The Sacred Heart Equestrian team made history earlier this season when they posted the program's first-ever perfect score at the Wesleyan University IHSA competition on November 12, 2011. The team made history again this past weekend when for the first time in the program's 20 year history, the Pioneers won a Regional Title.
Competing at the final competition of the season at Uconn, the Pioneers maintained their overall point lead to earn the IHSA Zone 2 Region 5 Championship title. Showing the determination and spirit of a competitive athlete, the athletes remained on campus during spring break week to train and prepare for the last competition of the season. By week's end, their efforts were rewarded as the Pioneers celebrated the program's first title.
This marks the first time the Pioneers have placed a hunt seat team into post season competition. The Pioneers became one of 36 teams across eight zones to earn a Regional title, with 395 teams competing for one of the 36 titles. Although the Pioneers were Reserve Champion to UConn at the final competition, their 17 point lead heading into the competition proved to be the cushion they needed to maintain the lead.
Senior Abbie Britton, 2010 Comeback Athlete of the Year, took this final opportunity to qualify for Open Fences by winning her section of Open Fences. Britton finished the season as SHU's high point open rider with a total of 64 points, placing her tied for seventh with Fairfield's Irene Peluso in the overall standings. In the final event of the day, freshman Alison Brosky rode head to head against Uconn's Brittney Parker to earn the High Point Rider title. This marks the third time Brosky was in the ride off for High Point Rider, keeping her perfect score at 3-0. Co-Captains Brian Buchanan, Adrianna Dattoli, & Britton held the championship banner during the initial celebration following the event. Filling the stands with red & white, and joining in the celebration were many of the athlete's parents whose support and encouragement throughout the season has been greatly appreciated.
3-10-12 Competition team standings:
Post Univ 18
Conn College 12
Across the 10 regular season competitions, the Pioneers were Champions at two events, Reserve Champions at six events, and tied for fourth place twice.
Season team final standings:
Conn College 268
Post Univ 190