SOUTH HADLEY, MASSACHUSETTS – On Saturday, April 6th, five members of the Brown equestrian team represented the program at the 2013 Zone 1 Championships at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The competition served as the qualifying show for ISHA Nationals, as the top two riders in each class advanced to the premiere collegiate horse show in the country, held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in May.
Senior captain Lindsay Wong (Sarasota, FL) competed in the first class of the day, Open Fences, and, due to the nature of the stakes, the jumps were set bigger than usual. The course was well designed and featured several bending lines and long approaches, which gave riders a chance to show off their skills. Wong executed a lovely course aboard Sadie and was one of four riders called back for the test in which the judge asked riders to switch horses and jump a shortened course featuring a halt. Wong tested in second place, but had a deep spot to an oxer and finished fourth overall.
Wong will still head to Nationals however, as she earned the title of Region One Cacchione Cup rider with the highest point total in the open rider category throughout the season. The Zone competition featured a mock Cacchione Cup class to serve as practice for those riders heading to Nationals. In the first phase, Wong completed her fences class aboard a lovely bay mare, Gia. Later on in the day, she completed the flat class on Diva, and was asked to execute several moves without stirrups. When the scores from both classes were combined, she finished second in the Cacchione work-off to Mount Holyoke's rider.
Brown sophomore Hallee Foster (Menlo Park, CA) represented the Bears in two different classes, riding first in Intermediate Fences. She drew Scarlet, a chestnut mare who appeared to get strong after the fences, and put in a solid round to take sixth place. She also competed in Novice Flat, drawing Chief, a large paint pony, and pinned fifth.
Senior captain Eleanor Sharpe (Saunderstown, RI) rode in Intermediate flat, drawing Diva, a lovely mare. She showed off her dressage background, executing beautiful flatwork, and secured a spot at Nationals with her first place finish.
Sophomore Hannah Estlund (Providence, RI) was Brown's next representative, competing in Walk Trot Canter. Estlund drew another paint pony, Splash, and had a gorgeous ride put her in fifth place.
Junior captain Laura Kirk (Needham, MA) rounded out Brown's competitors, competing in Walk Trot. She drew a big bay horse named Chandler and secured a spot at Nationals with her first place finish.
Wong, Sharpe and Kirk will all head to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the ISHA Nationals from May 2nd to 5th. Additionally, the team competes at Dartmouth in the annual Ivy League Show this weekend.