After a landmark year in women’s equestrian on East Hill, the Red heads to Cazenovia for the Zonal Championships which determine who will receive bids for the nationals.
For the first time Cornell will be represented individually and in the team event. Being Reserve High Point team to Skidmore in its respective region, Cornell secured a place among the six total teams. Army, Cazenovia, Sentinary and St. Lawrence will provide ample opponents for the Red.
Before the 2000-2001 campaign, the zone was split into two regions, and the winner of each region was invited to the national championship. But after dividing the zone into three regions, a team competition was devised. The top two teams will go to nationals.
“it’s a very big step for the program,” sophomore and Reserve High Point rider for the region, Julie Canter, said. “Finishing second to Skidmore is very good for us.”
Eight women will try to garner points for the team. Canter will ride in the Open Flat, classmates Dawn Greenberg, Sara Cohen, and Patty Kahwaty will compete in the intermediate flat, walk-trot-canter and walk-trot, respectively. Junior Zoe Orecki, who was one place behind Canter in points for the region, is scheduled to ride the open fences, while freshman Jeannette Pettit is in the intermediate fences event. Senior Missy Potter is pulling double-duty in the novice fences and flat.
Four team members also won their way into the individual competition. Canter leads the way in the Open Fences, sophomore Stacey Olexy will be in the intermediate flat. Two seniors —