in novice fences, along with other novice competitors Megan Burke, Debbie Yoon ('02), Cindy Willner ('03), and Hamilton. Caroline Preston ('02), Henry, Rundquist, and Neuhauser will compete in walk-trot-canter. Goldflam and Pepper will compete in the walk-trot division.