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Equestrians Randles, Ho Seeking to Qualify for Spring Regional

By Jennifer J. Lee

The equestrian team earned 22 points at a competition hosted by Boston University last weekend. Although final standings were not available, team captain Junlin Ho ’01 predicted that the team would finish near the middle of the field of nine schools.

MIT standout Julie K. Oberweis captured a blue ribbon over fences, making her eligible for the Holly Hill Challenge Class. Only riders who won their respective jumping classes were allowed to ride in this special class. Oberweis was the third MIT equestrian to qualify in three consecutive years. On the flat, Oberweis placed fourth in the alumni division.

Kristen E. Landino ’02 had a strong ride and placed second in her open flat class. Landino also won fourth place in her open jumping class.

Ho placed fourth in the novice jumping division, despite drawing a difficult horse. She rode well and won second place in the novice flat division.

In the walk-trot division, both Cynthia A. Randles ’00 and Diana S. Cheng ’03 placed fourth. Megan D. McLemore ’00 and Sara Etemadi ’01 rode in the advanced walk-trot-canter division, placing fourth and fifth respectively.

Jenny J. Lee ’02 and Sarah W. Low ’02 competed in the intermediate over fences division, but both riders lost a stirrup while jumping, which unfortunately kept them from placing. Low, however, placed fifth in the intermediate flat.

The intermediate riders failed to score any points in what Ho characterized as a “really tough break” that made the 22 point showing more impressive.

Riders advance towards regionals

After this show, Randles and Ho are very close to qualifying for the regionals competition which will be held in the spring. In order to qualify for regionals, a rider must accrue 35 points either over fences or on the flat, with a first place being worth seven points, a second worth five points, and so on, down to sixth place, which is worth one point.

In the walk-trot division, Randles has 33 points, and in the novice flat division, Ho has 30 points. Once a rider attains 35 points, he or she is pointed up to the next division, meaning someone riding in the novice division would subsequently compete in the intermediate division. A rider who is successful at regionals would go on to zones, and finally the national competition.

The equestrian team will continue to train with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for an upcoming competition at Tufts University on Saturday, November 20.