Pioneers Reserve High Points Team in Western Season Opener

SOUTHBURY, CONN. (October 13, 2013)—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.

Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) was the competition's Reserve High Point Rider earning the honor in dramatic fashion. At the end of competition, Gray and Mt. Holyoke's Emily Murch were tied for points and had to compete in a ride-off to determine who would take first place honors. At the conclusion of the ride-off, High Point honors were awarded to Murch with Gray being named the Reserve High Point Rider.

With the Sacred Heart Western Team featuring five members who just started riding western this season, including Gray, the squad took home three first place finishes.  Margaret Vogel (South Acworth, N.H.) qualified for IHSA Zone 1.5 Regional Championship after taking first in Novice Horsemanship. Competing for the first time on the Western Team, Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) took first in Intermediate Horsemanship. Making her collegiate debut, Riley Boath claimed first in Beginner Horsemanship. 

Gray and Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) took home second place in Open Horsemanship and Intermediate Horsemanship respectively. In her first Western competition, Emma Sands (Hopkinton, Mass.) took third in Intermediate Horsemanship, and junior Sara Ann Scorpa (Lanesboro, Mass.) took fourth in Novice Horsemanship. Also competing Western for the first time, Ashley Alaimo (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) finished sixth in Advanced Horsemanship.