The HWS Equestrian team members rode their way to success at their first show that was held recently at Cornell University's Oxley Equestrian Center in Ithaca, N.Y. Teams from many area schools competed, including Cornell, Ithaca, and Skidmore; the show was part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the nationally recognized league for college students.
Michelle Badagnani '09, Maya Bogdanow '11, Emily Melchior '08, Julianne Staino '10, and Charles Levin '11 each brought home ribbons from the show.
Team captains Cassandra Carnright '10 and Rebecca Dennee '10 have been working very hard over the past year to see this through and it is a notable accomplishment, Melchior explains.
“This is a very exciting accomplishment for the team, as well as William Smith Athletics. It has been a long road to get here and the entire equestrian team is very proud of their accomplishments.”
The Equestrian team has more than 20 members and is coached by Sarah Barge '02. Currently, 18 of the approximately two dozen club members compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, established in April 1999 with the purpose of promoting competition for riders of any skill level regardless of financial status. Students compete individually and as team members at both regional and national levels. This year the HWS club will ride in shows competing against Hartwick, Cornell, Skidmore, RPI, and RIT. The Equestrian team rides at Field Stone Center in Canandaigua.
Fully re-established, the club and its co-captains Dennee and Carnright are looking for support from the student government, as well as alumnae and alumni, as they work toward varsity sport status. Team members ride on horses owned by the Field Stone Center and Barge. Competing members of the HWS club are committed to riding twice each week and attending a majority of the shows. Non-competing members generally ride once per week and are encouraged to attend shows.