Equestrian Team Takes Home Several RibbonsBy Candice Mcelroy
On Oct. 24 and 25 the equestrian team headed up to Vermont for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. The team got off to a slow start on Saturday at UVM but hit their stride in time to bring home a collection of ribbons from the Sunday show at Middlebury.
Jenny Lee '02 earned a third place on the flat and a sixth place in over fences in the intermediate division at UVM. Candice McElroy '99 and Cynthia Randles '99 each placed sixth in the novice jumping and walk-trot divisions respectively. Junlin Ho '01 had an impressive showing on the flat in the novice division despite a difficult horse draw.
The Middlebury Horse show gave the MIT Equestrian team a chance to shine despite the difficult first day. McElroy and Julie Oberweis '99 each placed first in their novice equitation over fences classes. Sarah Low '02 handled a spirited horse through the intermediate jumping class and earned a second place. Lee also earned a second place in the intermediate division over fences and Kristen Landino '02 placed fifth in the open jumping division. On the flat, Sara Etemadi '01 in the advanced walk-trot-canter division, McElroy in the novice division, Lee in the intermediate division, and Landino in the open division all placed third. Low and Randles each placed fourth in the intermediate and walk-trot divisions respectively. Oberweis earned a third place in her novice equitation on the flat class.
IHSA events are run by assigning riders from all thirteen participating schools to horses from the host school. Riders are assigned their mounts by a random lottery and are not given the opportunity to practice on the horse prior to judged competitions. Classes are judged on the basis of the rider's ability to control the horse while riding with the correct form. Riders are placed in divisions based on their prior riding experience. The open division is for riders who have an extensive riding background while the walk-trot division is for beginners.
The equestrian team will continue to train at Arrowhead Stables in Concord in preparation for the upcoming events at Mt. Ida College on Nov. 7 and Boston University on Nov. 14.