The equestrian team travels to Saratoga Springs tomorrow for the Skidmore show. Cornell has placed third in each of its first two shows so far this year, with the Thoroughbreds claiming the top spot both times. Colgate placed second in both shows. Also attending tomorrow will be Binghamton, Cobleskill, Hartwick, Ithaca, Morrisville, Siena, and Rensselaer.
Led by tri-captains seniors Kate Cornell and Julie Canter and junior Jeannette Pettit in the Open Fences, the Red enters tomorrow’s show looking for a breakthrough.
Last week, three riders earned invites to Regionals in the spring with strong performances at Morrisville. Sophomore Kate Reynolds placed third in intermediate fences while classmate Gillian Pech took second in novice fences. Senior Kim Huppe placed third in walk-trot.
Cornell had several other top finishes at Morrisville. Junior Aliana Hoffman and freshman Megan Gates both placed second in their respective classes in intermediate flats.
Last year, Cornell enjoyed great success at the two Skidmore shows, placing first in the fall and second and the spring. Skidmore is perennially strong and will be a team that the young Cornell squad hopes to overtake in future shows. The Thoroughbreds currently the Red by 11 points — a difference that Cornell can make up throughout the season.
Coach Chris Mitchell is confident that the Red can reach the level of success that Skidmore has already achieved.
“We’re not there yet. We need that breakout show. We’ll have it, and it’ll be this year,” he said.
After tomorrow’s show, the Red will prepare to host the Cornell show on Dec. 8, which will be the team’s last appearance of the fall semester.
Archived article by Owen Bochner