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Equestrians Improve Ranking at Regionals

By Jenny Lee

TEAM MEMBER

On Saturday, the equestrian team traveled to Holly Hill Show Stable for the last general competition of the season, hosted by Boston University. The highlight of the day was a blue-ribbon performance from Paige Hopewell ’02 in the novice jumping class. Hopewell displayed a vast improvement since her debut in the over fences class at a competition last week.

In the following day’s regional competition, the team accomplished a first by placing a rider in the top six.

Also at the BU competition, Kristen Landino ’02 rode well in the open over fences division, but did not place top six in a large class. In the intermediate over fences category, Jenny Lee ’02, and Sarah Low ’02 placed fourth and sixth respectively.

Open flat competition

Lee had a solid ride and pinned second in her intermediate flat class, qualifying her for the regionals competition. Sara Etemadi ’01 also gave a strong performance, winning second in the advanced walk-trot-canter division. Tara Mullaney ’02 placed third with a nice ride in the intermediate flat category. Cynthia Randles ’00 took the fourth place ribbon in her beginner walk-trot-canter class. In the walk-trot division, Diana Cheng ’03 placed fifth, and riding in the intermediate flat category, Sarah Low ’02 won sixth place. Megan McLemore ’00 rode very well, but was unable to place due to a difficult horse draw.

Ho in top six at regionals

The Regionals Competition took place the very next day, also at Holly Hill Show Stable. Three MIT riders qualified to compete in Regionals this year, each achieving the 35 point requirement in her respective division. This was only the second year the equestrian team sent members to this competition. The morning weather was miserable and wet, but the rain let up in time for the MIT equestrians to compete under dry, but overcast skies.

Junlin Ho ’01 placed sixth in the novice over fences division, despite a recent back injury, making her the first MIT rider to ever place top six at Regionals. Lee competed in the intermediate equitation division, where riders were asked to display more advanced skills than at normal competitions, by being required to ride without stirrups at the canter and posting trot. After drawing a difficult horse, who was very heavy on the forehand during the trot and canter, Lee placed sixth.

Ho gave an impressive performance, but did not place in the novice flat division, which was so large that it was divided into heats. Randles finished off the day by winning fifth place with a strong ride in the walk-trot category.

The equestrian team as a whole ranked seventh overall in the region for the 1999-2000 show season, showing improvement since last year’s eighth place finish. The team continues to train with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for the fall season, and hopes to perform even better next year. Related stories: