Baughen Wins Open Fences Crown, Equestrian Takes Third at Ivy Show

Team Results
1. Dartmouth 36
2. Cornell 34
3. Brown 32
4. Princeton 27
5. Yale 15
6. Penn 14


ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Qualifier Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) was crowned the open fences champion and placed second in the intermediate flat championship class to lead Brown equestrian to a third-place team finish at the Ivy Show at Cornell on Saturday.

The Bears saw eight riders pin on the day but finished just four points off the lead, with Dartmouth earning its fourth Ivy Show championship in program history to compliment a team bid to the IHSA National Championship.

After taking just two team points in the single-class open flat, Brown stormed back in the intermediate flat on the strength of point rider Baughen's blue ribbon in 5A and senior Mieke Lynch's (Wilmington, Del.) second place finish in 5B.

Trailing first-place Cornell by three points, Baughen emerged victorious again in open fences 8A to take the championship title, earn high point rider and launch the Bears into first place with 14 points. Baughen earned a call back for the flat championship and rode to a second-place finish, taking the prestige despite no team points being awarded for the flat championship class.

Senior Sophia Rabb (Weston, Mass.) placed second in intermediate fences 6A to gain entry to the championship, where she placed third to help Brown jump to 16 points. Senior Laura Kirk (Needham, Mass.) took third in novice fences 4A but Cornell overtook the Bears for the lead with 23 points to Brown's 19.

Heading to novice flat, sophomore Emma Hall (Sheridan, Wyo.) finished third in 3A and Kirk pinned third in 3B as the point rider to give the Bears 23 points. Cornell and Dartmouth continued to excel with 28 and 25 team points, respectively, proceeding to walk trot canter.

Freshman Chloe Hequet (London, England) placed second in walk trot canter 2BB despite a late canter and 2A point rider Alex VanHattum (Kentwood, Mich.) secured a critical blue ribbon for seven points, pushing the Bears over the 30-point plateau.

With Cornell in first (31), Brown in second (30) and Dartmouth in third (29), the show would come down to walk trot. The Big Green point rider took first and the Bears placed fifth, resulting in Dartmouth leaping into the championship slot with 36 points.

Baughen will cap Brown's spring season when she represents the Bears at the IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg, Pa., on May 1.