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Equestrians Shine as Team Opens Season At Colby-Sawyer Show

By Nina Kutsuzawa
Team Member

The equestrian team opened its first full competing season in stride on Saturday at the Colby-Sawyer College home show.

The team shined as a competitive force in the four divisions that its riders competed. Team captain Candice McElroy '99 earned a third place in novice equitation on the flat. Christina Saltzman '99 and Nina Kutsuzawa '00 both placed fourth in novice and walk/trot equitation on the flat, respectively.

Katherine Navarrete '98 finished fifth in advanced walk/trot/canter, and Heather Drake '99 received an honorable mention in beginner walk/trot/canter.

MIT competed against 11 other colleges, including Harvard, Tufts, Dartmouth and Boston University.

Riders of Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) events are judged on form and handling of a horse from the home team's stable that is assigned by a random drawing.

The equestrian team practices with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela at Arrowhead Stables in Concord, Mass. Next weekend includes a double-header for the team, with two shows in Vermont, hosted by the University of Vermont and by Middlebury College.