MIT Equestrian Team Kicks Off Fall Season
Four Members Ride in Stonewell TournamentBy Jenny Lee
Last Saturday, the MIT equestrians headed down to Windcrest Farm in Hebron, CT for the first competition of the fall season, hosted by Stonehill College. Four members of the team battled the wind and chilly temperatures to participate in this intercollegiate event featuring competitors from such schools as Harvard, Boston University, and Wellesley.
After pointing up from the intermediate division last spring, Jenny Lee ’02 made her debut in the open category over fences riding a 16.0 hand dark bay mare named Amber.
Kathryn A. Luke ’04 placed fifth in her open over fences class riding the same horse.
In the alumni division, Hilary S. Chapman G rode a 15.0 hand chestnut gelding named Joey over fences and won third place.
The flat phase of the competition took place in the afternoon under overcast and dry skies. Chapman once again took third in the alumni division riding Snake, a 16.3 hand bay gelding.
Lee rode against a highly competitive field in the open flat division on a 16 hand gray gelding named Storm.
Luke, riding a 16 hand chestnut gelding named Isaac, faced equally stiff competition in her open flat class and pinned fourth.
Ida Ortiz ’04, competing for only her second time, rode well in the walk-trot division on Irish, a 16.2 hand dark bay mare, and placed fifth.
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) events judge a rider’s ability to control an unfamiliar horse. Competitors are placed in divisions according to their previous riding experience, and are assigned mounts by random lottery. The most experienced riders compete in the open division, while beginners ride walk-trot, with a range of categories in between. The team continues to train with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela at Verrill Farms in preparation for an upcoming competition on November 10 hosted by Boston University, to be held at Holly Hill Show Stable in Hanover, Massachusetts.