Brown Places First At All-Ivies

April 23, 2006

Ithace, NY - The equestrian team finished first at the All-Ivies Sunday afternoon, beating Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton by only two points. The show came down to the final event, Walk Trot where point rider Joyce Kwok won her class and gave Brown the first place finish.

The show started on open fences and the Bears were well represented in the first class as senior Jamie Peddy and sophomore Whitney Keefe both rode in that class. Peddy placed first, but Keefe who was the Bear's point rider finished sixth. In the second open class senior Alexis Gilbard pinned fourth, rounding out the Brown open riders. Peddy was named reserve champion in the event.

In intermediate fences senior Ariana Arcenas pinned fourth in the first class, while junior Jess Mendelson came in second after the second class and point rider Grace Peloquin placed first in the third class. Peloquin's first place finish gave her the championship in that event.

In novice fences sophomore Katie Goetz got things going for Brown, appearing in the first class and pinned fourth after a conservative ride. Junior Rachel Lubin was in the second class and had a steady ride for a fourth place finish. Point rider Courtney Pope had a strong ride, finishing in second place in her class and finished third overall in the event. Coming out of the fences events the Bears jumped out to a three point lead turning in 12 points in the first three events.

The Bears started to pull ahead on the flat events, as Brown had first place finishers in each of the three classes as Gilbard was in the first class, Keefe won the second class and Peddy came in first in the third class. Keefe won the championship for the division after a ride off with the top four riders.

In intermediate flat Peloquin took first in her class and went on to win the championship while Pope pinned third in her respective class and just missed the ride off.

In novice flat Goetz was Brown's point rider in a strong class and finished in fifth place while Lubin came in fourth in her class. Brown still held an edge on the final score tally as the Bears recorded 26 points, but Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton were close on their heels heading into the final two events.

The walk trot canter, a strong event fro Brown, point rider Sarah Morris was strong in the first direction, but had a tough going in the second finishing in fourth place. Freshman Leona Rosenblum won her class and later the championship and the Bears found themselves tied with Dartmouth both posting 29 points going into the final event.

Brown breathed a sigh of relief when they saw that Dartmouth's point rider came in fourth giving them a chance to take over first place all alone. Kwok just had to finish anywhere in the top four to give Brown the win, but did better and won the championship in the event.