TIVERTON, R.I. – At its annual home IHSA competition, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth equestrian team took fifth overall, tying with Salve Regina as the Corsairs co-hosted the day with Rhode Island College at Claddagh Farm.
How it Happened
A majority of the team competed in large classes, while running the show. It was a challenging day for the team, but a few riders stunned the judge.
The Corsairs secured another spot for spring's Regionals with sophomore Lyndsey Getchell's (Dartmouth, Mass.) amazing ride on one of UMass Dartmouth's own horses, Bandit. Getchell placed fourth in her Advanced Walk Trot Canter class, and as a result advances to the Novice division.
Senior captain Nicole Ineson (Maynard, Mass.) and freshman Amanda Read (Seekonk, Mass.) both took first-place finishes on the event to pace UMass Dartmouth on the day. Ineson shined in her Beginner Walk Trot Canter class, taking first in the event out of seven competitors. Read also placed first of seven competitors in her Walk Trot class, and has been improving every week.
Junior captain Olivia Van der Meer (Medway, Mass.) placed fifth in her Open over Fences class and fourth on her open flat class. Senior Anna von Einem (Caracas, Venezuela) collected a pair of fourth place finishes, competing in Intermediate over Fences and Intermediate Flat.
Three Corsairs, including freshman Kayleigh Sauyet (Andover, Conn.) and Sage Bauman (Sterling, Mass.) and sophomore Michaela Kessel (Haverhill, Mass.) all gathered top-five finishes. Sauyet placed fourth in Novice over Fences, with Bauman sealing third in Advanced Walk Trot Canter and Kessel third in Novice Flat. Junior Shelby Cunningham (Mattapoisett, Mass.) earned seventh in her Advanced Walk Trot Canter class.
UMass Dartmouth will be preparing this week to compete at Salve Regina University this coming Saturday, Nov. 4.