Equestrian Sends Seven Individuals, Team to Zones

April 9, 2002

STORRS, CT -- Seven riders from the Brown equestrian team qualified for Zones as individuals by placing first or second on April 6, at Regionals, hosted by the University of Connecticut.

Brown will send the largest delegation of riders from Region I, as all nine other teams combined are sending only nine additional riders.

In the open fences, senior co-captain Elizabeth Quadros qualified for Zones by placing first. Fellow senior Amanda Forte took third place. Junior Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll placed sixth in intermediate fences, and senior Heather McCrea took third in novice fences.

In the walk-trot division, senior Katja Goldflam qualified for Zones with a second-place finish and senior Rachel Pepper took fifth. In walk-trot-canter, senior Amanda Henry qualified for Zones by placing second, and fellow senior Caroline Preston took fourth.

Brown swept the Zone-qualifying places in novice flat, with a first place finish from sophomore Cindy Willner and a second place showing from senior Megan Burke. Senior Debbie Yoon took sixth. Staveley-O'Carroll qualified for Zones by placing second in intermediate flat, and senior Kate Segarra took fourth. Forte qualified for Zones with a second place finish in open flat, and senior Sarah Markowitz placed third.

In addition to the seven riders competing individually, Brown, as Region I Champions, will also send one rider in each class to the team competition at Zones. Representing Brown in walk-trot will be freshman Galyn Burke. Sophomore Amanda Burden will compete in walk-trot-canter and Preston will compete in novice fences and novice flat. Willner will compete in intermediate flat, and McCrea will compete in intermediate fences. Forte will represent Brown in open flat and open fences.

At the show on Saturday, Brown received the High Point College Award for the third straight year, and Forte received her third straight High Point Rider Award. Forte, the defending national champion, will compete for the Cacchione Cup at Nationals, a competition reserved for the High Point Rider from each region.

Riders that place first or second at Zones on April 13 at Stoneleigh-Burnham in Massachusetts will qualify for Nationals. Brown will also compete as a team for the right to qualify for Nationals. Last year, the Bears made history as the first Ivy League team to compete at Nationals, where they placed fifth.