Amanda Grumman, Elizabeth Redding and Cheryl Adams of
Cazenovia College won consecutive intermediate fences classes at the December
5th Region 2 Hunter Seat Show.
CAZENOVIA WINS 13 CLASSES IN A ROW, SWEEPS FENCES, SCORES 46!
Cazenovia, NY - It would be an understatment to say that Cazenovia won for
the fourth time in as many attempts this season. Terms such as "Rout" and
"Annihilate" apply more to football but are almost worthy here.
Though Rachel Ragazzino and Tarah Watson of Saint Lawrence won two of the
first three open flat classes to start the day, Megan Cowan's first in section D
of open flat would start a very impressive run for Cazenovia. Three open fences
classes went to the wildcats, with Missy Starr (who won section B of open flat),
Cowan and Frank Bassett the winners. Bassett, who was very impressive at 2002
IHSA Nationals, was riding in open fences for the first time. Three sections of
intermediate fences also went to Caz, with Amanda Grumman, Elizabeth Redding and
Cheryl Adams the victors.
Five sections of novice fences came and went, with Sarah Behrens, Lindsay
Urbanski, Jennifer Nyhan, Lesley Olander and Sarah Tripoli of Cazenovia winning
in that order. Following a 65 minute lunch break, Adams won her intermediate
flat class before Hannah Stonefield of Saint Lawrence ended the Cazenovia win
streak with a blue ribbon in section B of intermediate flat. The wildcat streak
totalled 13, with all eleven fences sections included. Cazenovia riders also
placed second three times and third four times in those jumping sections.
Besides a sweep of the fences, Cazenovia also swept the entire novice division,
as Urbanski, Nyhan, Sarah Raynsford, Kate Bennett and Kate Brown won sections
A through E of novice flat.
At the end of the day (which turned out to be 6:30PM), Cazenovia had won with
46 points, their best showing of the season to date. There was no ride-off,
though Starr, Cowan, Adams, Urbanski and Nyhan all had two firsts. Runner-up
Saint Lawrence moved from third overall in the Region 2 standings to second,
scoring a season-high 36 points but now trialing the wildcats by 37. So great was
the strength of Cazenovia and Saint Lawrence that only three of the
32 classes went to riders not on the wildcats' or saints' rosters. When Lindsay
Huff of Syracuse won the first section of advanced walk-trot-canter, she became
the first rider from a team other than Cazenovia or Saint Lawrence to receive a
blue ribbon (the 24th class of the day for the record).
No visitors from the Great White North just yet: The University of Ottawa
is expected to show on December 13th at Saint Lawrence, which will mark the
first time the Gee-Gees have shown in the region since the Spring 2003 Cazenovia
show. Another Canadian school, the University of Guelph, is planning to show at
some point this season. Guelph was actually in this region on two previous
occasions, most recently in 1993.
Alumni standings do not change: Though it may come as a surprise to
some, there are several regions in the IHSA where Friday shows are not
uncommon. Today's Cazenovia show marks the first time in many years that a
Zone 2, Region 2 school scheduled a (regular-season) weekday show. Attendance
was still strong, though the only casualty was that several Alumni could not get
time off from work to compete. Though Allyson Thibodeau (a Cazenovia
graduate who works for the riding program) and Alicia Fereday (a
S.U.N.Y. - Oswego graduate who coaches her alma mater) were in attendance, the
rest of the current alumni riders were not present, and thus no alumni classes
12/5 Show Incidentals: High Temperature in the upper 20's. Mostly sunny
skies. Entire show held indoors. Start time: 9:00AM. Finish: 6:30PM -
includes 65 minute lunch break/coaches & captains meeting and several
separate schooling breaks totaling an additional 30 minutes. Point cards posted
in this region? Yes. Alumni Classes held in this region? Yes but not on this
day. Judge: Tony Sgarlata. Stewards: Backer/Alfred University,
Drueding/St. Lawrence University and Van Patten/Syracuse University.
Team Totals: Cazenovia College (High Point Team) 46; Saint Lawrence
University (Reserve) 36; Syracuse University 23; State University of New York at
Geneseo 22; Nazareth College 21; Alfred University 20; Rochester Institute of
Technology 19; State University of New York at Oswego 14; State University of
New York at Potsdam 12 and University of Rochester 7.
High Point Rider - FIVE WAY TIE between Missy Starr, Cazenovia College, Megan
Cowan, Cazenovia College, Cheryl Adams, Cazenovia College, Lindsey Urbanski,
Cazenovia College and Jennifer Nyhan, Cazenovia College.