Equestrian Earns Runner Up Spot at Becker Show
1. Rhode Island 38
2. Brown 32
3. Johnson & Wales 31
4. Roger Williams 30
5. Becker 27
PAXTON, Mass. – The race for the top spot in the region continued on Saturday as the Brown equestrian team took second place at the Becker College Equestrian Center. After a slow start, Brown earned a slew of critical finishes in the walk trot canter to move up the standings and take a hold of third place in the region.
Senior Mieke Lynch (Wilmington, Del.) took home her first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association blue ribbon and won the intermediate fences second class, while freshman Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) topped the intermediate flat and junior Cheyenne Morrin (Kihei, Hawaii) and senior Shannon Whittaker (Jamaica, N.Y.) each pinned first in the WTC beginner class.
Brown opened the show with just one point in the open fences. Junior Amanda Picciotto (New York, N.Y.) pinned third despite a tough draw, but a downed rail later on left Brown in fourth place.
Lynch's blue ribbon highlighted the intermediate fences and junior Hailey Roumimper (Scotts Valley, Calif.) placed third as the point rider to pick up the pace, while senior Charlotte McGoldrick (Virginia Water, Englad) rode Tilley to a second place finish in the novice fences to position Brown for a shot at the top three.
Picciotto and senior Kelsey Macpherson (Kansas City, Mo.) each took fifth in their respective classes in the open flat, but a lack of other high placements put pressure on Brown to place well in the intermediate flat and finish strong in the WTC. Point rider Baughen responded readily and won a timely blue ribbon in the intermediate flat, and a pair of blue ribbons by Morrin and Whittaker complimented three fourth-place finishes in the WTC to launch Brown into second place overall.
Regionally, Brown now trails only Rhode Island (96) and Becker (89) with 87 points. The team returns to competition on Saturday at the Roger Williams University Show at the Glen Farm in Portsmouth, R.I.