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Equestrian Team Jumps into First

By Candice McElroy
Team Captain

On Saturday the equestrian team headed north to Dartmouth College to compete at the Dartmouth home show. Despite the inclement weather, the team continued their consistent strong showing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events.

Christina Saltzman '99 took home MIT's first ever first place over fences in her novice equitation class. Riders in the fences classes are faced with the challenge of riding a horse that they have never ridden before over a complicated course that tests the rider's ability to control the horse and ride the course with proper form.

On the flat, Nina Kutsuzawa '00 earned a second place in walk-trot equitation and Saltzman was once again in the ribbons, earning a fourth place in novice equitation.

Miki Hertz '99 had a strong showing in novice equitation on the flat. Flat classes are also ridden on the home team's horses that are assigned by random drawing to all competitors. The classes are judged on the rider's form and horsemanship.

The team will continue to practice at Arrowhead Stables in Concord with coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for the final IHSA show of the fall season at Boston University next weekend.