March 31, 2009

Equestrian Qualifies Five Riders for Zone Championships

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Of the 15 riders that the equestrian team brought to the Region III championships in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday, a third of them advanced to the Zone II championships.
Of the seven divisions, the Red notched a Zone Qualifier in five of them.
With Skidmore hosting, the regionals opened with the Open Fences division, but a Cornell rider did not break the top-3 — necessary to advance to the Zone championships — until the next category: In Intermediate Fences, junior Brooke Cagwin took third.
Senior co-captains Dana Kendrick and Caroline Schulman moved on to the championship round of Open Flat competition. Schulman finished in seventh place, but Kendrick scored the regional reserve champion spot by placing second in the finals — moving on to the Zone championships.
In the Intermediate Flat division, sophomore Georgina Melbye also finished in second place, with senior co-captain Candace Berne also making it to the championship round.
The Red tallied another regional reserve champion in the Novice Flat division — sophomore Rachel Klion.
In the Walk-Trot-Canter field, sophomore Lauren Lavo also took silver — making the cut for the next round of championship play.
All in all, the Red tallied five total Zone Qaulifiers.
In addition, Cornell entered two riders each in the two divisions that it did not net a Zone Qualifier in: Novice Fences and Walk-Trot.