February 25, 2014

EQUESTRIAN | Red Wins Region, Looks Forward to Riding at Zones

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By ANNA JOHNSON

The Cornell equestrian team endured a pair of losses to Rochester and Alfred University this weekend.

However, after finding success earlier this season, the Red had already established a convincing lead in the charge for a regional title. Though Alfred and Rochester tied for high point, leaving Cornell reserve, the Red won seven classes and now heads to zones as regional champions.

According to freshman Gabrielle Rutkauskas, who won her class, the team had a unique approach to the contest, setting long-term goals and giving less experienced players the chance to show their skills.

“The team’s attitude toward the Alfred show was more laid back than it had been the whole season,” Rutkauskas said. “Because we were winning the regional title by so much, our coach wanted to give some of our girls who don’t normally get the chance to show the opportunity to showcase their abilities.”

ANDY JOHNSON/ SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERJunior co-captain Georgiana de Rahm was crowned winner of the Caccione Cup.

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