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Equestrians Ride to End of First Season

Nina Kutsuzawa and Candice McElroy
Team Captains

On April 4 the equestrian team travelled to Dartmouth College for the last Intercollegiate Horse Show Association show of the spring season. The show made for an impressive display of MIT's Equestrian talent.

Christina Saltzman '99 rode away with a second place over novice fences and a first in novice equitation on the flat. This qualified her for the ride-off class for the high points rider of the show, a first-ever accomplishment for and MIT rider.

Junlin Ho '01 got another blue ribbon for the Engineers, winning a first place in novice equitation on the flat. Newcomer Megan Mclemore '00 scored an impressive second in her advanced walk-trot-canter division.

In the walk-trot division, Co-captain Nina Kutsuzawa '00 placed third and newcomer Cynthia Randles '99 placed fifth in her first intercollegiate horse show. Kutsuzawa's third place finish leaves her only three points away from qualifying for next year's regional competition. Co-captain Candice McElroy '99 placed sixth in both novice fences and novice equitation in the flat despite a difficult horse draw.

The equestrian team finished its first full year of competition showing great improvement under the coaching of Kate Alderfer-Candela at Arrowhead Stables in Concord, Mass. The team expects to be well-represented in the coming fall season as well as at next year's regional competition.