Baughen Places Fifth in Open Fences at IHSA National Championship

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Brown equestrian freshman Kabisa Baughen (Sarasota, Fla.) finished in fifth place out of 10 riders in open fences at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on Thursday. After being awarded a re-ride, Baughen scored an 81 to earn fifth place and finish just five points off the lead.

Riding in the third class, Baughen drew a Bay named Pedro, whose handler, Skidmore freshman Helen Kirk, is the younger sister of Brown senior Laura Kirk. Despite the family ties, Pedro refused the first fence and Baughen was granted a re-ride.

Baughen's second opportunity would be on Captain from St. Lawrence. Entering the ring, five opposing riders had already scored 80 or above. Brown's freshman rose to the challenge and scored an 81 to secure fifth place.

Baughen becomes the seventh Brown equestrian rider to represent the Bears in Harrisburg, dating back to 2006. Whitney Keefe, Alexis Gilbard, and Amanda Forte represented the team in 2006, while Lindsay Wong, Ellie Sharpe, and Kirk rode on the national stage in 2013.