AU English equestrian team takes third at Zones; two Saxons riders advance to nationals
GREENVALE, NY -- The Alfred University English equestrian team just missed out on a trip to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships, placing third at the Zone 2 hunt seat championships Sunday, April 7. Two AU riders did advance to nationals, where they will compete as individuals.
The Zone 2 championships were held at the Long Island University-C.W. Post College facility in Greenvale, NY. The top two riders in each individual class and the top two teams at Zone championships qualify for nationals. In addition to sending a team to Sunday’s Zone 2 show, AU also had five riders (four from the hunt seat team) competing as individuals.
Senior Amelia Keyes (Webster, NY/Penfield) took second intermediate equitation over fences and sophomore Casey Duncan (Stuarts Draft, VA/Stuarts Draft) took second in novice equitation on the flat to qualify for the individual competition at IHSA nationals, set for May 2-5 in Harrisburg, PA.
The AU English team just missed out on a trip to nationals as well, finishing a mere two points behind second-place Skidmore. Junior Amalia Maslen (Chardon, OH/Andrews Osborne) led the Saxons in the team competition, winning intermediate equitation over fences.
Also in team competition, Keyes was fourth in both open equitation on the flat and over fences; Duncan was third in intermediate equitation on the flat; freshman Stephanie Zimicki (Lockport, NY/St. Mary’s) was third in novice equitation on the flat; freshman Brittany Green (Middletown, NY/Minisink Valley) was third in novice equitation over fences; freshman Haley Argersinger (West Monroe, NY/Paul V. Moore) was fourth in walk-trot-canter; and junior Nicole Mekker (Liverpool, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) was second in walk-trot.
In addition to Keyes and Duncan, Zimicki, Maslen and senior Sarah Schron (Whitehall, OH/ECofT) also competed as individuals. Zimicki was fourth in novice equitation over fences; Maslen was sixth in intermediate equitation over on the flat; and Schron was third in walk-trot-canter.
Keyes and Duncan will join two AU Western Team members at the national championships. Junior Derek Partridge (Groveland, NY/Geneseo) and sophomore Lexi Buckheit (Mansfield, PA/Mansfield) will compete at nationals in open reining.
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