April 23, 2007

Brown Takes Second at All-Ivy Competition

April 23, 2007

Etna, NH - In a tune up for IHSA Nationals next weekend, the Brown equestrian team placed second at the All-Ivy Competition at Dartmouth on Saturday. After falling behind four points in the fences classes, the Bears made up some ground in the five flat divisions, moving from fourth to second and nearly catching the host Big Green, who had 43 points to Brown's 40 at the end of the day. Cornell (32 points), Penn (28), and Columbia (23) followed.

Four Brown point riders took home blue ribbons. Junior tri-captain Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) won a blue in Open Flat after taking third in Open Fences earlier. Freshman Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, DC) followed Keefe with a blue ribbon in Intermediate Flat, a solid improvement after a tough draw in Fences led to her not pinning. Freshman Rachel Griffith (Merrimack, NH) made it three in a row for the Bears, taking first in her class of the Novice Flat, after she'd pinned fourth in Fences. Brown's final seven-point pin came from junior Stephanie Carmack (Pawcatuck, CT), who was first in the final class of Walk Trot. Junior Joyce Kwok (Hong Kong, China) was third in Walk Trot Canter as the Bear's other point rider.

Juniors McCall Lewis (Murray, UT) and Kristen Beck (Basking Ridge, NJ) had the Bears' other two blue ribbons, in Walk Trot and Walk Trot Canter, respectively. For the five flat divisions, there were ride-offs to determine division champions. Giliberti was the lone Bear to win, taking Intermediate Flat. Carmack and Griffith were Reserve Champions in Walk Trot and Novice, respectively. Beck was third in Walk Trot Canter, while Keefe and senior Marissa Geoffroy (New York, NY) were third and fourth, respectively, in Open.

The real test for Brown comes next week, as the Bears travel to Springfield, Mass., for the IHSA National Horse Show from May 3-6.