Bears First Again, Region Lead Now Up To 24

Oct. 21, 2007

Storrs, CT - Even a three-week layoff could not slow the Brown equestrian team down, as the Bears took first place for the third time in as many shows on Saturday. Bruno finished with 45 points, three more than host Connecticut, to improve its Region 1 lead over the Huskies to 24 points, 125 to 101. Tied after six of eight events, the Bears were able to pull out a win late, getting first- or second-place finishes out of all but one of their point riders on the day.

The Bears also had the High Point Rider for the third consecutive week, as sophomore Emma Bogdonoff (New London, CT) took the honor for the second straight show. Senior Irmak Tasindi (Istanbul, Turkey) won reserve high point rider as well, the second Brown rider to do that this season.

In all, 22 Brown riders competed, earning nine blue ribbons, five of which came from point riders. Senior Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) started the Bears off with a second-place ribbon in Open Flat, which freshman Allegra Aron (Burlingame, CA) matched as the point rider in Intermediate Flat.

In Novice, point rider Tasindi and Bogdonoff both earned blue ribbons, with Tasindi starting a string of four blue ribbons for Brown point riders. Senior Lucia Corso (New Haven, CT) won her class in Beginner Walk Trot Canter, junior Kiauntee Murray (Jersey City, NJ) took a blue ribbon in Walk Trot, and freshman Brianne Goutal (New York, NY) won in Open Fences. Senior Kristen Beck (Basking Ridge, NJ) also took a blue ribbon in her class of Advanced Walk Trot Canter. Tasindi and Bogdonoff later finished the day with their second blue ribbons of the day, with Bogdonoff winning a ride-off for High Point Rider.

Four Bears made their collegiate debuts on Saturday. Freshman Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA) was fifth in her class of Intermediate Fences as Brown's point rider, but won her class of Novice Flat. Sophomore Emily Bourdeau (Longmeadow, MA) finished second to Gruener in Novice Flat. Two more Bears debuted in Walk Trot - senior Meredith Woodhouse (Wayzata, MN), who finished third, and sophomore Kona Shen (Seattle, WA), who pinned fifth.

With eight points on the day, Goutal retained the Region 1 Open Rider Standings lead, with 33 points on the year. She lead's Connecticut's Tara Lynch by three points and Johnson & Wales' Jess Penn by seven. Keefe is currently in fourth with 22 points.

Three more Brown riders qualified for Regionals at the event, giving the Bears eight already in nine events. Bogdonoff qualified in Novice Flat, while Beck and senior Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL) qualified in Advanced Walk Trot Canter. Bogdonoff also sits one point from qualifying in Novice Fences, while Tasindi is three away in Novice Flat.

The fall half of the Region 1 schedule is now half over. Next Saturday, Connecticut College will host a show at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Glades Ferry, Conn.

Show Standings: Brown 45, Connecticut 42, Roger Williams 29, Johnson & Wales 27, Trinity 22, Rhode Island 20, Post 19, Rhode Island College 16, Wesleyan 16, Connecticut College 13, Central Conn. State 11

Region 1 Season Standings: Brown 125, Connecticut 101, Roger Williams 89, Rhode Island 79, Johnson & Wales 74, Post 62, Connecticut College 59, Trinity 55, Wesleyan 51, Rhode Island College 45, Central Conn. State 40

Brown Rider Results

Open Flat
Whitney Keefe (point rider) - 2nd
Brianne Goutal - 6th
Elizabeth Giliberti - 5th

Intermediate Flat
Allegra Aron (point rider) - 2nd
Katie Goetz - 4th
Courtney Pope - 3rd

Novice Flat
Irmak Tasindi (point rider) - 1st
Emma Bogdonoff - 1st
Emily Cole - 3rd
Emma Clippinger - 6th
Hayley Goldbach - DNP
Dakota Gruener - 1st
Emily Bourdeau - 2nd

Walk Trot Canter
Advanced

Stephanie Syc - 4th
Kristen Beck - 1st
Beginner
Lucia Corso (point rider) - 1st
Stephanie Carmack - 4th
Jennifer Grover - 5th
Joyce Kwok - 3rd

Walk Trot
Kiauntee Murray (point rider) - 1st
Kona Shen - 5th
Meredith Woodhouse - 3rd

Open Fences
Brianne Goutal (point rider) - 1st
Whitney Keefe - 5th
Elizabeth Giliberti - 4th
Allegra Aron - 4th

Intermediate Fences
Dakota Gruener (point rider) - 5th (dropped)
Courtney Pope - 1st

Novice Fences
Irmak Tasindi (point rider) - 1st
Emma Bogdonoff - 1st
Emily Cole - 6th
Emma Clippinger - 4th