Hadley, Mass. – The Brown equestrian team faced the three other region winners, Holyoke, New Hampshire and Stonehill at the Zone Championships and placed second overall as a team, qualifying for Nationals. It took to the very end of the show, but Brown out-point UNH to claim the spot.
This is the 15th year of the Brown Varsity Equestrian Program and the seventh time the team has gone to Nationals. Brown is still the only Ivy League School to send a team to the Equestrian Nationals. Brown's best finish is third nationally.
The show started with the individual open fences and sophomore Jacqueline Lubrano (Glenmore, Pa.) came in second qualifying for Nationals as an individual.
There are only four riders in the team classes and Lubrano beat out the favorite from Stonehill, earing Brown an early seven points.
Points after Open Fences and there are no drops at Zones or Nationals Brown 7, Stonehill 5, Holyoke 4, UNH 3. You will recall that only the top two teams qualify for Nationals.
In the intermediate indvidual fences co-captain Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, R.I.) had a tough draw and pinned seventh, while in the intermediate team fences freshman Hallee Foster (Menlo Park, Calif.) pinned third.
In novice team fences, junior Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, R.I.) rode a tough draw well but pinned fourth as Holyoke and UNH held a one-point lead.
The intermediate team flat saw junior Sharpe pin third as Holoyke pushed its lead to four over Brown.
Foster had a solid ride in the novice team flat and pinned second. Despite the strong showing, Holyoke total moved to 29, while Brown stood at 23 and UNH at 25.
In the team walk, trot, canter, freshman Hannah Denton-Estlund (Providence, R.I.) had a great ride and earned a crucial second-place finish. Points: Holyoke 36, UNH 29, Brown 28, Stonehill 19.
To qualify for Nationals, Brown had to beat New Hampshire by two points. That meant the Bears' rider had to get a first-place for seven points since second place only awards five points or place second if their rider placed fourth.
First came the individual open flat class and the judge called back 3 riders to test - Lubrano from Brown, Kayla Prefontaine from URI and Casey Lorusso from Stonehill. Zone I, Region I will send two riders to Nationals in Prefontaine who pinned first and Lubrano who pinned second.
In the last Collegiate Cup class of the day Lubrano won the class while Stonehill placed second, Holyoke third and UNH fourth to officially qualify for Nationals in Raleigh, N.C.
In addition to leading the team back to Nationals, head coach Michaela Scanlon is being inducted to the Warren Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame next Saturday, April 14.