HADLEY, MASS. (March 2, 2014)—Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) of the Sacred Heart equestrian team qualified for the IHSA Zone 1.5 Regional Championship with a 5-1 record in Intermediate Horsemanship this past Sunday at the IHSA Western competition hosted by UMass. The sophomore took home the blue ribbon in the event, as the Pioneers claimed High Point Team.
Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) was named Reserve High Point Rider after taking first in Open Reigning and fourth in Open Horsemanship.
The Pioneers came home with four second place ribbons. Melissa Yacubich (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) both finished second in Novice Horsemanship. Meanwhile, Hayley Mena (Huntington, N.Y.) and Margaret Vogel (South Acworth, N.H.) took second in Intermediate Horsemanship and Advanced Horsemanship respectively.
Ashley Alaimo (Rockville Center, N.Y.) placed fifth in Advanced Horsemanship.