October 24, 2006

Brown Wins at UConn, Takes Regional Lead

Oct. 24, 2006

Storrs, CT - Freshman Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, DC) rode to reserve high point rider honors as the Brown equestrian team took the regional lead at UConn on Saturday. Despite competing at the stables of their chief rivals in Region 1, the Bears bettered the Huskies by four points, 36-32. URI finished third at 29 points, with Roger Williams right behind at 28. The Bears now hold a six-point lead in the region with 104 points to URI's 98.

The Bears won the show thanks largely to four blue ribbons from point riders, including two from Giliberti in Intermediate Flat and Intermediate Fences. Also coming through with seven-point finishes were junior Sarah Morris (Silver Spring, MD) in Beginner Walk Trot Canter and freshman Emma Bogdonoff (New London, CT) in Novice Fences. Also pinning first were junior Jessica Mendelson (Los Angeles, CA) in Open Flat and junior Stephanie Carmack (Pawcatuck, CT) and senior Rachel Kapelke-Dale (Milwaukee, WI) in Walk Trot.

The day started with the flat divisions. The Bears took 10 points from the first three events thanks to one of Giliberti's blue ribbons and a fourth-place finish from Bogdonoff in Novice Flat. Strong rides from Morris and Walk Trot point rider Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL), who pinned second and pointed up to Walk Trot Canter, got Bruno into the lead by two points. Junior Kristen Beck (Basking Ridge, NJ) pinned second in the Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

Brown began fences without any points from Open Fences, although Gillian Heinecke (Concord, NH) earned a second-place ribbon and co-captain Grace Peloquin (Peekskill, NY) pinned third. However, blue ribbons from Giliberti and Bogdonoff closed out the win for the Bears, with co-captain pointing up to Intermediate with a sixth-place finish. Giliberti then lost a ride-off for high point rider with an open division rider from Johnson and Wales.

The Bears will now have a couple weeks of practice before their next show at Wesleyan's stables at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, CT, on Nov. 11.