Riding Collects High Point Championship at Home Show

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (March 6, 2010) – With Lindsay Sceats, JoJo Gutfarb, Margaret Swanson and Stephanie Tagliatela leading the way, the Mount Holyoke College riding team cruised to a High Point Championship at its spring home show today. It was the Lyons fifth high point title of the season.

Sceats was crowned High Point Rider after taking top honors in her sections of open flat and open fences. Meanwhile, Gutfarb secured Reserve High Point Rider accolades after winning her class of the open fences division and taking second place in her section of the open flat division.

Swanson finished atop the standings in her class of the intermediate fences division and grabbed third place in her section of the intermediate flat division en route to earning High Point Intermediate Rider honors. Additionally, Tagliatela was named Reserve High Point Novice Rider following a first place performance in the novice flat.

Mount Holyoke piled up 47 points on the day to secure the title. The University of Massachusetts Amherst took home Reserve High Point honors with 32 points, while Amherst College (27), Smith College (22), Becker College (21), Assumption College (19), Williams College (18), Springfield College (17), the College of the Holy Cross (16), Hampshire College (14), Westfield State College (13), Clark University (3) and Landmark College (3) rounded out the 13 team field.

The Lyons racked up 17 blue ribbons overall. In addition to Sceats, Gutfarb, Swanson and Tagliatela, Elanna Bellows (walk-trot-canter), Teresa Campbell (beginner walk-trot-canter), Emily Coggins (novice flat), Caroline Daly (novice fences), Caitlin Dickinson (novice flat), Paulina Erni (walk-trot), Sally Gibb (novice fences), Jasmine Haddad (walk-trot-canter), Hadley King (walk-trot), Jordan McMullen (novice fences), Nida Sanglimsuwan (beginner walk-trot-canter) and Allison Walters (novice flat) each posted first place finishes.

Mount Holyoke is slated to take part in a group hosted show at Hadley Farms on Saturday, March 27.