April 7, 2009
South Hadley, MA - The Brown equestrian team competed at Zones over the weekend, just missing qualifying for Nationals as a team, although both juniors Liz Giliberti (Washington, D.C.) and Kona Shen (Seattle, WA) qualified individually. Bruno was shy of the required second place finish by only three points, trailing Stonehill by a final margin of 38-35. Mount Holyoke, with the home-field advantage, won the event with 46 points.
Giliberti led off the day for the Bears, pinning second in Open Fences with a solid ride. Junior Rachel Griffith (Merrimack, N.H.) then followed in the Intermediate Fences, giving Brown another impressive ride as she also took second. Both Stonehill and Holyoke were riding well in the first two events, however, with each taking a first to keep the scores tight. After a tough draw in Novice Fences gave Brown a fourth, sophomore Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA) took third in the Intermediate Flat to keep the Bears in it.
After another fourth in Novice Flat, Brown found itself trailing Holyoke and Stonehill by seven and six points respectively, and needing to make a move. Freshman Cara Rosenbaum (Bedford, N.Y.) came up big for the Bears in the Walk Trot Canter, pinning first in a difficult class to close the margin on the competition. Shen then followed by winning the individual Walk Trot, qualifying her for Nationals although it did not count towards the team score.
Though Brown had a chance over the final two events, another tough draw led to a fourth in team Walk Trot, essentially eliminating the Bears from a top-two position. With a second in the Open Flat, Stonehill was able to hold off Brown, finishing second to qualify for Nationals.
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Volo Farm to compete at the Ivy League Championships.