Equestrian Opens Spring Season at Holy Cross, JWU

Equestrian Opens Spring Season at Holy Cross, JWU

Saturday's Final Scores

1. Johnson & Wales 40
2. Becker 37
3. Brown 32
4. Univ. of Rhode Island 30
5. Maryland 29
6. Roger Williams 27
7. Holy Cross 25
8T. Clark 19
8T. Rhode Island College 19
10. Assumption 4

Sunday's Final Scores
1. Univ. of Rhode Island 40
2. Brown 35
3. Johnson & Wales 34
4. Maryland 32
5. Becker 28
6. Roger Williams 26


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Samantha Spear (Chester Springs, Pa.) and senior Sophia Rabb (Weston, Mass.) won their classes in intermediate flat and novice flat, respectively, in a third place finish at Johnson & Wales on Saturday while senior Charlotte McGoldrick (Virginia Water, England) won High Point Rider of the day after winning intermediate flat to bump the Brown equestrian team to second place at Holy Cross on Sunday. The Bears' opening weekend of the spring puts the team third in the region with 226 points.

On Saturday at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Conn., the Bears posted 32 points on the strength off 11 top-three finishes, including outstanding team efforts in novice flat and walk trot canter. Freshman Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) got things rolling with a second place finish in open fences 8B, giving Brown five points for a share of second place.

In open flat, sophomore Tess Carter (Tucson, Ariz.) took third and Spear placed fourth as the point rider in intermediate fences 6A to boost Brown to eight team points. Spear followed with a blue-ribbon performance in the 5B class of intermediate flat, launching Brown to 11 points in an incredibly close show that saw all five of the top teams within a point of each other.

A deep field in novice flat saw Rabb pin first in 3C and freshman Clara Maynard (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) earn second in 3E. Juniors Meg Hassan (Exeter, N.H.) and Hannah Estlund (Providence, R.I.) placed third in 3A and 3B, respectively, to lift the Bears to 22 points and move the team within four points of Becker and JWU.

Senior Laura Kirk (Needham, Mass.) paced Brown's strong showing in walk trot canter with a second-place finish in 2BB as the point rider, while sophomore Tori Sasaki (London, England) took second in 2BD and junior Kappi Patterson (Botswana, South Africa) pinned third in 2BC to keep a lock on second place with 27 points.

In a familiar scenario, the event came down to walk trot, where sophomore Alexys Braley (Wapato, Wash.) pinned second as the point rider for a crucial five-point swing, but a shift in the final positions landed Brown in third overall with 32 points.

Sunday's competition took the Bears to the JWU Equine Center in Rehoboth, Mass., where McGoldrick's High Point honors highlighted a 35-point day for Brown that put the squad in second place.

Carter got the Bears off to a strong start with a first place finish in open fences, while Baughen grabbed third as the point rider for four team points. McGoldrick and point-rider Spear followed with second place showings in 6A and 6B in intermediate fences, with McGoldrick showing notable focus after her original horse was excused.

Rabb maintained Brown's momentum with a blue ribbon as point rider in novice fences 4B, pointing up to intermediate on a grey pony named Bentley. The top honor pushed Brown into a first-place tie with URI with 12 points.

McGoldrick's stellar performance continued with intermediate flat, where she seized first place in 5C to secure High Point rider of the day. Next up, sophomore Alisa Berg (St. Louis, Mo.) became the second Brown rider of the day to point up on Bentley, climbing to intermediate after taking second in novice flat 3A. URI steadily pulled away with 33 points in first place, however, leaving the Bears with 26 points and work to do heading into walk trot canter.

Sophomore point rider Alex VanHattum (Kentwood, Mich.) finished third in walk trot canter 2AA and Braley responded to the pressure in walk trot with a clutch first place performance in the second class, helping the Bears to 35 points and second place overall.

Brown is poised for the final regular season show of the year on March 22 when the Bears head to Mystic Valley Hunt Club for the Region One Show in Glades Ferry, Conn.