After last year’s successful campaign, the equestrian team rode in its first competition Saturday at the Hartwick College Horse show in an all-New York affair. The Red came in fourth with 32 points, following perennial regional champions Skidmore (43), Morrisville (37). Colgate tied the Red and Cobleskill (31), Hartwick (28), Binghamton (22), Ithaca (21) and Sienna (14) rounded out the rest of the competition.
Both the veteran and young riders performed well to the pleasure of head coach Christopher Mitchell.
“I’m extremely happy with the way everybody rode. [It was] the most consistent riding I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” he praised.
Freshman Arianna Tunsky-Brashich provided the highlight of the day, winning her two events — the novice fences and novice flats. Competing in her first collegiate show, she was named High Point Rider of the Day.
“She just kicked butt,” Mitchell praised.
“We were expecting [the rookies] to ride very well,” he said, “but they were spectacular.”
Two of last year’s strong teammates, seniors Julie Canter and Zo