April 14, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- After a successful season where the team finished seventh overall out of twelve very competitive teams, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's equestrian team had five riders who went on to qualify for regional finals individually.
The UMass Dartmouth riders were invited to compete in the regional finals, which were held March 29th at Spring Tide Farm in Boxford, MA. Riders are invited to compete in the finals after they "point out" of their respective divisions-meaning they accumulate enough points to move up a division. Everyone who points out of their division qualifies for regionals.
Senior Amy Mason (Halifax, MA) pointed out of the intermediate fences division, and finished fifth in the region. Her fifth place ride took place aboard a horse named Conrad. For her ribbon, Mason had to negotiate an extremely difficult course of nine jumps.
Junior Kerin Devine (Hanover, MA) qualified for regionals in the novice fences division where she finished sixth overall. Despite riding a horse was a little finicky; she rode with grace and class.
In the walk trot canter division, UMass Dartmouth had two riders qualify. Senior Shayla Fiedler (Longmeadow, MA) and sophomore Katharine Donohue (Beverly, MA) both rode well. The walk trot canter division was to be the most competitive division at regionals, with more than 21 riders competing. Despite their polished equitation and the wonderful feel of their horses, neither Fiedler nor Donohue was called back for further testing. The top six are called back for a regional ranking.
Senior Adelaide Hopkins (Westport, MA) finished second overall in the walk trot division. Her finish at regionals qualified her for the zone finals at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
"I'm on cloud nine," said Hopkins of her opportunity to ride at zone finals.
"I could not be more thrilled with the team finish as a whole," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Meredith Arden. "Seventh place is amazing, especially considering that we lost points in the open division due to a mid-season student transfer. To have five riders qualify for regionals and one to go on to zones is incredibly satisfying."
UMASS DARTMOUTH EQUESTRIAN