HADLEY, Mass. - The Mount Holyoke riding team headed to Amherst on Saturday, taking part in the second to last show of the regular season at Hadley Farm. The event, which was hosted by UMass-Amherst, saw the Lyons win their seventh straight show to remain undefeated on the season. Additionally, MHC increased its regional lead to 53 points and have clinched their berth at Zones, which will be held on April 4th at the MHC Equestrian Center.
Sophomore Bridget Finnerty started off the day with a win in Open Fences for MHC, followed closely by first-year Mollie Kowalchik placing second. Senior Maura Zaldonis had a tricky horse and was granted a reride, where she put in a great round for a sixth place finish.
In Intermediate Fences, seniors Jess Murray and Anne Waldo both had nice rounds and placed second and third, respectively. In Novice Fences, seniors Kathleen Kelly and Ruby Rodell both had good rides and each placed fourth, while first-year Anna Rzchowski placed fifth on a tough horse.
MHC's IEA coach Tara Mathews rode in Alumni Fences for UConn and once again won her class, and later in Alumni Flat placed second. The team's Strengh and Conditioning coach, Courtney Findeisen, rode for Siena College in Alumni Flat and placed fourth on a tough horse.
Moving on with the flat classes, Zaldonis brought home a blue ribbon in Open Flat while senior Abby Raucher placed third, senior Heather Zadra fourth, and Finnerty fifth. The Lyons went 1-2 in Intermediate Flat with senior Maddi Shortt coming in first place and sophomore Cam Carter in second.
Then in Novice Flat Rodell and Rzchowski each won their sections while senior Emily Bessette and first-year Laura Bartlett each placed sixth on difficult draws. Walk-Trot-Canter followed, where senior Maneh Kotikian placed third and senior Callie Calder fifth in the Advanced section, and sophomore Regina Brecha was fifth in the Beginner section. Finally, first-year Wendy Ho won Walk-Trot and sophomore Flora Fei came in fifth.
With her ride today, Brecha moved out of Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter and into the advanced section. In addition, several riders qualified for Regionals today:
Bridget Finnerty - Open Fences
Maneh Kotikian - Walk-Trot-Canter
Mollie Kowalchik - Open Fences
Jess Murray - Intermediate Fences
Abby Raucher - Open Flat
Maddi Shortt - Intermediate Flat
Anne Waldo - Intermediate Fences
Mount Holyoke competes again at UMass on Saturday, March 28th, followed by Regionals the next day at Biscuit Hill Farm.
Team results for the day:
High Point College - Mount Holyoke College, 32 points
Reserve High Point College - Westfield State University, 27 points
3rd Place - University of Massachusetts Amherst, 26 points
4th Place - Smith College, 22 points
5th Place - Williams College, 17 points
6th Place - Amherst College, 16 points
7th Place - Springfield College, 10 points
Team standings for the season:
1st Place - Mount Holyoke College, 276 points
2nd Place - University of Massachusetts Amherst, 223 points
3rd Place - Westfield State University, 189 points
4th Place - Smith College, 182 points
5th Place - Williams College, 117 points
6th Place - Springfield College, 108 points
7th Place - Amherst College, 103 points
Cacchione Cup standings:
1st Place - Bridget Finnerty (MHC) and Paige Hendrickson (WSU), 62 points
3rd Place - Emily Orchant (Williams), 56 points
4th Place - Maura Zaldonis (MHC), 50 points
5th Place - Abby Raucher (MHC), 45 points
Story courtesy of Anne Waldo '15, MHC riding team member.