It is crunch time for the equestrian team as it heads into Morrisville trailing Skidmore by 21 points. It is only two shows remaining for the only spot that advances to Zones.
Yet Cornell has an advantage coming into tomorrow, namely momentum. Cornell is coming off its biggest victory of the season last Sunday, where it soundly won its own show by eight points to remain alive for zones. In addition, five riders qualified for Regionals. The victory was bittersweet in that Skidmore had taken the first Cornell show from the Red by a single point.
“We have been preparing the same way that we usually have been, though I have been trying to give the girls some rest after their long weekend,” indicated head coach Chris Mitchell.
The Red will look for strong performances from senior captains Zoe Oreki and Julie Canter in the Open division. Canter had a phenomenal performance last week, finishing the day as high point reserve rider after winning both her divisions in the Open flat and Open fences. Oreki’s performance was also solid, claiming second place in both of her respective divisions and earning a berth to regionals in the open flat.
The Red will also need strong performances from fellow senior captain Helen O’Brien and junior Kate Cornell if it is to be dominant in the Open division.
In the Intermediate division, freshman pair Kate Reynolds and Erica Rosen has been riding consistently for Cornell. They may be joined by sophomore Alaina Hoffman, fresh off from earning a berth to Regionals in the Novice flat for the Red.
Freshman Gillian Pech will likely be Cornell’s representative in the Novice division. She may be joined by sophomore Eva Conant who has moved up after qualifying for regions in Advanced Walk-Trot.
Sophomore Erin Goodrich will likely represent the Walk-Trot class, which notably swept its division last week.
With some students moving to different divisions after qualifying for regionals, the Red is going to need others to step up to fulfill these roles. Cornell will also need another solid effort from the whole team if it is going to be successful.
“We are looking to have a good day and cut the deficit to Skidmore. Traditionally we have done well at Morrisville,” Mitchell said.
Archived article by Chris Callanan