2013-14 News

May 1, 2014
Allison Buccos Places Sixth at IHSA Nationals
Sacred Heart's Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) came in sixth in Intermediate Horsemanship at the IHSA National Championship at the University of Findlay in Ohio this Sunday.

April 21, 2014
Allison Buccos to Compete for National Title
Coming in fifth in Intermediate Horsemanship at the IHSA Semi-Final Championship April 6, Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) went home knowing she just missed a trip to the National Championship. As the first alternative, she recently received an invitation to compete for a national title on May 1 due to one of the four qualifiers being unable to compete.

April 17, 2014
Pioneers Take Fifth and Sixth at National Semi Finals
Two members of the Sacred Heart equestrian team just missed moving on to the IHSA Western National Championship taking fifth and sixth place at the IHSA Western Semi Final Championship at the University of Findlay on March 29, 2014 as the top four riders from each class advanced.

April 6, 2014
SHU Equestrian Finishes Fourth at Zone 2 Championship
Three Pioneers took home second place finishes, but the Sacred Heart equestrian team finished fourth with 23 points at the Zone 2 Championship at the Fairfield Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. St. Lawrence (34 points) and Skidmore (27 points), the top two teams in the competition, will advance to the National Championship.

April 1, 2014
Sacred Heart Equestrian Lands 11 on NCEA Academic List
Eleven Pioneers were honored by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association for their work in the classroom. Margaret Vogel (S. Acworth, N.H.) topped the list being named to the Academic first team, while Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) was named to the Academic second team. Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) and Emma Sands (Hopkinton, Mass.) landed on Academic Team Honorable Mention.

March 29, 2014
Vogel, Buccos, Bianculli Move onto the National Semi Finals
The Sacred Heart equestrian team is sending three riders to the IHSA Western Semi Final Championship. After earning Champion or Reserve Champion in their respective events, Margaret Vogel (South Acworth, N.H.), Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) and Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) will head to the University of Findlay in Ohio on March 29 to compete for a chance to advance to the National Championship.

March 2, 2014
Sacred Heart High Point Team; Bianculli Qualifies for Regional Championship
Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) of the Sacred Heart equestrian team qualified for the IHSA Zone 1.5 Regional Championship with a 5-1 record in Intermediate Horsemanship this past Sunday at the IHSA Western competition hosted by UMass. The sophomore took home the blue ribbon in the event, as the Pioneers claimed High Point Team.

March 1, 2014
Alfieri Moves on to IHSA Zone 2 Championship
With her win in Open Flat at the Zone 2 Region 5 Championship, senior Jocelyn Alfieri (Darien, Conn.) has qualified for the IHSA Zone 2 Championship on April 6. There she will compete for one of the top two spots to move on to the IHSA National Championship. The entire Sacred Heart equestrian team will also compete in the Zone 2 Championship in the team competition.

February 22, 2014
Equestrian Clinches IHSA Zone 2 Region 5 Championship
After 10 regular season competitions, the Sacred Heart equestrian team has claimed the IHSA Zone 2 Region 5 Championship. This past Saturday, Hayley Mena captured first place in Novice Fences and Novice Flat at the IHSA hosted by Fairfield University at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. Mena’s two first place finishes were part of an impressive six blue ribbons for the Sacred Heart Equestrian team on the day. The Pioneers finished fourth in the competition where the top five teams were separated by just one point each.

February 8, 2014
Boath Perfect at Wesleyan as Pioneers Finish Second
Riley Boath was a perfect 4-0 and captured the blue ribbon in Walk/Trot at the IHSA English competition hosted by Wesleyan at Windcrest Farms in Hebron, Conn. Boath’s was one of three first place ribbons that put the Sacred Heart equestrian team in second place with 34 points.

February 1, 2014
Alfieri Hold Onto the Lead as Pioneers Finish Fourth at Connecticut College
Jocelyn Alfieri (Darien, Conn.) qualified for the Regional Championship in Open Flat as the Sacred Heart equestrian team finished fourth at the IHSA Hunt Seat competition hosted by Connecticut College. Finishing third in both Open Fences and Open Flat as the Pioneers Alfieri holds onto her lead as the high point open rider, and the Pioneers hold on to first place in Region 5.

February 1, 2014
SHU Equestrian Tied for Second at UConn Western Competition
The Sacred Heart equestrian team finished tied for second at the IHSA Western competition hosted by the University of Connecticut Saturday. With the 17 point finish, the Pioneers move into fourth place overall for regional point standings.

December 7, 2013
Pioneers 13th at Tournament of Champions
The Sacred Heart equestrian team finished tied for thirteenth place with 14 points at the 22nd Annual Holiday Tournament of Champions held at Centenary College in Long Valley, N.J. The event featured 25 of the best teams in collegiate riding, including 19 teams that are in first place in their regions and none lower than second place. Mount Holyoke College was named the Champion with 32 points, and Centenary College was the Reserve Champion with 30 points.

November 24, 2013
Buccos Qualifies for Z1.5 Regional Championships at UMass
Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) qualified for Z1.5 Regional Championships in Intermediate Horsemanship after placing second for the third time this season at the IHSA Z1.5 Western at UMass Sunday. Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) continued to show her dominance Intermediate Horsemanship capturing another first place ribbon. She is now 3-0 in Intermediate Horsemanship for the year.

November 23, 2013
Six First Place Ribbons Earn Pioneers High Points Team
The Sacred Heart equestrian team was the High Points Team in the final Z2R5 show of the semester. Taylor DiBella (Holmdel, N.J.), Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) and Cortney Sevigny (Thompson, Conn.) all qualified for the Z2R5 Regional Championship. Overall, the Pioneers took home six first place ribbons.

November 16, 2013
Sands High Point Rider as Pioneers Tie for First
Freshman Emma Sands (Hopkinton, Mass.) of the Sacred Heart equestrian team earned High Point Rider Title in tough competition against Connecticut’s Hayley Snell (Intermediate) and Trinity’s Jenna Dorfman (Open) Saturday afternoon at the UConn IHSA Z2R5 in Storrs, Conn. After multiple tests from the USEF 1-19, the judge requested equitation and workmanship, which edged out Dorfman and claimed the title for Sands. The Pioneers finished in a three-way tie with UConn and Trinity, but continue to hold onto the top spot as the Z2R5 High Point Team.

November 9, 2013
Pioneers Finish Third at Wesleyan IHSA Z2R5
Senior Jocelyn Alfieri (Darien, Conn.) continues to have a narrow lead over Fairfield U’s Irene Peluso in the hunt for the High Point Open Rider title and a chance to represent Region 5 at IHSA National Championship after taking second in the Open Flat and four in Open Fences Saturday at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Conn. The Sacred Heart equestrian team came in third at the Wesleyan University IHSA Z2R5 with three riders claiming first place finishes.

November 9, 2013
Sacred Heart Fourth in Western Competition at Mt. Holyoke
Despite finishing fourth at the Mt. Holyoke College IHSA Z1.5 in Hadley, Mass. this Saturday, the Sacred Heart equestrian team remains in second position in overall team points with 55. Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) continued her win streak taking first in the Intermediate Horsemanship. Emma Sands (Hopkinton, Mass.) also took first in the event.

October 26, 2013
Pioneers Reserve High Point Team; Jocelyn Alfieri Leads the Region
The Sacred Heart equestrian team was the Reserve High Point Team finishing just two points behind host-school Fairfield University, 36-34, at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club this weekend.

October 19, 2013
Pioneers High Point Team Saturday; Improve to 3-0
The Sacred Heart equestrian team moved to 3-0 in Hunt Seat competitions after finishing High Point Team this weekend at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Conn. Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) took first in the Novice Flat qualifying for the IHSA Regional Championship in the event.

October 13, 2013
Pioneers Reserve High Points Team in Western Season Opener
The Sacred Heart equestrian team was Reserve High Point Team in their season opener for IHSA Zone 1.5 Western Sunday at the Rolling M Ranch in Southbury, Conn.

October 12, 2013
SHU High Point Team in Second Straight Competition
In their second straight Hunt Seat competition of the year, the Sacred Heart Equestrian team was the High Point Team with 46 points, beating out second place Connecticut by and eight-point margin. Senior Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) qualified for the IHSA Regional Championship taking first place in Intermediate Flat and Fences, and was the competition’s High Point Rider.

October 5, 2013
Sacred Heart High Point Team in Season Opener
The Sacred Heart equestrian team was the high point team with 45 points at the season opener for Hunt Seat IHSA Z2R5 last weekend at the Rolling M Ranch in Southbury, Conn. Freshman Melissa Yacubich (Shoreham, N.Y.) was the high point rider of the competition after coming in first in Novice Fences and Novice Flat in her collegiate debut.