Equestrian: Benson, Allard earn second-place finishes at St. Lawrence

11.16.13

The SUNY Potsdam equestrian team took part in the Elsa Gunnison Appleton Riding Hall of Saturday hosted by St. Lawrence University on the weekend.

The Bears' top finishers were junior Carlene Benson (Averill Park, N.Y. / Averill Park), who placed second in the novice over the fences event on Saturday and freshman Olivia Allard (Cambridge, N.Y. / Cambridge), who also placed second in the beginner walk trot event on Sunday.

Potsdam had a slew of third-place finishes.

Senior Kaitlin Brand (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / F.D. Roosevelt) and junior Christine Schofield (Monroe, N.Y. / Monroe-Woodbury) were each third in the advanced walk trot canter.

Junior Ellen Specht (East Hampton, N.Y. / Hampton), junior Samantha Swinney (Fonda, N.Y. / Fonda-Fultonville) and freshman Amy-Marie Malik (Kingston, N.Y. / John A. Coleman) all were third in the beginner walk trot canter.


Saturday, Nov. 16
Rider Level/Event Place
Ellen Norton Intermediate Over the Fence/Intermediate Flat 4th/5th
Carlene Benson Novice Over the Fence/Novice Flat 2nd/4th
Haley Lankau Novice Flat 6th
Christine Schofield Advanced Walk Trot Canter 4th
Kaitlin Brand Advanced Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Ellen Specht Beginner Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Carmen Kenney Beginner Walk Trot Canter 5th
Rose Wendling Walk Trot 5th
Melissa Smith Walk Trot 4th 

Sunday, Nov. 17
Rider Level/Event Place
Ellen Norton Intermediate Flat 5th
Carlene Benson Novice Over the Fence 4th
Haley Lankau Novice Flat 6th
Christine Schofield Advanced Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Samantha Swinney Beginner Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Olivia Allard Beginner Walk Trot Canter 2nd
Amy-Marie Malik Beginner Walk Trot Canter 3rd
Melissa Smith Walk Trot 4th