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Equestrian Team Starts Spring Season Against UMass Dartmouth

Sophomore Kristen Landino Takes the Blue Ribbon in the Open Flat Class

By Jennifer Lee

On Saturday, the equestrian team headed down early in the morning to Glen Manor Farm in Portsmouth, RI for a competition hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

The weather was beautiful and sunny, but unfortunately the show took place in an indoor arena. Kristen Landino ’02 started off the day on a positive note by placing fourth over fences in the open division. In the intermediate jumping category, Jenny Lee ’02 won third place and both Tara Mullaney ’02 and Junlin Ho ’01 placed fifth.

The flat classes were held in the afternoon following the jumping classes. Landino had a brilliant ride, capturing a blue ribbon in her open flat class. Several other riders also gave solid performances. Three riders placed third: Sarah Low ’02 in the intermediate flat category, Megan McLemore ’00 in the advanced walk-trot-canter division, and Cynthia Randles ’00 in her beginner walk-trot-canter class. Lee placed fourth in the intermediate flat division, as did Sara Etemadi ’01 in her advanced walk-trot-canter class, and Diana Cheng ’03 in the walk-trot category. Mullaney won fifth place in her intermediate flat class, and despite a difficult horse draw, Ho placed sixth in the same division, though in a different class.

The equestrian team will continue to train at Verrill Farms with coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for upcoming events at Tufts University on April 8, and Boston University on April 15.