Oct. 3, 2006
East Greenwich, RI - Despite earning four blue ribbons, three of which went to point riders, the Brown equestrian team finished in second at its season-opening meet on Saturday. The Bears finished behind the University of Rhode Island at the Rams' home stables by just one point, 39-38, in an 11-team show. The two teams dominated the meet, as the third-place team finished 10 points behind Brown.
Even with the four blues, the highlight of the team's day may have been a second-place finish. Competing in open fences, junior point rider Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) was bucked off her horse, which then, from some angles, appeared to scramble over her. However, Keefe escaped injury and was awarded a re-ride on another horse in the final class of the open fences division. Keefe came through with a great ride, but so did sophomore Cody Auer (Fairfield, CT) in the same class. Auer took first place, with Keefe taking second and five points for her team.
The inspiring performance marked what was a successful day overall for the Bears. Four riders, two of which were point riders, took home blue ribbons. Senior co-captain Grace Peloquin (Peerskill, NY) won Brown's first blue of the day in the intermediate fences division, which was followed right up by senior co-captain Courtney Pope (Concord, MA) with a blue in novice fences. The blues rounded out a solid morning of fences for the Bears, with Keefe, the point rider, and Auer each taking third place ribbons in open fences. In the final division of the day, junior Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL) earned the Bears' final blue ribbon of the day, bringing home seven points from the walk-trot.
After Keefe and Auer kicked off the flats portion of the show, Peloquin brought home five points for second place in intermediate flat, a performance that was matched by freshman Liz Gilberti another class of that division. Senior Rachel Lubin (Watchung, NJ) and junior Kimberly Mickenberg (Armonk, NY) each pinned fourth in novice flat, with junior point rider Katherine Goetz (Barrington, RI) pinning seventh. Junior point rider Emily Cole (Clayton, MO), who would have pointed into the novice division with a first-place ribbon, and sophomore Leona Rosenblum (New York, NY) both pinned fourth in walk-trot-canter.
Brown's next show will be held on October 14 at the home stables of Teikyo Post University.