Equestrian Wins Ivy Championship

May 6, 2002

HANOVER, NH -- The Brown Equestrian team brought home the Ivy championship by scoring 41 points on Saturday, April 27, at the All-Ivy Horse Show at Dartmouth College.

Columbia and Cornell tied for reserve with 36 points each, followed by Dartmouth with 25, Yale with 22, Princeton with 18, and Penn with 15. In addition to the Championship College Award, Brown also took three individual championships and two individual reserve championships.

The show began with the open jumping division, in which co-captain Elizabeth Quadros '02 and Amanda Forte '02 each placed first. Sarah Markowitz '02 took second, and Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll '03 placed third. Forte was awarded the championship for this division, Quadros took the reserve championship, and Markowitz took fifth for the division.

In the intermediate fences division, Heather McCrea '02 placed third, and Megan Burke '02 placed fourth. Burke took sixth in the championship awards. In novice fences, Caroline Preston '02 placed fourth, and Amanda Henry '02 was fifth.

Brown stood third entering the flat portion of the show. The team, however was inspired by Coach Michaela Scanlon's outstanding performance in the coach's competition, and came on strong in the flat divisions.

In the open flat, Kristin McLaughlin '03 placed first, and Forte took second. In intermediate flat, Burke placed first and co-captain Chelsea Hamilton '03 took second. In novice flat, Preston and Henry each took first place. In the walk-trot-canter division, Amanda Burden '04 placed first, and Katja Goldflam '02 took second.

Brown swept the top two walk-trot placings in both classes. Galyn Burke '05 and Cynthia Lee '05 each placed first, while Jenny Fauth '05 and Akanksha Mehta '02 were each second.

Burden won the championship in the walk-trot-canter. In the next class, the walk-trot, Galyn Burke took the championship, followed by Fauth in third, Lee in fourth, and Mehta in fifth. Preston brought home the reserve championship and Henry took fourth in the novice division. Megan Burke took fourth and Hamilton placed sixth in the intermediate. Finally, Forte added the open flat reserve championship to her open fences championship to end the day.

The Bears' success at the All-Ivy competition should provide a good warm-up and confidence-builder for this weekend's Nationals, to be held in Cazenovia, NY, May 3 through 5. Last year, Brown became the first Ivy League school to qualify for nationals, where they placed fifth.