Equestrian Dominates Show With a Perfect 49, For First Place

April 18, 2005

Hanover, NH - In an overwhelming good performance by all the Bear riders, Brown was able to take the All-Ivy Competition and cruise to a perfect 49 point victory Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth's Morton Farm in Hanover, NH. Having both Dartmouth and Yale winning their regions and facing a Cornell team that has won the past two Ivy Championships, Brown knew early on it was not going to be any easy afternoon, but had strong performances by all their riders for first place finish.

In open fences point rider Whitney Keefe finished in first place, naming her the Division Champion for that event. Co-Captain Alexis Gilbard placed second while Gillian Heinecke came in sixth.

In intermediate fences, sophomore Marissa Geoffroy was named Intermediate Reserve Champion, for her first place finish in her respective class, while classmate Grace Peloquin also got a first place finish in her respective class. Getting a tough draw sophomore Jade Palomino, rode well and finished fifth respectively.

The Bears got another Championship honor when point rider Galyn Burke took her horse and rode to a first place finish, for the Novice Champion title. In her second show in the novice event senior Jennifer Fauth came in fourth despite a lead problem while sophomore Kimberly Mickenberg finished up in third in her respective class. Senior Connie Lee who just pointed up into Novice also had a lead problem, but was still able to finish in fourth.

Going into their strongest part of the show, flat, the Bears had the three division champions from the flat portion of the show and also ten points ahead of the rest of the teams.

Keefe racked up her second Division Championship honor as she finished in first place in a tough class, made up of other point riders. In the championship ride off Keefe shoed she belonged and was named Division Champion for that event. Also placing for Brown was Gilbard and Heinecke finishing in second and sixth place respectively.

In intermediate fences, point rider Peloquin recorded four points with her third place finish, the lowest total for the Bears this afternoon. Senior Heidi Abrecht turned in a fourth place performance while Palomino finished up in sixth.

In novice fences, Burke got her second Division Championship of the day when she finished in first place and won the ride off for her second Division Title of the day. Also placing for the Bears was Lee who came in second while Mickenberg and freshman Amy Cameron finished fourth and fifth in their respective classes.

In walk trot canter, first time point rider Katie Goetz finished in first and won the championship ride off, for her first Division Championship. Joining Goetz in the ride off were teammates sophomore Anna Mori and senior Aurora Tower both turning in first place performances to get in the ride off. Mori finished in third while Tower came in fifth in the ride off. First year rider Sarah Clark and senior Gabriella Gargano each came in second in their respective classes while senior Lauren Rogoff finished up in third.

In the final event of the day freshman Kelly Qu, senior Lizy Freudmann and freshman point rider Sarah Morris each competed in the ride off for the Championship, where Morris came out on top for the championship title. Qu finished in third and Freudmann came in fourth.