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Wheaton Equestrian team hosts show in Rhode Island

Posted on October 25, 2012

The chill of sub-freezing temperatures and early morning wake-up calls could not prevent the Wheaton Equestrian team from hosting their annual show in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. With preparations beginning at 4:30am at Phoenix Rising, Wheaton’s home barn, the Wheaton equestrian worked together to set up the course, prepare the horses for competition and organized the farm to welcome teams from all over the New England area. With schools such as Boston College, Wellesley and Brandeis coming to the show, Wheaton knew they were going to be facing off with some of the best riders in the country.

As the show began, hundreds of spectators flooded the horse farm in preparation for the tremendous event.  The equestrian team, with the help of Head Coach Merideth Milliner, former coach Amanda Hare and Wheaton Faculty Rep. Shari Morris, were able to greet the teams upon their arrivals and assisted with them with the show schedule and horse pairings. Once the teams were organized and the show was ready to begin, the Wheaton Equestrian refocused their attention and efforts to ensuring they place well in each event.

Under the tutelage of Anna Machonis, Wheaton’s Assistant Equestrian Coach, the team rode at an extremely high level with several successful showings from the team. Allegra Kurtz-Rossi ’15 placed first in her class during the show and was able to elevate to a new riding division. Gwenn Swift ’15 was also able to move up a division with her strong performances during her rides. Many of the other Wheaton riders also performed well throughout the show.

With months of hard work and preparation leading up to their annual home show, the Wheaton College Equestrian team has continued to grow as individual riders and as a team in 2012. With several shows remaining this year, the team looks to be as competitive as ever and may boast some of the area’s best riders by the end of their season.

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