Saints riding team close regular show season with a win
With the 2013-14 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Region 2 high point team title virtually clinched after the fall shows, St. Lawrence University's riding team used the final two shows of the regular season to give some of its younger riders a chance at competition.
The Saints went into Saturday's show at Cazenovia a 47-point leader over second place Cazenovia in the race for high point team and finished second to the host school. Cazenovia won with 43 points with the Saints second with 37 and Syracuse third with 35. In Sunday's final show of the regular season at the Elsa Gunnison Appleton Riding Hall, the Saints won for the sixth time in eight shows, scoring 36 points with Cazenovia second with 32 and the University of Ottawa third with 29.Saint junior Emily D'Allesandro earned reserve high point rider in Sunday's show, her second reserve high point rider finish to go with three high point rider showings for the season.
SLU, which is two-time defending national champion, won the high point title for the fourth straight year and will host the regional championship show on March 22.
Lauren Nolan was first in open equitation over fences, Grace Segrave won in intermediate fences, D'Alessandro in open on the flat and Klare Nevins in advanced walk-trot-canter in the Saturday show at Cazenovia. Emma Sutphen was second in open on the flat, Jessie Lewis second in intermediate on the flat and Liz Daponte and Annie Lufkin took second in novice on the flat for the Saints.
In Sunday's home show, Jesse Fortier won his class of open equitation over fences with D'Alessandro and Mackenzie Alderman taking seconds in the other two open fences classes. Daponte won in novice over fences and Segrave was second in intermediate fences.
D'Allessandro won open equitation on the flat, Jessie Lewis won in intermediate on the flat and Alderman was second in novice on the flat.
The regional show on March 22 will qualify individuals for zones. The Saints qualified as a team for the zone championships as high point team and will ride in the zone championships for the chance to advance to the nationals as a team for the fourth straight year. The Saints have qualified for nationals in five of the last six seasons.