Chapman Excels at IHSA EventBy Jenny Lee
The MIT Equestrians headed out to Holly Hill Show Stable in Hanover, MA last Saturday to compete in an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association show hosted by Boston University. Four members of the team braved the cold weather to participate in this event.
Kathryn A. Luke ’04 rode in the first class of the day. She drew a 15.3 hand chestnut gelding named Alvin in the random horse lottery, and placed fourth in the open over fences division against ten other riders.
Jenny Lee ’02 competed in the second of the open jumping classes on Illando, a 16.2 hand chestnut gelding. Although she rode well over the rest of the fences, flawed approaches to her first two jumps took her out of the ribbons in the large class of twelve competitors.
Hilary S. Chapman G drew a 14.2 hand bay pony named Applause for the alumni over fences division. She gave a great performance, marred only by her failure to pick up the correct lead after one of the jumps. Chapman placed second.
The flat phase of the competition took place in the afternoon. Riders walked, trotted, and cantered their mounts on command around the ring while being judged on their form.
Luke rode a large, 17.2 hand bay gelding named Ziggy in the highly competitive open flat category.
Lee drew Quambo, a 16.1 hand bay gelding for her open flat class, and placed fourth.
In the alumni flat division, Chapman rode Sherman, a 15.3 hand roan gelding, and placed third.
Ida Ortiz ’04 drew a 16.1 hand grey gelding named Waldo for her walk-trot class, and placed fourth.
The team continues to train with coach Kate Alderfer-Candela at Verrill Farms in preparation for competitions on November 17 and 18, hosted by Tufts University and Endicott College respectively.