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Equestrian Team Faces Chilly Climate at Tufts Competition

Chapman, Lee, Wahlquist-Ortiz Finish Autumn Season at Millis; Team Continues to Train at Verrill Farms for Spring 2002 Season

By Jenny Lee

TEAM MEMBER

Last Saturday, the MIT Equestrian Team headed down to Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA for their final IHSA competition of the fall season, which was hosted by Tufts University. The team faced chilly temperatures, despite warm weather earlier in the week.

Hilary S. Chapman G drew the same horse she had last week at the Boston University competition, conferring the advantage of familiarity. Chapman rode Applause, a 14.2 hand bay pony, over fences in the alumni division. She began her course on the wrong lead and at a faster than ideal pace, but gained control and confidence as the round progressed, placing third.

The flat phase of the competition, in which riders were judged on their form, began in the afternoon. Chapman competed in the alumni flat division on a 15.2 hand bay mare named Anna, and placed fourth.

Jenny J. Lee ’02 drew a 16.1 hand chestnut gelding named Skipper in the random horse lottery for her open over fences class. She rode well through most of her round, but lost a stirrup after a flawed approach to the second to last jump.

As a consequence, she was not balanced enough to steer her horse over the final fence in time, and had to circle around it, which counted as a refusal. She had a second refusal when the horse, who had not been properly warmed up prior to Lee’s ride, stopped at that fence.

Lee was finally able to get Skipper over the last fence on her third try, narrowly escaping elimination, which automatically occurs after three refusals.

Lee once again drew Skipper for her open flat class and placed fifth, despite the fact that her mount was rather sluggish at the trot and canter, and she had no spurs.

Ida G. Wahlquist-Ortiz ’04 rode a bay gelding named Goliath in the walk-trot division. She also placed fifth after inadvertently cantering a few strides in the first direction, and picking up the wrong diagonal in the other.

The MIT equestrians will continue to ride with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela at Verrill Farms in preparation for the spring 2002 season.