March 16, 2013

Brown Wins Holy Cross Show and Takes Third in Johnson and Wales Competition

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – After a winter full of canceled and rescheduled shows, the Brown equestrian team had a busy weekend, competing in the Holy Cross Show at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Connecticut on Saturday and the Johnson & Wales Show in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on Sunday.

The Bears won Saturday's show, accumulating a season-high 36 points over the course of the day and triumphing over Roger Williams, URI, Johnson & Wales and UMass Dartmouth. Additionally, senior Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) used the weekend's shows to clinch a trip to Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Wong won the High Point rider title for Brown's region after she accumulated the most points in Flat and Fences in the regular season. She will now compete for the prestigious Cacchione Cup in early May, taking on the winners of the other 35 regions in the country.

Sunday's show also featured several impressive performances by Brown riders, as the team earned 31 points to take third behind URI and Clark. In the Open Fences, Wong placed fourth in 8A, while senior Allison Dungey (North Kingstown, RI) pinned second in 8B. Intermediate Fences featured point rider Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI), and the senior placed third in 6A. Sophomore Hailey Roumimper (Scotts Valley, CA) also competed in the event, pinning fifth in 6B. Freshman Elena Buchsbaum (Madison, NJ) led the way in the Novice Fences, pinning fourth in 4B, while classmate Alisa Berg (St. Louis, MO) also had a great ride, finishing fifth.

Sophomore Amanda Picciotto (New York, NY) came in sixth in class 7A of the Open Flat, while Wong pinned second in 7B. In the Intermediate Flat, Roumimper earned the fourth spot in 5A and Sharpe pinned third in 5C, qualifying her for the Regional show. Senior Karolina Woroniecka (Great Neck, NY) rode in the Novice Flat, taking fourth in 3A, while Berg pinned third in 3B.

Brown had two student-athletes compete in the Walk Trot Canter event, with freshman Adele Ruppert (Kings Part, NY), riding in the advanced category, earning a third place finish in 2BA. Junior Laura Kirk (Needham, MA) had a spectacular ride in the beginner category, pinning first in 2AA in her second show after pointing up from Walk Trot.

In the final event of the day, the Walk Trot, junior Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, NY) competed in 1B and classmate Tene Johnson (Muscat, Oman) competed in 1C, both earning the fourth place spot in their respective class.

The Brown equestrian team will compete again on Saturday, March 23 at the Regional Show in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.