SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (March 1, 2011) - Elizabeth Tripp has earned the Lyon of the Week award for the week of February 21-27 after leading the riding team to a Reserve High Point Championship at the University of Massachusetts Intercollegiate Horse Show on Saturday.
The senior finished the day as the High Point Rider for the first time in career. As a team, Mount Holyoke took home eight blue ribbons on its way to a score of 35. It was the Lyons' first regular season show of the spring.
In addition to posting a first place finish in her section of the open fences division, Tripp also grabbed top honors in her class of the open flat division. By doing so, she qualified for the Zone 1, Region 3 Regional Championships in the open flat division.
Tripp has enjoyed a standout career at Mount Holyoke. As a first year, she secured Reserve High Point Rider and Intermediate High Point Rider accolades at the UMass Horse Show during the spring. The following season, she grabbed eighth place nationally in the intermediate flat division. During her junior season, Tripp was crowned champion of the open fences division at the Zone 1 Championships. She went on to represent the Lyons at the National Championships.
Mount Holyoke is slated to host its third show of the season on Saturday. With two regular season competitions remaining, the Lyons are 27 points in front of UMass in the regional standings. Tripp is currently ranked third in the regional Cacchione Cup standings. She trails classmates JoJo Gutfarb and Lindsay Sceats.
Photos by Doug Keller