Equestrian Team Captures 45 of 49 Points in First Place Finish

Oct. 22, 2001

HEBRON, CT -- The Brown Equestrian Team traveled to Windcrest Farm in Hebron, CT on Saturday, October 20, to take on host-college Teikyo Post and the rest of Region I, Zone 1. The Bears scored an impressive 45 out of a possible 49 points to take home the High Point College trophy, earning 11 firsts and 5 second places.

With this win, Brown made up 7 points of the 9-point deficit it had to Reserve High Point College Award winner Salve Regina after the season opener last weekend at UConn, where the Bears finished third with 30 points behind Salve's 39 and UConn's 33. The win puts Brown in good position take over the lead in Region I at this weekend's home show at Windswept Farm in Warren, RI. Salve Regina leads the region with 77 points, followed by Brown with 75, and UConn with 69.

Saturday's win was accomplished by a combination of new talent and veteran reliability. Amanda Forte '02, last year's individual national champion, led the team by winning both her open flat and open fences classes. This qualified her for the ride-off, where she captured the Reserve High Point Rider Award. Also qualifying for the ride-off with wins in open flat and open fences was co-captain Elizabeth Quadros '02. Kristin McLaughlin '03 captured a second-place in open fences, and Sarah Markowitz '02 took second in open flat and fifth in open fences.

In the intermediate division, Cindy Willner '04 brought home a first over fences and a fourth on the flat. This came on the heels of her double victory in the novice division last week, which qualified her for the Regional competition in April and moved her up to intermediate. Also earning first in fences and fourth on the flat in intermediate was Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll '03. Heather McCrea '02 took second over fences and sixth on the flat.

In the novice division, new rider Jennifer Kim '04 took first over fences and second on the flat after winning her debut in novice fences at UConn on October 13. Co-captain Chelsea Hamilton '03 was second on the flat and third in her fences class on Saturday.

In walk-trot-canter, Caroline Preston '02 followed her victory at UConn with another blue ribbon. Ann Rundquist '02 also brought home first in walk-trot-canter.

First-years Amanda Burden and Galyn Burke proved their mettle by winning both their debuts last week at UConn and again this week at Teikyo Post, Burden in walk-trot-canter and Burke in walk-trot. Also in the walk-trot division, Cynthia Lee '05 finished second in her second start, at Teikyo Post.

Brown has a good chance to move into the lead in Region I this Sunday, October 28, at their only home show of season. Coming off last year's sixth-place finish at Nationals, the Bears are confident that they have what it takes to win the region and make it to Nationals again. The team has an exciting blend of fresh talent in the freshmen and sophomore classes and experienced veterans in the junior and senior classes.