Equestrians: A team on the rise
Elizabeth McCain, CONTRIBUTOR
The equestrian team finished its fall season with
the Mt. Ida Horse Show on October 21 and the Dartmouth Horse Show on the
28th. The Mt. Ida Horse Show was well attended with six members of the
nine-person team participating. Although the Bowdoin riders found themselves
with challenging mounts, everyone rode quite well with Bowdoin placing
first in Maine and 6th overall.
Despite frigid temperatures and falling snow, the Dartmouth
Horse Show, held over fall break, was still attended by five of the nine
team-members. The team again placed first in Maine, beating University
of Maine Orono, Bates and Colby, and placed 6th out of the ten teams in
the region, finishing ahead of the University of New Hampshire. While
this may not sound spectacular, the five schools ahead of Bowdoin have
established varsity riding programs with teams of 25 to 70 people.
All of the riders performed quite well. Captain Sarah
Turner '02 said "Everyone has come so far this season, really adjusting
to the set-up and riding much more confidently at the shows than at the
beginning of the season."
Highlights of the day included the performance of Krysia
Lazarewicz '04 who not only rode well, but also placed 4th on a horse
that threw many other competitors throughout the day. Anne Torregrossa
'02 placed 3rd and received enough points to move from beginner walk/trot/canter
to join Elspeth Faiman '04 in advanced walk/trot/canter when Torregrossa
returns next fall. Elizabeth McCain '03, who placed first in both of her
open level classes, also won High Point Rider, both of which are firsts
for the young Bowdoin team.
The team is looking forward to a strong spring season
with a few new faces expected to join the team and propel Bowdoin to further
success and greater respect as a presence in the region. Torregrossa and
Turner will be missed as both are spending the semester abroad in Australia,
but look for the younger riders to step up in their place. With the departure
of Turner, McCain will be acting captain for the semester.
If you are interested in joining the fastest growing
sport on campus, email email@example.com. All levels of riders are welcome,
even those who have no previous competition or riding experience. Keep
your eye out for the first show of the spring season hosted by Bowdoin
and Bates on March 3 in Durham, Maine. Also look for a get-to-know horses
day and other fun equestrian activities to be hosted by the equestrian