Novice Fences, Walk Trot Riders Shine as Equestrian Competes at RIC Show
1. Univ. of Rhode Island 36
2. Roger Williams 35
3. UMass 32
4. Johnson & Wales 29
5. Clark 28
6. Brown 26
7. Becker 22
8. Holy Cross 20
9. Rhode Island College 14
10. Assumption 11
GLADES FERRY, Conn. – Freshman Ariadne Ellsworth (Santa Fe, N.M.) collected two blue ribbons to highlight a slew of strong performances in novice fences and walk trot as the Brown equestrian team finished in sixth place at the Rhode Island College Show at Mystic Valley Hunt Club on Saturday. Brown wraps up its fall season in third place in the region with 199 points, trailing only URI (229) and Roger Williams (227).
The Bears turned in nothing but first- and second-place showings in novice fences as sophomore Alisa Berg (St. Louis, Mo.) topped the first class on a young mare named Citrine. Jenna Klorfein (Atlanta, Ga.) also drew Citrine and was runner-up in the second class as the point rider, while Ellsworth followed with her first of two blue ribbons in the third class.
Junior Leah Loerinc (North Dartmouth, Mass.) got walk trot off to a fast start by pinning second in the first class on a bouncy horse named Larry and classmate Annalia Sunderland (New York, N.Y.) rode Hershey to third place in the second class to point up to walk trot canter. Third-class point rider Alexys Braley (Wapato, Wash.) won another blue ribbon for Brown and senior Erika Lopez-Garcia (New York, N.Y.) nabbed second place on Marquee in the final class.
Senior Charlotte McGoldrick (Virginia Water, England) pinned first in intermediate fences while junior Amanda Picciotto (New York, N.Y.) picked up third place in open fences and fifth place in open flat.
Ellsworth shined in intermediate flat with a first place finish and took on one of the region's best riders in a ride off, eventually placing second. McGoldrick pinned second in the initial go-around while sophomore Tess Carter (Tucson, Ariz.) pointed up to open flat on the strength of a third-place showing.
Sophomore Elena Buchsbaum (Madison, N.J.) garnered second-place honors in novice flat to graduate to intermediate flat and point rider Emma Hall (Sheridan, Wyo.) pinned third in the walk trot canter to finish the day for Brown.
After a fall season that saw the Bears earn three second-place finishes, Brown will resume competition on Mar. 8, 2014, at the Johnson & Wales University Show in Rehoboth, Mass.