November 16, 2011

Historic Day for SHU Equestrian at Wesleyan

It was a special day for the Pioneers, but as they stepped onto Wesleyan's home turf in the morning, they had no idea just how special it was going to be.  The show started strong when senior captains Brian Buchanan and Abbie Britton won their open jumping and open flat classes in convincing fashion, keeping the pioneers at a perfect score of 14 through two classes.  Next, the intermediate riders were called on to keep the scores rolling.  Freshman Taylor DiBella and sophomore Ali Normandeau won their over fences classes respectively, putting the team score at 21.  After that, Sacred Heart's undoubted rookie of the year Alison Brosky continued her winning ways and swept her jumping and flat classes.  Brosky then went on to be high point rider of the day for the second time in four shows. 

Going into the walk-trot-canter classes, the Pioneers had their perfect score card still intact with 35 points.  Freshman Sara Scorpa entered the ring coming off of a first place finish at home, and carrying her momentum she once again won her class.  At this point, Sacred Heart was one victory away from recording a perfect score in every division for the day.  In the walk trot class, Amelia Skyers made her competition debut.  In her first class ever, Amelia was victorious, edging out four other riders for the top spot.  This brought the Pioneers' score to a perfect 49 for the day. 

They were the fourth team in the nation to reach such an achievement this year, and it was the first time in school history that Sacred Heart finished the day perfect across the board.  On the day, the pioneers grabbed a total of nine blue ribbons, a school record.  They extended their lead in the region to 26 over defending region champions UCONN, and are on pace to shatter their old record for season point scoring.  The pioneers are back in action again this Saturday at UCONN looking to extend their high point lead.

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