Saints riding team regain ground with Sunday show win
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 6:46 am

St. Lawrence University's riding team fell back on Saturday, but regained lost ground on Sunday as the fall portion of the 2012-13 show season concluded with Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competitions at Cazenovia and the Elsa Gunnison Appleton Riding Hall.

Cazenovia scored a perfect 49 on Saturday with the Saints second with 37 as Cazenovia increased its regional point lead by 12. The Saints came back to win Sunday's show in Canton, scoring 44 points with Cazenovia second with 35 and Guelph third with 31, regaining nine points in the race for high point team. Heading into the final two shows of the season in February, Cazenovia leads the Saints 247-238.

The Saints had a big day in their first home show on Sunday with three riders participating in a four-person ride-off for high point rider in the show in addition to the team win. Sophomore Emily D'Alessandro won the ride-off with Alyssa Bokor finishing as reserve high point rider. Senior Casey Zuraitis also rode in the rideoff along with Haley Bell of Cazenovia.

D'Alessandro, Bokor and Zuraitis were all double-event winners on Sunday as all three won classes of open equitation over fences. D'Alessandro and Zuraitis won their classes of open equitation on the flat and Bokor won her class in intermediate equitation on the flat for her other win.

Other Saint winners on Sunday included Sarah Buck in intermediate fences, Mackenzie Alderman and Anna Haron in novice on the flat and Annalyse Kowalczyk in walk-trot.

Buck was second in novice on the flat, Becky Walsh was second in advanced walk-trot-canter and Amelia Heroux was second in beginner walk-trot-canter with Molly Coryer finishing third in intermediate fences.

On Saturday at Cazenovia Saint riders won all three classes of intermediate fences with Emma Sutphen, Alderman and Coryer all taking blue ribbons. Haron added a win in novice flat and Klare Nevins was first in beginner walk-trot-canter.

Bokor was second in open fences, Zuraitis took second in intermediate on the flat while Buck and Gwen Bailey were second in novice flat. Jenna Gunnell took second in advanced walk-trot-canter with D'Alessandro third in open flat and Kowalczyk third in walk-trot.

Intercollegiate competition will resume Feb. 23 and 24 with shows at Cazenovia and St. Lawrence.