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Equestrian Riders Continue To Show Well at Tufts Meet

By Jenny Lee

On Mar. 13, the equestrian team participated in an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at Tufts University.

In the over fences competition Candice McElroy ’99 won second place and Junlin Ho ’01 placed third in their respective novice jumping classes. Jenny Lee ’02 placed fourth in her intermediate jumping class, despite having to ride the course over again on a different horse due to technical difficulties. Sarah Low ’02 won a sixth place in the same class.

Cynthia Randles ’99 had an impressive ride and pinned first in the walk-trot division. McElroy also rode well in the novice equitation and won a blue ribbon, qualifying her for the Reserve Champion ride-off for the second time. Lee placed second in the intermediate equitation division. Sara Etemadi ’01 earned a third place in the advanced walk-trot-canter division, and Low placed third in her intermediate equitation class. Kristen Landino ’02 and Ho placed fourth in the open equitation and novice equitation divisions respectively. Tara Mullaney ’02 won sixth place in her intermediate equitation class. Megan McLemore rode in the advanced walk-trot-canter division.

IHSA events are run by assigning riders by random lottery to horses from the host school. Competitors are not allowed to practice on the horse prior to their classes. Riders are judged on their ability to control an unfamiliar animal while riding with proper form. There are divisions for riders of all levels, with the open division for those with extensive riding backgrounds and the walk-trot division for beginners.

The equestrian team’s next two competition are at Mt.Ida College on Mar. 27 and Dartmouth College on Mar. 28.