Equestrian Gets First In Opening Show At URI

Oct. 3, 2005

Kingston, RI - The equestrian team opened up their 2005-06 season with a first place finish in a closely contested match between Brown, Johnson and Wales and UConn at the URI show Saturday, October 1.

The show opened up with open fences where sophomore Whitney Keefe led the Brown riders with a first place finish. Senior Jamie Peddy rode her way to a third place finish while senior Alexis Gilbard finished up in sixth place. After the first division the Bears found themselves one point ahead of UConn and one point behind Johnson and Wales. Junior point rider Marissa Geoffroy's first place finish, was enough to point her up into open, while classmate Grace Peloquin turned in a second place finish. Senior Ariana Arcenas came in second on novice fences while sophomores Amy Cameron and Kim Mickenberg each finished in fifth place in their respective classes. Point rider, junior Mallory Kass finished in fourth place for the Bears.

In open flat, Gilbard had a strong second place finish, while Keefe placed third. Peddy finished the event in fourth and junior Jess Mendelson had a good ride, but placed fifth. In intermediate flat, Geoffroy got her second first place finish of the day, giving her enough points to compete in open flat for the next show, while senior Rachel Roemer came in second for Brown. Cameron led the Bears in novice flat, finishing up in first place while point rider Mickenberg came in second. Kass, senior Dana Liljegren, and junior Rachel Lubin finished fifth, sixth and seventh in their respective classes.

In advanced walk trot canter sophomore Katie Goetz only needed one point to point up into novice coming into this weekend's show. Goetz finished with a first place finish, giving her the points she needed to advance to novice. Point rider Emily Cole, finished up in third place for beginner walk trot canter, while senior Aurora Tower finished up n fourth in her respective class.

When the scored came in Brown edged out Johnson and Wales by two points, finishing with a total of 33 points. Johnson and Wales came in second with 31 and UConn rounded out the top three with 25 points.

The Bears will return to action on October 15, when they travel to Waterbury, CT for the Teikyo Post Show.