Equestrian to Send Five to Regionals

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth equestrian team competed at two separate events this past weekend. On Saturday the team competed in Hebron, CT, at a show sponsored by Holy Cross and on Sunday it traveled to a show held by Johnson & Wales University at Rehoboth, MA.

Freshman Leah Bouch (Portsmouth, MA/Portsmouth) captured first place in Intermediate on the flat and took second over fences at Saturday's show. Bouch's finish in these two events sent her into a ride off with six other riders for the title of Reserve High Point Rider. The first-year rider took home the honor and also qualified for regionals on the flat with a first-place ribbon.

Junior team captain Kathryn Gardner (Concord, MA/Concord Carlisle) won second in her flat class to also qualify for regionals.

Sophomore Rachael Pacheco (Fall River, MA/Durfee) placed first on the flat in the Novice division.

Freshman Colleen Waclawik (Rochester, MA/Old Rochester Regional) was first in her class in the advanced walk/trot/canter division, while classmate Elaina Hoeppner (Southwick, MA/Tolland Regional) took second in her class.

In the Beginner walk/trot/canter division, freshman Erin Robinson (Medway, MA/Tri-County Reg. Voc. Tech.) was second, sophomores Natalie Fenberg (Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) and Lauryn Mort (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional) tied for fourth, classmate Sarah Murray (Sharon, MA/Sharon) was fifth and senior Jackie Reis (Westport, MA/Westport) was sixth.

The team saw continued success at Sunday's meet, highlighted by Pacheco taking home her second first-place ribbon of the weekend on the flat in the Novice division.

After Saturday's strong showing, Gardner moved up to Intermediate on the flat and finished second.

Bouch placed fourth in the Intermediate division over fences before also taking fourth in the Open equitation on the flat.

In the Advanced walk/trot/canter Robinson was fifth and Mort sixth.

Regionals will be held this Saturday, March 23rd, at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, CT. In all, five members of the UMass Dartmouth equestrian team qualified for regionals: Bouch (Intermediate on the flat), Gardner (Novice on the flat), Fenberg and Reis (Walk/Trot) and Pacheco (Walk/Trot/Canter).

                            UMASS DARTMOUTH EQUESTRIAN