November 16, 2001

Riders Prepare to Battle Skidmore

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Tomorrow the equestrian team will compete in its second meet of this season at the Skidmore show in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Red will look to have another solid showing following last weeks performance at the Hartwick show, where the team finished fourth overall.

“Everyone rode well. If we ride as well as the last show then we should do very well,” indicated head coach Chris Mitchell on the team’s prospects this weekend.

The Red will hope for some repeat performances this week from several of its members. The team had six riders finish first in their respective fields at the Hartwick meet.

Senior captains Julie Canter and Zoe Orecki finished first and second respectively in the open flat. Sophomore Noelle Battle won the intermediate fences class while freshman Erica Rosen took first in the intermediate flat. Sophomore Jeannette Pettit had a solid first showing, placing second in both intermediate fences and intermediate flat events.

Cornell also had sophomore Eva Conant finish first in the advanced walk-trot canter, while sophomore Alaina Hoffman tied junior Arianna Tunsky-Brashich in the novice flat. Tunsky-Brashich had the strongest performance of the team last week, winning both the novice fences and novice flat class. Her effort earned her the High Point Rider honors for the show.

After one show Cornell ranks fourth in the league with 32 points. The Red will look to gain ground this weekend as they trail Skidmore (43), Morrisville (37), and Colgate (34).

Mitchell commented that, “We hope to have a good show. We will be hoping too for some breaks which we didn’t get last week.”

To get these breaks Mitchell emphasized, “it is necessary that everyone stays focused on this contest in order for us to win.”

The Red will look for all it riders, as Canter said, “to step up to the occasion and overtake Skidmore”.

Archived article by Chris Callanan