MIT Equestrian Team Takes Home Several Ribbons in Season OpenerBy Nina Kutsuzawa and Candice McElroy
The Equestrian Team kicked off their second full season on Saturday at Dartmouth with a slew of ribbons. For the first time in the team's history, they were fully represented in all divisions.
Over fences, new rider Kristen Landino '02 placed an impressive second in the open division. Christina Saltzmann '99 and Junlin Ho '01 placed third in their respective novice jumping classes. Newcomers Katie Shiels '00 and Jenny Lee '02 placed fifth and sixth respectively in intermediate fences.
On the flat, Saltzmann won another third place for her novice equitation. Cynthia Randles '99 and newcomer Sara Etemadi '01 both won fifth in the walk-trot and advanced walk-trot-canter classes, respectively.
Despite drawing difficult horses, Captain Candice McElroy '99 won a fifth in novice equitation, and newcomer Sarah Low '02 earned a sixth in intermediate equitation.
Nina Kutsuzawa '00 became the first MIT equestrian to qualify for the spring regional competition by taking fourth place in Saturday's competition. This also enables her to class out of the walk-trot and into the beginner walk-trot-canter division.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events judge rider's equitation, or ability to ride a horse, and not a rider's familiarity with a horse. At each show, there is a horse lottery in which riders are randomly assigned a horse which they will ride for their competition.
In IHSA competitions, the riders are divided according to their ability. The experienced riders ride in the open category, with intermediate, novice, advanced and beginner walk-trot-canter and walk-trot divisions for inexperienced riders.
The team will travel to Vermont next weekend for back-to-back competitions at Middlebury College and University of Vermont.