October 1, 2007

Brown Takes First Place Again at Windcrest, Extends Region Lead

Oct. 1, 2007

Warren, RI - For the second week in a row, the Brown equestrian team finished in first place, this time taking victory at Windswept Farm, its home barn. The Bears co-hosted the show with Roger Williams, which finished second with 34 points to Bruno's 38. With the win giving them a season total of 80 points, the Bears increased their points lead from just three points to 20. Roger Williams is now in second place at 60 points, with Rhode Island and Connecticut just behind at 59.

Sophomore Emma Bogdonoff (New London, CT) won a ride-off for high point rider against two Intermediate riders, which she qualified for with a first-place ribbon in Novice Flat and a third-place in Novice Fences. The Bears now hold a 19-point lead over Connecticut in Region 1.

Sunday's show opened with the flat events. Freshman Brianne Goutal (New York, NY), in her first show as Brown's Open point rider, got things started with a third-place ribbon in Open Flat, which sophomore Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, DC) matched in Intermediate. Bogdonoff followed with her blue ribbon to bring the Bears within two points of Johnson & Wales.

In Walk Trot Canter, senior Kristen Beck (Basking Ridge, NJ) earned a sixth-place ribbon, which proved to be Brown's drop. A pair of blue ribbons followed from senior Stephanie Carmack (Pawcatuck, CT) and Goutal in Walk Trot and Open Fences, respectively. Giliberti and Bogdonoff then finished off the win with a second and a third in their respective Fences divisions.

Senior co-captain Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) rode well, taking second-place ribbons in both Open events. Freshman Allegra Aron (Burlingame, CA) was impressive in her collegiate debut, winning her class of Intermediate Flat and pinning fourth in Open Fences. Irmak Tasindi (Istanbul, Turkey) won her class of Novice Fences, while junior co-captain Hayley Goldbach (Belmont, MA) and sophomore Tanya Lee (Johannesburg, South Africa) took second in their respective Novice Flat classes.

Five Brown riders also qualified for Regionals, reaching the 35-point mark in just their second show: Giliberti in Intermediate Flat and Fences, senior Amy Cameron (Andover, MA) in Novice Flat, senior Kelly Qu (Irvine, CA) and junior Leona Rosenblum (New York, NY) in Walk Trot Canter, and Carmack in Walk Trot. Walk Trot Canter riders Beck, Qu, and Rosenblum also all pointed up to Novice.

Brown Rider Results

Open Flat
Brianne Goutal (point rider) - 3rd
Whitney Keefe - 2nd

Intermediate Flat
Elizabeth Giliberti (point rider) - 3rd
Allegra Aron - 1st
Katie Goetz - 5th

Novice Flat
Emma Bogdonoff (point rider) - 1st
Tanya Lee - 2nd
Hayley Goldbach - 2nd
Tessa Lee - 6th
Amy Cameron - 4th

Walk Trot Canter
Kristen Beck (point rider) - 6th (dropped)
Kelly Qu - 3rd
Leona Rosenblum - 4th

Walk Trot
Stephanie Carmack (point rider) - 1st
McCall Lewis - 3rd

Open Fences
Brianne Goutal (point rider) - 1st
Allegra Aron - 4th
Whitney Keefe - 2nd

Intermediate Fences
Elizabeth Giliberti (point rider) - 2nd

Novice Fences
Emma Bogdonoff (point rider) - 3rd
Irmak Tasindi - 1st
Amy Cameron - 4th

Final Standings: Brown 38, Roger Williams 34, Rhode Island 29, Johnson & Wales 24, Connecticut College 22, Rhode Island College 21, Connecticut 20, Wesleyan 19, Post 17, Central Connecticut State 12, Trinity 10

Region 1 Season Standings: Brown 80, Roger Williams 60, Connecticut 59, Rhode Island 59, Johnson & Wales 47, Connecticut College 46, Post 43, Wesleyan 35, Trinity 33, Central Connecticut State 29, Rhode Island College 29