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Equestrians Place At Vermont Shows

By Nina Kutsuzawa
Team Member

Last weekend the equestrian team triumphed as they captured first, second, third, fifth and sixth places in Vermont at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College horse shows.

Nina Kutsuzawa '00 earned a first ribbon in walk-trot and Kathy Navarrete '98 earned a fifth place in advanced walk/trot/canter at the Middlebury show. They placed second and third, respectively, at the UVM show.

Alex Andersson '01 placed sixth in novice equitation over fences at the Middlebury show.

The team did an excellent job of stepping up to the competition despite a fall by team captain Candice McElroy '99 during her novice equitation over fences class that left her hospitalized with a splenic injury the rest of the weekend.

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 team practices with coach Kate Alderfer-Candela at Arrowhead Stables in Concord. The team's next show will be hosted by Mount Ida College on Sunday, Oct. 26, in Dover.

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