Riding Finishes 2nd in Regular Season Finale Show

Riding Finishes 2nd in Regular Season Finale Show

AMHERST, Mass. –The Mount Holyoke College riding team was in action on Saturday at the final show of the regular season, co-hosted by UMass and Westfield State. The Lyons finished second overall, just one point behind overall winner, Smith College. Despite snow, wind and several difficult draws, MHC amassed 36 points, winning the region by a 56 point margin to advance to the Zone Finals next weekend.

Starting off the day, senior Maura Zaldonis placed third in Open Fences and sophomore Bridget Finnerty received fifth place, both riding tough horses.  In Intermediate Fences, senior Ruby Rodell had a nice round for third place, junior Genevieve Couldwell placed sixth, and senior Laura Von der Porten rode well for a reserve call.  Novice Fences followed with senior Sam Stone winning her section and first-years Haley Lamoureux and Emily Holowczak each placing fourth.  Lamoureux was riding in her IHSA debut.

After a brief schooling break for the flat horses, Stone came right back to place second in her section of Novice Flat.  Also in Novice Flat, sophomore Allee Platanitis placed third, Holowczak placed fourth, and sophomore Romy Faucher-Mayhew placed sixth.  In Intermediate Flat, senior Jess Murray won her section, Rodell placed second, sophomore Cam Carter was third, Von der Porten finished fifth, and senior Erinn Lew was sixth. 

In a large class of 9 riders, Finnerty rode to second place in Open Flat while Zaldonis had a nice ride on a difficult horse.  Walk-Trot-Canter followed with senior Callie Calder winning her section, first-year Morgan Brachfeld placing third, and sophomore Regina Brecha fifth.  To wrap up the day, the Lyons took the top spots in Walk-Trot with first-year Alexandra Friedman winning and junior Alexis Holliday placing second.

Stone ended the day tied for Reserve High Point Rider with her first and second place finishes, and was named Reserve Novice High Point Rider after participating in a quiz bowl.  In addition, Rodell was the Intermediate High Point Rider for the day.

With Regionals taking place on Sunday, March 29th, three additional riders from Mount Holyoke qualifed at the show on Saturday.  Those riders were:

Cam Carter - Intermediate Flat

Sam Stone - Novice Flat and Fences

Maura Zaldonis - Open Fences

A total of 18 riders from Mount Holyoke qualifed for Regionals, with some riders qualifying in flat and fences to make 26 rides for MHC.  Those riders are:

Walk-Trot-Canter: Jackie Azelby, Emily Bessette, Kathleen Kelly, Maneh Kotikian

Novice Flat: Erinn Lew, Jess Murray, Sam Stone, Laura Von der Porten

Novice Fences: Genevieve Couldwell, Sam Stone, Laura Von der Porten

Intermediate Flat: Cam Carter, Maddi Shortt, Anne Waldo, Heather Zadra

Intermediate Fences: Claire Herlin, Erinn Lew, Jess Murray, Abby Raucher, Maddi Shortt, Anne Waldo

Open Flat: Bridget Finnerty, Abby Raucher

Open Fences: Bridget Finnerty, Mollie Kowalchik, Maura Zaldonis

Finnerty began the day tied with Westfield State University's Paige Hedrickson for the Cacchione Cup, but after a difficult fences draw ended up 5 points behind.  Despite riding very well on the flat, Finnerty was unable to catch up to Hendrickson, so Zone 1 Region 3 will be represented by Hendrickson at IHSA Nationals for the Cacchione Cup class.

Team results for the day:

High Point College - Smith College, 37 points

Reserve High Point College - Mount Holyoke College, 36 points

3rd Place - University of Massachusetts Amherst, 33 points

4th Place - Westfield State University, 28 points

5th Place - Amherst College, 19 points

6th Place - Springfield College, 7 points

7th Place - Williams College - 3 points


Overall team results:

1st Place - Mount Holyoke College, 312

2nd Place - University of Massachusetts Amherst, 256

3rd Place - Smith College, 219

4th Place - Westfield State University, 217

5th Place - Amherst College, 122

6th Place - Williams College, 120

7th Place - Springfield College, 115


Story courtesy of MHC Rider, Anne Waldo.