Bears Fall To UConn in Johnson & Wales Show

March 19, 2005

Providence, RI - The equestrian team finished second behind UConn at the Johnson & Wales show this afternoon in Providence, RI. With the second place finish the Bears now trail UConn by seven points in the region going into the final show next weekend.

In the first event of the show captain and point rider Jamie Peddy drew an inexperience horse giving her a tough ride, but Peddy was able to ride the horse to a first place finish in her class. Whitney Keefe had a beautiful ride, for a second place finish for Brown. In intermediate fences, Marissa Geoffroy finished first giving the Bears a three-point lead over UConn. In novice fences, UConn closed the gap tying Brown with 18 points going into Flat. Point rider Heidi Abrecht and Galyn Burke each finished third in their respective classes to keep Brown and UConn neck and neck.

In open flat Peddy once again didn't have a good draw, drawing a tough ride and finishing in fifth place. Keefe drew the same horse but was able to finish in first while captain Alexis Gilbard was given a re-ride after a tough first ride, finishing in second. In intermediate flat, Ariana Arcenas had a first place finish while Katie Rae had a nice ride for a second place pin. Abrecht finished up in third and point rider Grace Peloquin came in with a fourth place finish. In novice flat, point rider Kim Mickenberg and Amy Cameron both placed third in their respective classes. Freshman Amy Robinson had a great ride and finished up in first. The Bears at this point trailed UConn by six in the show and one in the region, but had their two strong divisions to go in Walk Trot Canter and Walk Trot.

In walk trot canter Anna Mori and point rider Jenny John drew the same troublesome horse having Mori not place and John pinning fifth. Connie Lee continued her winning streak grabbing first place while Sarah Clark finished in third and Gaby Gargano placed fourth. In walk trot point rider Aurora Tower finished up in third while Lizy Freudmann had a solid second place ride.

After all the scores were in UConn came out on top by 12 giving the Huskies a seven-point lead in the region. The Bears will try to retake first place in the final show next Saturday March 26 when they head to New London, CT for the Connecticut College Show.