Bears Finish 2nd at URI

Oct. 6, 2008

East Greenwich, R.I. - After an impressive fifth place finish at the IHSA Nationals last season, the Brown equestrian team began 2008-09 with another strong showing, finishing second at Faith Hill Farm on Saturday. The Bears were able to make a late comeback after spending part of the show in third, and narrowly missed picking up the win, eventually coming up just three points shy of host Rhode Island. Among the eight schools that finished behind Bruno was fellow Region 1 power Connecticut, which finished third on the day.

Junior Liz Giliberti (Washington, D.C.) had a strong day for Brown, as she came out with a win in the Open Fences class and a second place finish in the Open Flat division, earning 12 points for the team. Bruno also had some impressive performances from less-experienced riders, as point rider sophomore Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA) won the Novice Flat and sophomore Katy Eng (New York, N.Y.) and junior Kona Shen (Seattle, WA) each took second in the Walk-Trot-Canter and Walk-Trot divisions respectively.

Junior captain Rachel Griffith (Merrimack, NH) also had a good showing for Brown, recording third place finished in the Intermediate Fences and Intermediate Flat classes, and scoring six points for the Bears.

There were some impressive performances from non-point riders as well, most notably from junior Jenny Grover (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Cate Berger (La Grange, IL). Each of them recorded victories, in the Walk-Trot-Canter and Walk-Trot respectively, and showed the potential to be impact riders later in the season for Brown. The Bears will be in action again on October 11, when they will travel to Avon, CT to compete at a show hosted by Trinity College.

Complete Brown Results:

Open Fences: 
Elizabeth Giliberti (point rider) - 1st
Cody Auer - 1st
Intermediate Fences:
Rachel Griffith - 3rd
Novice Fences: 
Emiyl Bordeau (point rider) - 5th
Emma Clippinger - 2nd

Open Flat:
Elise Fishelson (point rider) - 3rd
Elizabeth Giliberti - 2nd
Cody Auer - 5th

Intermediate Flat:
Rachel Griffith (point rider) - 3rd
Emma Clippinger - DNP

Novice Flat:
Dakota Gruener (point rider) - 1st
Leona Rosenblum - 3rd

Walk Trot Canter:
Katie Eng (point rider) - 2nd
Jenny Grover - 1st

Walk Trot:
Kona Shen (point rider) - 2nd
Cate Berger - 1st