Sports

Riding past the competition: Equestrian’s high expectations

Michael Layer

Staff Writter

On October 4 in front of adoring fans at the Mt. St. Mary’s Intercollegiate Horse Show, the Goucher College equestrian team confidently out-showed its competition. After speaking with a few Goucher’s riders, Sarah Lummis ‘17, Allison Radgowski ‘17, and Joey Fink ‘15, it was easy to determine how humble these riders are regarding their accomplishments.

In their first show of the IHSA season, Goucher was first place in every event, except two; in those two, Goucher riders placed second. To highlight their accomplishment, the Goucher team got 47 points out of a possible 49, resulting in a success rate of 95.9%. In the show, the team accrued 25 points higher than their closest competitor. The High Point Rider, the award given to the rider with the most points in the show, was given to Goucher’s Fink. Winner of the Intermediate Fences Division, Radgowski, said, “It was rewarding to know that hard work we and the coaches put in paid off.”

The Goucher Equestrian team had high expectations heading into their spring time showcase season. According to winner of the Advanced Walk/Trot Canter, Lummis, “we’re hoping to continue to lead and go undefeated like last year.” So far, the team is holding true to its projected expectations. The team placed first in the Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic, Mt. St. Mary’s ISHA Show, and Goucher’s ISHA Show.

The team’s success can be attributed to their coaching staff. Lummis was quick to note the influence of her coaches, Jen Bunty and Brittany Martin. Bunty, in her second season as head equestrian coach and director, is off to another good start. In her first season as head coach of the Gophers, the team placed first in every region show and she brought the team to the team’s second best showing at the national level, placing sixth. 

The Goucher Equestrian team’s next contest is away at the Maryland/Johns Hopkins’ ISHA Show in Oatland, Maryland. Last year, they won the event at The University of Maryland’s Other Left Farm. Radgowski said, “We’re excited to go to our first away show of the season and we’re hoping to add to our 31 point lead in our region.”

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