“Together we are strong, separate we are not as strong.”
This phrase, though simple, is a saying to live by this season for the equestrian team, which enters the season with its highest expectations in quite some time.
Winning is the first priority with this team, which head coach Chris Mitchell described as the most talented squad he has ever coached. From the Open category, the most experienced, and down through Intermediate and Novice, Mitchell has confidence in each rider’s ability to perform.
Although there is a core group of riders that the team will turn to first, Mitchell is most excited about the team’s depth this season.
“I can bring anyone in at any division,” he raved.
The Intermediate competitors are the strongest for the Red.
Based on the vast depth and talent, the Red has set some very high goals for the year.
“Our first goal right now is to win the Region,” said Mitchell.
In order to do this, the Red will have to overcome stiff competition from Skidmore, its arch-nemesis. Morrisville and Colgate also pose serious threats.
However, after finishing in second place as the Regional Reserve champion the past two years, the Red is focused on the overall title this year.
“I’m focused, the girls are focused, it’s just a matter of doing the job at hand,” said Mitchell.
Due to several strong individuals, the Red expects to place several riders in regional and national competition. Several of the team members are in contention for the Cacchione Cup, an award that goes to the rider in the region that scores the most points for her team over the course of the season. The Red has consistently had riders among the top five regional scorers.
Cornell has gotten off to a strong start. The team won the Hartwick Show on Nov. 8, and finished second behind Skidmore at the Morrisville Show on Nov. 15. So far this season, the team has earned 86 points. This puts the Red in second place in the Region, just three points behind Skidmore. The Red will look to climb to the top at the Skidmore Show on Saturday.
“This team can do it, wants to do it,” Mitchell said. “The determination and focus is there.”
Archived article by Olivia Dwyer