Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winning Start for Stanford Hunt Seat

The hunt seat contingent of the Stanford Equestrian Team started its regular season on November 3 with an away show hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, CA. The young team -- composed mainly of first-year riders -- belied their inexperience with a strong streak of blue and red ribbons to win the team championship for the day.

Highlights of the day included sophomore (and hunt seat captain) Claire Margolis taking second in both Open Fences and Open Flat to win Reserve High Point Rider honors for the day. Freshman Bailey Martinez, in her first showing for the Cardinal, took second in Intermediate Fences, while senior (and two-time IHSA National Finals competitor) Alison Smith was close behind in third. (Smith would also gain a fifth place later in the day in Intermediate Flat.)

Freshman Bailey Martinez in Intermediate Fences

The show heated up for Stanford in Novice Fences and Flat, where sophomore (and outreach officer) Erin Gray won her section of Novice Flat after taking fourth in Novice Fences. Freshmen Bella Peyser and Haley Harrington also put in great rides, each taking second place in their respective sections of Novice Flat.

Sophomore Erin Gray and freshman Haley Harrington go 1-2 in Novice Flat

Sophomore Tori Greenen, one of the team's horse managers, then took the blue in Advanced Walk Trot Canter, while freshman Hannah Grace placed third in Beginning Walk Trot Canter in her first show. Senior Eliza Richartz, fresh to the Stanford Equestrian Team after transferring from Stanford Sailing, and sophomore Natasha Aguirre, also in her first year of competing for the Cardinal, rounded out the day with strong showings in Walk Trot. Aguirre took second while Richartz took fourth.

Stanford's hunt seat team now anticipates the season's first set of home shows, a double-header weekend at the Red Barn on November 10 and 11.