The Red equestrian team hosts its final competition of the fall semester this Sunday.
The team’s win over rival Skidmore last weekend gave the Red a tenuous claim to first place in the regional standings. On Sunday, the team will attempt to increase its one-point lead and distance itself from the competition.
“We don’t want to get complacent,” said head coach Chris Mitchell. “We are leading the region by one point. This show is very important.”
Mitchell is confident that the Red will be able to perform under pressure. He says that athletes are aware of the importance of this competition, but have been able to focus in practice.
“From what I’ve seen in practice,” he said, “they’re aware of it, but not worried about it.”
Of all the teams Mitchell has coached, he believes this year’s group has the greatest potential.
“I have what I would consider a national team,” Mitchell said.
He believes that this group of riders has the ability to qualify for the national competition and succeed at that level.
“I think this year, we are letting it be known that we are a national contender,” he added.
Of its three competitions this fall, the Red has won two shows and earned second place in the other.
A more personal rivalry will play out on Sunday as well. Jamie Jansen, a senior rider for Skidmore, is in first place in the competition for the Cacchione Cup. This is an award given to the individual athlete that earns the most points in regional competition. Cornell sophomore Asta Torokvei is in second place, four points behind Jansen, and junior Erica Rosen trails Jansen by nine points in fourth place.
“[Jansen] is very good. She is the one to beat,” Mitchell said. “[But] any of my Open riders could beat her. They have proven they’re the strongest in our division this year.”
If all goes according to plan for the Red, either Torokvei or Rosen will claim the top spot in the individual points category, and the team will increase its overall lead in the region.
“Everyone’s riding wonderfully,” Mitchell said. “We’re very excited for our home show, our last show of the season.”
Archived article by Olivia Dwyer