Michaela Kessel Earns Reserve High Point Rider to Open Equestrian Season

Michaela Kessel Earns Reserve High Point Rider to Open Equestrian Season

PAXTON, Mass.- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth equestrian team had a great start to the season on Saturday, placing fifth out of eleven teams at Becker College's IHSA show. The Corsairs competed at Becker College in Paxton, Mass. for the first IHSA show of the season.

How It Happened

Senior Michaela Kessel (Haverhill, Mass.) set the bar high by qualifying for Regionals in Intermediate over Fences and becoming the Reserve High Point rider of the show. Kessel placed first in her intermediate over fences class and second on novice flat.

Junior captain Olivia van der Meer (Medway, Mass.) put forth a great ride in open over fences, placing second. Van der Meer also placed sixth out of ten riders in the open flat class.

Freshmen Kayleigh Sauyet (Andover, Conn.), Sage Bauman (Sterling, Mass.) and Amanda Read (Seekonk, Mass.) all made their IHSA debuts. Sauyet placed fifth in her novice over fences class and fourth in her novice flat class. Bauman placed fourth in her advanced walk/trot/canter class, and Read placed third in her walk/trot class. Sophomore Lyndsey Getchell (Dartmouth, Mass.) also stunned the judge, awarding her with a third place ribbon in her advanced walk/trot/canter class.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth will show next at Roger Williams's IHSA show in Tiverton, R.I. this coming Saturday, Oct. 21.