Oct. 15, 2008
Avon, CT - A week after opening their season with a close second place finish, the Brown equestrian team pulled out a tight win at Trinity College, eking out a one point win over four other teams with a balanced effort from the entire team. Junior Emily Bordeau (Longmeadow, MA) led the Bears, recording a win in the novice fences and a third in the open flat division. Every point proved to be important for Bruno, as the team won with 33 points, and saw JWU, Post, URI, and Wesleyan each finish with 32. Among the other schools that placed behind Brown was perennial contender UConn, which has now lost to the Bears for two consecutive weeks to open the season.
In similar fashion to their first show at URI, the Bears once again made the Trinity show a dramatic one. Brown trailed for much of the day, and didn't move into first until the second to last event. Trailing Rhode Island College by two, sophomore Katie Eng (New York, NY) and junior Kona Shen (Seattle, WA) placed second and third respectively in their walk trot canter divisions, pulling Bruno into a five-way tie for first place. With one event remaining, the burden fell on sophomore Cate Berger (La Grange, IL) to seal the win, and she came through with a solid third place ride, good enough to propel Brown to the one-point victory.
Junior Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA) also had good days for the Bears. Giliberti notched a fourth place in the open fences class and a third in the open flat division, adding several invaluable points for the team. Gruener also had a solid ride, placing second in the intermediate fences class, keeping Brown in the show early on.
The Bears will be in action again on Sunday, when they will co-host a show with Roger Williams at Windswept Farms in Warren, R.I. The show will start at 9 a.m.