New Paltz Equestrian Team ‘Shows’ Up in Style

Photo Courtesy of Brooke Vissicchio

The New Paltz Equestrian Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team has shown the last two weekends. On Sunday, Oct. 3 they traveled to West Point for the Army IHSA show, and on Saturday, Oct. 16 they hosted their very own New Paltz IHSA show at the Meadow Creek Farm in Pleasant Valley, New York.

At West Point, fourth-year Paige Parker placed fifth in novice flats, tacking on two points for New Paltz. Then, first-year Winn Schmitt was due up in limit fences and he placed fifth. 

Next up was intermediate flats where fourth-year Nora Greenfieldt placed fourth, earning three points. Greenfieldt immediately followed that up with intermediate fences where she got a stellar first place, bringing in all seven points for the Hawks, and collectively bringing her individual points earned to 10.

Second-year Devyn Looney placed fourth in open flats, earning three points for the team.

To finish out the day, third-year Brynley Smith competed in class eight open fences and placed six, tacking on the last point for New Paltz.

New Paltz ended the day with 22 points total, finishing fourth out of the seven teams competing. They fell behind Marist College who finished with 29, United States Military Academy at 32, and Centenary College at 42. However, they out performed Saint Lawrence and Drew University who each finished with 15 points, and Vassar College at 14 points.

At the New Paltz show, some familiar faces showed up: Marist, Centenary, United States Military Academy and Sarah Lawrence College all came ready to compete. 

Four Hawks showed twice. Third-year Seraphina Morreale, in open fences and open flat where she placed fifth and third, respectively. Fourth-year Sara Marriott, in limit flat and fences, placed sixth both times. Schmitt place fourth in limit fences and fifth in limit flat, and Greenfieldt finished fourth in over fences and third in intermediate flat.

The best performances of the day were from Looney and fourth-year Brie Costello. Looney finished second in open flats while Costello qualified for regionals after finishing third in novice flat.

At the end of the day, New Paltz totaled 24 points, finishing fourth out of the five teams. Although this time Marist got the best of them, they showed consistency in beating Sarah Lawrence once more, who finished with 14 points.

The IHSA team will show again on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and again on Saturday, Nov. 20 in the same location. After that, the equestrian teams will not show until next year.

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