Saints riding team places 1st, 2nd in Weekend IHSA Competition
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 4:53 am

St. Lawrence University's riding team came away with its first show win of the season at Rolelu Stables in a Intercollegiate Horse Show Association show hosted by Geneseo on Saturday and are second in Region II after four shows with a second place finish behind early leader Cazenovia at Cazenovia on Sunday.

The Saints, who ride at Cazenovia on Nov. 17 and host their fall show on Nov. 18 to conclude the fall portion of the schedule have 157 points through the first four shows of the season while Cazenovia leads the region with 163. Syracuse is a distant third in the ten-team region.

The Saints made a late surge in Saturday's show to overtake Cazenovia for the show championship, with their scoring riders all taking first in intermediate flat, novice flat, walk-trot-canter and walk-trot. Designated riders score team points in eight events to determine a team champion with seven points for a class win, five for second, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. One low score is thrown out and the best point total in seven events wins the show title.

Cazenovia had firsts in the three fences classes and open flat on Saturday, but the Saints stayed close as they had seconds in intermediate and novice fences and open flat before winning the final four flat classes for a 43-40 lead over Cazenovia with Syracuse third with 35 points. The Saints again had wins in the final four classes on Sunday and had a win in novice fences to go with seconds in open and intermediate fences, but Cazenovia's scoring riders placed first in six classes and were second in a seventh for a near-perfect score of 47. The Saints were second with 45 points while Syracuse and Potsdam tied for third with 28 points.

Sheila Murray and Annalyse Kowalczyk each had a pair of wins in weekend competition with Murray winning her class of walk-trot-canter on Saturday and winning in novice on the flat on Sunday. Kowalczyk was first in walk-trot in both shows.

Other Saturday winners for the Saints included Emma Sutphen and Casey Zuraitis in intermediate flat, and Sarah Buck in novice flat. Alyssa Bokor was second in open fences, Mackenzie Alderman, Lauren Tannenhaus and Sarah Buck were second in intermediate fences, Anna Haron and Gwen Bailey were second in novice fences and Emily D'Alessandro was second in open on the flat.

Bailey took first in novice fences, Bokor was first in intermediate on the flat and second in open fences and Emma Jones joined Murray with a win in novice on the flat at Cazenovia on Sunday.

Alderman was second in intermediate fences, Kohee Tyner was second in walk-trot and Haron was second in novice fences with D'Alessandro taking third in both open fences and open flat and Mary Donahue placing third in novice on the flat.