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Equestrian Team Opens Season at Tufts University Horse Show

By Candice McElroy
team captain

The equestrian team opened up its spring season in style on March 28 at the Tufts University horse show held at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Mass. MIT riders proved that even though they are the smallest team in the region, they still place more consistently than larger schools whose teams have been established for many years.

Junlin Ho '01 had a spectacular first show. Her poise and confidence on the flat and over fences earned her two third places in her novice equitation division. Nina Kutsuzawa '00 drew a difficult mount for her walk-trot equitation class. Despite the added challenge, she still managed to place fourth. Kutsuzawa performed consistently all season and will soon earn enough points to move up to the walk-trot-canter division, which is a significant achievement as a first year rider.

Candice McElroy '99 made her return to the show ring after an injury last fall season left her sidelined for four months. A challenging mount in novice equitation over fences required skill, and she rode away with sixth place. McElroy also came home with a fifth place in her novice equitation on the flat class.

The Tufts show marked the first full year of competition in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events for the MIT team. The team has made great strides in the past year due to the coaching of Kate Alderfer-Candela at Arrowhead stables in Concord, Mass. Next weekend the team will head to Dartmouth College for the final IHSA show of the spring season.