Equestrian: Three riders move up a level after opening competition at SUNY Geneseo

11.07.13

The SUNY Potsdam equestrian team saw substantial success over the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at the SUNY Geneseo competition in Rochester, N.Y.

Junior Ellen Norton, senior Kaitlin Brand and junior Christine Schofield each advanced a level on day two of the competition.

Norton (Fishkill, N.Y. / John Jay East) finished third in the Novice Flat event to point out and qualify for the postseason.  She also recorded a sixth place finish in the Intermediate over the fence event on Saturday and improved on Sunday in the event by moving up a spot to fifth.

Schofield (Monroe, N.Y. / Monroe-Woodbury) finished first and Brand (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / F.D. Roosevelt) showed in third place in the beginner walk trot canter event and each will now move up to the advanced level. 

Junior Carlene Benson (Averill Park, N.Y. / Averill Park) improved in her second day performance in the Novice Flat event by jumping from sixth to fifth place.

Junior Samantha Swinney (Fonda, N.Y. / Fonda-Fultonville) made a major move up the rankings from day one to day two by leaping from fifth to second place.

Top finishes for junior Rose Wendling (Burnt Hills, N.Y. / Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) was third and, for junior Ellen Specht (East Hampton, N.Y. / East Hampton) and senior Melissa Smith (Commack, N.Y. / Commack), it was fourth place.

Freshman Haley Lankau (Campbell Hall, N.Y. / Goshen) came in sixth in the Novice Flat event on each day.

Here are each day's results:

Saturday, Oct. 26
Rider Level/Event Place
Ellen Norton: Intermediate Over the Fence 6th
Carlene Benson: Novice Over the Fence/Novice Flat 5th/6th
Haley Lankau: Novice Flat 6th
Kaitlin Brand: Beginner Walk Trot Canter 4th
Samantha Swinney: Beginner Walk Trot Canter 5th
Christine Schofield: Beginner Walk Trot Canter 2nd
Ellen Specht: Beginner Walk Trot Canter 4th
Rose Wendling: Walk Trot 4th
Melissa Smith:  Walk Trot 4th 

Sunday, Oct. 27

Rider Level/Event Place
Ellen Norton: Intermediate Over the Fence/Novice Flat 5th/3rd
Carlene Benson:  Novice Over the Fence/Novice Flat 6th/4th
Haley Lankau:  Novice Flat 6th
Kaitlin Brand:  Beginner Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Samantha Swinney:  Beginner Walt Trot Canter 2nd
Christine Schofield:  Beginner Walk Trot Canter 1st
Ellen Specht:  Beginner Walk Trot Canter 5th
Rose Wendling:  Walk Trot 3rd
Melissa Smith:  Walk Trot 4th