Brown Equestrian Finishes Fall With Zone 1 Lead, Finishing Third at Conn College

Nov. 20, 2006

Glades Ferry, CT - During a show that was hampered by several long delays, the Brown equestrian team held on to its Zone 1 lead with a third-place finish at Connecticut College on Saturday. The Bears' chief regional rival, UConn, won the event with 45 points, followed by Wesleyan with 37 points, then Brown with 34. Bruno ends the fall with 184 points, while UConn sits just behind with 173 points, with URI in third at 153 points.

The day started with one of Brown's four blue ribbons, as junior Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA) finished first in her open flat class for seven points. Senior co-captain Courtney Pope (Concord, MA) followed by pinning fourth as the point rider in intermediate flat. After a long delay to warm up the horses for novice flat, the Bears got several solid rides, including a second-place finish from freshman point rider Emma Bogdonoff (New London, CT). Also faring well were freshman Tanya Lee (Johannesburg, South Africa) and junior Emily Cole (Clayton, MO), who both pinned third. That put the Bears two points behind both UConn and Wesleyan after three divisions.

A second long delay followed after the decision was made to move the walk trot canter and walk trot classes inside. In the former, freshman point rider Irmak Tasindi (Istanbul, Turkey) pinned first in her class for a full seven points. Also taking a blue ribbon was freshman Jennifer Grover (Brooklyn, NY), who was competing in her first collegiate equestrian show. Junior Rosie Bogan (Clinton, NY) also had a fine ride, placing second in her class, while junior Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL) pinned third competing in the division for the first time. In walk trot, junior Joyce Kwok (Hong Kong, China) got Brown four points for her third-place ribbon. Junior McCall Lewis (Murray, UT) pinned second in the division in her first collegiate show. The Bears sat in third at 23 points, behind UConn at 26 and Wesleyan at 25, after five divisions.

After a "lunch break" - which actually came after 3 p.m. - the fences divisions closed the show. In open fences, Keefe placed third for five points, followed by another third by Pope in intermediate. Bogdonoff pinned fourth as the point rider in novice, while Cole, who was competing in novice for the first time in both flats and fences, pinned first in her class.