Equestrian News

March 26, 2017
Equestrian sixth overall at western semi-finals
Laurinburg, NC. - Sacred Heart women's equestrian competed in the Western Semi-Final Championship at St. Andrews University over the weekend.

March 12, 2017
Pioneers in action at Zone 1 Western Regional Championship
Orange, MA.- SHU Equestrian competed at the Zone 1 Western Regional Championship on Sunday at the Crimson Acres Equestrian Center. Hayley Mena and Michelle Johnson both had wins to advance to the Championship Semi-Finals.

March 4, 2017
Hunt Seat squad secures the title of Zone 1 Region 5 High Point Team
New London, CT. - By finishing the regular season as High Point Team at Connecticut College, the Pioneers' Hunt Seat squad secured the title of Zone 1 Region 5 High Point Team. Junior Melissa Dander finished as High Point Rider and has earned an automatic bye to the IHSA Nationals in pursuit of the prestigious Cacchione Cup. This season marks the first in SHU Equestrian history that the Program has finished with the High Point Rider in both Hunt Seat and Western. The Hunt Seat squad will be back in action April 1st for Regionals.

February 25, 2017
Hunt Seat Finishes As High Point Team ahead of UConn
Hunt Seat finishes as High Point Team with 38 points ahead of host UCONN with 34 points. Olivia Marlow qualifyied for Hunt Seat Regionals in Open Flat competition.

February 19, 2017
SHU Western finishes as High Point Team at UConn
SHU Western finishes as High Point Team with Abigail Williams is High Point Rider.

February 12, 2017
SHU Hunt Seat finishes as Reserve High Point Team
SHU Hunt Seat finishes as Reserve High Point Team with 35 points behind UCONN with 37 points.

February 11, 2017
Equestrian finishes as High Point Team & High Point Rider in Western
SHU Equestrian finishes as Reserve High Point Team and Abigail Williams is Reserve High Point Rider in Western against UConn

February 5, 2017
SHU finishes as High Point Team at trinity College
SHU equestrian finishes as High Point Team at Trinity College with Melissa Dander finishing as High Point Rider on Sunday.

December 4, 2016
Equestrian finishes as High Point Team in both Hunt Seat and Western Competitions
SHU equestrian finishes as High Point Team in both Hunt Seat and Western on Sunday. Hunt Seat finishes as High Point Team with 41 points, with Trinity College is Reserve with 36 points. Jessica Chaloux earned High Point Rider for today's Hunt Seat competition and Western finished as High Point Team with 36 points ahead of Mount Holyoke College with 31 points. Abigail Williams was the High Point Rider for today's Western competition and Alexis Valles earned 1st place in Beginner Horsemanship.

December 3, 2016
SHU finishes as High Point Team with 31 points
SHU equestrian competed in two Western competitions on Saturday. SHU finished as Reserve High Point Team in the first competition with 32 points, behind host Mount Holyoke College with 35 points. In the second competition Western finishes as High Point Team with 31 points, UCONN is Reserve with 28 points.

November 19, 2016
SHU equestrian finishes as High Point Team with 37 points
SHU equestrian finishes as High Point Team with 37 points ahead of host UCONN with 30 points with Olivia Marlow finishing as Hunt Seat team MVP on Saturday.

November 17, 2016
SHU Equestrian's Team Mannequin Challenge Will Blow Your Mind
The SHU equestrian team’s #MannequinChallenge video has been viewed over 1.2 million times since it was first released on November 13, reaching true “viral video” status. The Mannequin Challenge, for anyone unfamiliar with the latest social media craze, challenges participants to freeze in the middle of an action as though they were mannequins, and then videotape the scene, often with Rae Stremmurd’s “Black Beatles” as soundtrack.

November 14, 2016
SHU finishes as Reserve High Point Team with Dander as High Point Rider
Hartford, CT - SHU finished as Reserve High Point Team with 33 points behind UCONN with 38 points on Sunday. Melissa Dander and Olivia Marlow had strong rides to qualify for Hunt Seat Regionals in Open Flat and Intermediate Fences and Dander was the High Point Rider for the second time this weekend.

November 12, 2016
Melissa Dander earns High Point Rider as SHU finishes as Reserve High Point Team
New Britain, CT - Junior Melissa Dander earns High Point Rider as SHU equestrian finishes as Reserve High Point Team with 42 points behind Connecticut College with 44 points.

October 29, 2016
SHU wins Hunt Seat and Western Competitions
Sacred Heart University is High Point Team in Hunt Seat and Western competitions with UConn finishing in reserve in both competitions, with Abigail Williams finishing as High Point Rider for the Western Competition.

October 24, 2016
SHU high point team at IHSA Hunt Seat competition at Connecticut College
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team won it's first competition of the 2016/17 schedule finishing as the High Point Team with 40 points, ahead of second place and Reserve High Point Team, University of Connecticut with 35 points. Junior Devon Conley earned High Point Rider for the Pioneers.

September 1, 2016
Equestrian Announces 2016-17 Competition Schedule

July 19, 2016
SHU Welcomes Caitlin Ader as New Equestrian Assistant Coach

June 2, 2016
SHU Captures NEC Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup For Sixth Time
HU also captured its ninth Joan Martin Commissioner’s Cup for excellence in women’s sports

May 13, 2016
Pioneers Celebrate Class Of 2016
Sean Ferguson of the cross country/track & field team and Katie DeRienzo of the women’s tennis team received the top honors of the Pioneer Award and are the Pioneers’ nominees for the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award.

May 7, 2016
Bianculli Represents SHU at IHSA Western National Championship

April 25, 2016
Nine Riders Earn IHSA All-Academic Awards

April 9, 2016
Pioneers Compete at Zone Championship

April 2, 2016
Five Pioneers Advance to Zone Championship

March 19, 2016
SHU Western Finishes Eighth at National Semifinals

March 22, 2016
Pioneers Fall to Delaware State

March 5, 2016
Hunt Seat Wins Final Competition of the Regular Season

March 5, 2016
Three Pioneers Qualify for National Semifinal at Western Regional Championship

February 28, 2016
SHU Western Clinches Second Straight Title, Bianculli Earns Trip to Nationals

February 27, 2016
Three Qualify for Regionals as SHU Hunt Seat Takes Second

February 20, 2016
SHU Hunt Seat Uses Season High Performance for Win at Wesleyan

December 20, 2015
SHU Top 15 of '15: #5 - Equestrian Wins Hunt Seat, Western Regional Championships
Until Jan. 1, SacredHeartPioneers.com is counting down the top 15 moments from 2015 for SHU Athletics. The number 5 moment belongs to the SHU equestrian team who for the first time in program history clinched both the Hunt Seat and Western Regional Championships.

December 5, 2015
SHU Ties for Second Place at Mount Holyoke Western Competition
Three blue ribbons led the Sacred Heart equestrian team to a second place tie with Connecticut at the IHSA Western competition at Mount Holyoke College this past Saturday.

November 21, 2015
SHU Equestrian Sweeps Hunt Seat-Western Doubleheader at UConn
The Sacred Heart equestrian team won both the Hunt Seat and Western competitions this past Saturday at the University of Connecticut, using five blue ribbons to win Hunt Seat by four points and two to clinch the team victory in the Western by three points. The win improves the Western squad to 4-0 on the season and are now leading the region by 19 points, while the Hunt Seat team is tied with Trinity in the region 17 points behinf first-place UConn.

November 14, 2015
SHU Wins Hunt Seat Competition at CCSU
The Sacred Heart equestrian team beat out second place UConn by just two points to win Saturday's hunt seat competition hosted by Central Connecticut State University at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. Four blue and four red ribbons lifted the Pioneers to victory.

November 7, 2015
Dander Qualifies for Regionals; Pioneers Take Third at Wesleyan Hunt Seat Competition
With a win Saturday in Intermediate Flat, Melissa Dander qualified for the Regional Championship in the event, as the Sacred Heart equestrian team finished third at Wesleyan's IHSA Hunt Seat competition at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Conn. Six blue ribbons helped the Pioneers to 37 points, just two points below the University of Connecticut who won the event.

October 31, 2015
SHU High Point Team at IHSA Western Competition at UMass
The Sacred Heart equestrian team competed in a Western doubleheader hosted by UMass Saturday at Carver Performance Horses. The Pioneers combined two blue and five red ribbons to be Hi Point Team in the day's first competition.

October 31, 2015
Chaloux, Marlow Qualify for Regionals; SHU Ties for Hunt Seat Win
Olivia Marlow clinched a spot in the IHSA Hunt Seat Regional Championship with a win Saturday in Novice Flat, while teammate Jessica Chaloux's earned her spot with a third place finish in Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter. The Sacred Heart equestrian team combined for 34 points in the competition hosted by Connecticut College to finish tied with Trinity for first place.

October 17, 2015
Pioneers Compete in IHSA Hunt Seat Competition at Yale
The Sacred Heart equestrian team finished tied for sixth at the IHSA Hunt Seat competition hosted by Yale University on Saturday. Emery Smith took home the Pioneers highest finish, claiming second place the Novice Fences.

October 10, 2015
Pioneers Clinch First Hunt Seat Win Saturday
The Sacred Heart equestrian team's hunt seat squad won Saturday's SHU-hosted event, edging out second-place UConn by just two points. Melissa Dander continued her domination in Intermediate Flat winning the event for a fourth straight time.

October 10, 2015
Williams Qualifies for Regionals in SHU Western Win
Four first place finishes led the Sacred Heart equestrian team's western squad to its first win of the 2015-16 season at the SHU-hosted event at the Rolling M Ranch. Abigail Williams became the first rider of the season to qualify for the Regional Championships with her third career win in Intermediate Horsemanship.

October 3, 2015
Dander, Marlow Secure Wins as SHU Equestrian Takes Fifth at Post
Sophomores Melissa Dander and Olivia Marlow picked up wins in Intermediate Flat and Intermediate Fences respectively in Saturday's season-opening Hunt Seat showing hosted by Post University at the Fox Ridge Farm.

May 3, 2015
Yacubich Has Program's Best Western Finish, Katie Gray Places 9th at IHSA Nationals
Katie Gray and Melissa Yacubich of the SHU equestrian team both finished in the top 10 at the IHSA National Championship in their respective events. On Sunday, Yacubich made program history with the placing third in Individual Novice Horsemanship, the highest any Pioneer has finished in any western event at the IHSA National Championship. Gray finished ninth out of 38 riders in her hunt for the coveted Cacchione Cup on Saturday.

March 28, 2015
Sevigny, Gray, Brosky Advance to IHSA Hunt Seat Zone Championship
Three Pioneers advance to the IHSA Hunt Seat Zone Championship after finishing in top two in their respective events. Cortney Sevigny will compete for a title in both Intermediate Fences and Intermediate Flat after taking second place in both on Saturday in the IHSA Hunt Season Regional Championship. Katie Gray punched her ticket to the championship finishing second in Open Fences, while Alison Brosky earned a spot in the championship winning Intermediate Flat.

March 21, 2015
Yacubich Advances to IHSA Nationals; Pioneers Finish Fifth at IHSA Semi Finals
Melissa Yacubich of the SHU equestrian team advances to compete at the IHSA National Championship after finishing fourth in individual Novice Horsemanship. As a team, the Pioneers’ Western squad finished fifth at Semi Finals with 14 points, missing a spot in the top three and chance to compete at Nationals by four points.

March 13, 2015
Dander Named Most Outstanding Performer in Three Events as SHU Falls to UTM, SDSU
Melissa Dander was named Most Outstanding Performer in three of her four events this weekend in the Sacred Heart equestrian team’s dual meets against the University of Tennessee Martin and San Diego State. The rookie was the high point for SHU, who fell to both UTM and SDSU 13-3 and 9-6 respectively.

March 1, 2015
Four Pioneers Qualify for IHSA Zone Semifinal Championship.
Four members of the Sacred Heart equestrian team qualified as individuals for the IHSA Western Zone Championship Sunday at the IHSA Regional Championship at Rolling M. Ranch.

February 28, 2015
Pioneers Claim IHSA Hunt Season Regional Championship
Katie Gray led the Sacred Heart equestrian to the IHSA Hunt Seat Regional Championship Saturday afternoon. The junior earned High Point Rider Zone 1 Region 5 and will represent Z1R5 at IHSA National Championship in May in the coveted Cacchione Cup. She did so with a win in Open Fences and a second place finish in Open Flat.

February 22, 2015
SHU Equestrian Clinches Program's First Western Regional Championship
The Sacred Heart equestrian team captured the program’s first ever Western Regional Championship Sunday with a narrow victory over Mount Holyoke.

February 21, 2015
Brosky High Point Rider as Hunt Seat takes Second
Alison Brosky earned High Point Rider with wins in Open Flat and Open Fences as the Sacred Heart equestrian Hunt Seat team finished second at Saturday’s IHSA Hunt Seat competition behind host-school Connecticut. The senior’s wins improve her to 2-0 in Open Flat and 5-1 overall this year. Cortney Sevigny picked up her second win of the season in Intermediate Flat qualifying for the Regional Championship in the event, and took second in Open Fences.

February 21, 2015
Scorpa, Bianculli Qualify for Regionals as SHU Finishes First and Second in UMass Western Doubleheader
The Sacred Heart western squad came in second in the first competition of the UMass doubleheader on Saturday before rallying back in the later to trump Mount Holyoke by eight points for the win. Sara Scorpa and Noelle Bianculli qualified for the Regional Championship in the early part of the day. Scorpa win the Novice Horsemanship, while Bianculli took second and third in Open Horsemanship and Open Reigning respectively. Later in the day, the junior earned High Point Rider flip-flopping her placement in the day’s first competition.

February 14, 2015
Melissa Dander High Point Rider, SHU High point Team at Wesleyan
Chloe Howes continues to dominate the Region in Novice Fences and Novice Flat on Saturday as the Sacred Heart equestrian team’s Hunt Seat division earned High Point Team at Wesleyan with 41 points, nearly 10 points higher than second place Central Connecticut State University.

February 7, 2015
Three Pioneers Qualify for IHSA Regional Championship
Three members of the Sacred Heart equestrian team will represent SHU at the IHSA Regional Championship after qualifying Saturday at the IHSA Hunt Seat competition at Connecticut College.

February 3, 2015
SHU's Haley Mena Competes in Sun Circuit Shoot-Out
Sophomore Hayley Mena represented the Sacred Heart equestrian team in the 2nd Annual Sun Circuit Shoot-Out in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Feb 1.

December 12, 2014
SHU Student-Athletes Team Up for a Win at WCOB Business Concept Presentation
Devon Conley, Grace Freeman, Olivia Marlow, Chloe Howes of the Sacred Heart equestrian team and Nichole Tolli from the SHU Field Hockey were the master minds behind Sweet Tooth Bakery, the winner of the John F. Welch College of Business's New Business Plan Poster Session and Final Presentations.

December 6, 2014
Hunt Seat Takes Home Program's Highest Finish at Tournament of Champions
The Sacred Heart equestrian team took home the program’s highest finish at the 23rd Annual Tournament of Champions hosted by Ohio State. Against 16 of the top teams in the country, the Pioneers finished second, just one point behind the Savannah College of Art & Design. Held at Stonegate Farm in Coolville, Ohio, the Tournament of Champions was judged by the former IHSA Cacchione Cup National Champions Heidi Casciaro.

December 6, 2014
Pioneers Finish Fourth in Mount Holyoke Western Competition
The Sacred Heart equestrian team’s western squad finished fourth Saturday as Mount Holyoke College. Abigail Williams (Dover Plains, N.Y.) claimed the Pioneers’ highest finish of the day, taking second in Intermediate II Horsemanship. Teammate Hayley Mena (Huntington, N.Y.) was right behind her finishing third in the event.

November 22, 2014
Hunt Team Ties for a First in the Fall Season Finale
The Sacred Heart equestrian team wins its final hunt seat competition of the fall season, and continues to lead Zone 1 Region 5 as high point team with a 38 point marginover second place Connecticut. The 4-1-1 shared this week’s win with Fairfield as both teams scored 36 points.

November 16, 2014
Western Team Holds onto Region Lead with Third Place Tie
With a third place tie at the University of Connecticut this Sunday, the Sacred Heart equestrian team’s western squad continues to lead the region by a narrow margin of three points over second place Mt. Holyoke College. Ashley Aliamo (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) won the Pioneers’ only first place finish of the day in Advanced Horsemanship.

November 15, 2014
Pioneers Win Second Straight Hunt Seat Competition
The Sacred Heart equestrian team took home their second straight hunt seat victory on Saturday in the Fairfield University-hosted competition at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. The Pioneers continue to lead the region, extending their lead to 37 points over second place Connecticut. Katie Gray (Colchester, N.H.) qualified for the IHSA Regional Championship in her second event this weekend after finishing first in Open Fences.

November 8, 2014
Melissa Yacubich Qualifies for IHSA Regionals as Pioneers Take Second in Western Competition
The SHU Western team came in second at Mount Holyoke College as sophomore Melissa Yacubich (Shoreham, N.Y.) qualified for the IHSA Western Regional Championship in Novice Horsemanship. The Pioneers remain in first place after two of eight regular season competitions.

November 8, 2014
Katie Gray Hunt Seat High Point Rider as Pioneers Take First at Wesleyan
The Sacred Heart equestrian Hunt Seat team finished first at Weslyan Saturday afternoon. Junior Katie Gray (Colchester, N.H.) was named High Point Rider and continues to lead the Region in Cacchione Cup standings as she is 4-0 in Open Flat this season. Freshman Chloe Howes (Concord, Mass.), who is having a breakout rookie campaign, remains undefeated, 3-0, in Novice Fences.

October 18, 2014
Natalie Cafasso Qualifies for IHSA Regional Championship; SHU Takes Second Place
Senior Natalie Cafasso (Derby, Conn.) became the first rider to qualify for the 2014-15 IHSA Regional Championship in Novice Fences after taking fourth in the event Saturday at Connecticut College's IHSA Hunt Seat Competition held at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club. Overall, the Sacred Heart equestrian team came in second with 36 points, finishing behind the University of Connecticut.

October 11, 2014
SHU Western Earns High Point Team, Noelle Bianculli High Point Rider
The Sacred Heart equestrian team won its second competition of the day as the Western Team was high point team in Saturday afternoon's SHU IHSA Western Zone 1 Competition. Junior Noelle Bianculli (Ramsey, N.J.) led the Pioneers to victory as the competitions high point rider.

October 11, 2014
SHU Hunt Seat Wins High Point Team for Consecutive Week
The Sacred Heart equestrian team hunt seat was the high point team for the second week in a row Saturday morning's Zone 1 Region 5 SHU/Yale IHSA Hunt Seat Competition with 47 points, finishing nine points ahead of second place Central Connecticut State University.

October 4, 2014
SHU Equestrian High Point Team in Season Opener
The Sacred Heart equestrian team was high point team with a total of 39 points at the season-opener for Hunt Seat IHSA Zone 1 Region 5 last weekend at Fox Ridge Farm located in Newtown, Conn.

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 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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

May 2, 2013
Brosky Finished Sixth at IHSA National Championship
Sophomore Alison Brosky (Manhasset, NY) represented the Sacred Heart Equestrian team at the 2013 IHSA National Championship, becoming the first Pioneer in program history to compete at the event. The event was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrsiburg, PA.

April 11, 2013
SHU's Alison Brosky Earns Spot at IHSA National Championship
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team competed at the IHSA 2013 Zone II Championship hosted by North Shore Equestrian Center in Greenvale, NY on April 7th. By placing first or second in their respective class at the IHSA Zone 2 Region 5 Championship on March 30th, sophomore Alison Brosky and senior Meagan Korolyshun advanced to compete at the IHSA Zone 2 Championship.

March 3, 2013
SHU Rides at Mount Holyoke IHSA Western Show
The Sacred Heart equestrian team competed at the IHSA Western show at Mount Holyoke College on February 16th.

February 26, 2013
SHU Competes at IHSA Western Show at UMass
The Sacred Heart equestrian team competed at an IHSA Western Competition at the University of Massachusetts.

February 24, 2013
Pioneers Compete in Final IHSA Hunt Seat Show
The Sacred Heart equestrian team competed in their final IHSA Hunt Seat show of the regular season at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club, hosted by Connecticut College and USCGA.

February 24, 2013
SHU Reserve High Point Team at IHSA Hunt Seat Event
The Sacred Heart Pioneers finished as the reserve high point team at the IHSA Hunt Seat competition held at Windcrest Farm hosted by Wesleyan Univesrity.

December 7, 2012
SHU Equestrian Western Riders Wrap-Up Fall Semester at Mount Holyoke
The Sacred Heart equestrian team competed in their final IHSA Western Competition of the fall semester at Mount Holyoke College on December 1st. The Pioneers competed in a pair of shows and had junior Danielle Belson (Westhampton Beach, NY) qualify for IHSA Western Regional Championships in Intermediate Horsemanship at the event.

November 17, 2012
SHU Equestrian competes at UCONN IHSA Hunt Seat Competition
Storrs, CT - The Sacred Heart Equestrian team traveled up to Storrs, CT to compete in the University of Connecticut IHSA Hunt Seat Competition. The Pioneers finished seventh out of ten teams, notching 20 points. UCONN accumulated 43 points, taking home first place for the second straight weekend.

November 10, 2012
SHU Equestrian Competes at the Wesleyan University IHSA Hunt Seat Competition
Hebron, CT - On November 10th the Sacred Heart Equestrian team competed in the Wesleyan University IHSA Hunt Seat Competition. The Pioneers accumulated 24 points, finishing in fourth place out of ten teams. UCONN took home first place with 34 points.

November 5, 2012
Carven Qualifies for Western Regionals at UMass
The Sacred Heart equestrian team participated in an IHSA Western Competition at the University of Massachusetts at The Hadley Farm Equine Center in Hadley and a pair of Pioneers qualified for regionals on the day.

November 4, 2012
SHU Equestrian Competes in First NCEA Meet
Southbury, CT - The Sacred Heart equestrian team hosted the University of Tennesse – Martin Skyhawks over the weekend in to kick-off NCEA action. The Pioneers were defeated by the Skyhawks, by a score of 11-5. Although the Pioneers took the loss in total points; their raw score was higher than UTM giving the Pioneers something to build on going forward.

October 26, 2012
Pair from Equestrian Qualify for Regional Championship at IHSA Event
The Sacred Heart equestrian team participated in the IHSA Hunt Seat competition hosted by Fairfield University at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, CT. The Pioneers had seven athletes compete and finished the event with 27 total points.

October 21, 2012
Pioneers High Point Team at First Home Event of 2012-13
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team hosted their first show at their new facility, the Rolling M Ranch in Southbury , CT, competing in a IHSA English Hunt Seat event. The Pioneers with the high point team with 37 points while UConn was the reserve high point team with 36 points.

October 21, 2012
SHU Rides at Post in IHSA Hunt Seat Event
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team participated in the IHSA Hunt Seat completion hosted by Post University on October 6th at Lee’s Riding Stable in Litchfield. The Pioneers had eight athletes competing and finished the day with 29 points.

October 2, 2012
Equestrain Opens Season at IHSA Show at Connecticut College
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team competed in the first IHSA horse show of the season on Sunday hosted by Connecticut College. The team traveled to Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Connecticut and the competition was judged by Lilli Bieler of Waterbury Center Vermont.

April 26, 2012
Pioneers Finish Third at IHSA Zone 2 Championship
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team traveled to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY to compete in IHSA Zone 2 Championships. The judge for the day was Scott Hofstetter of Ocala, Florida. Competing for the SHUET in Individual competition were sophomore Allie Buccos in Novice Flat, placing ninth, and freshman Cortney Sevigny in Novice Fences, placing fourth.

April 4, 2012
SHU Rides at IHSA Regional Championships
The Sacred Heart Pioneers traveled to scenic Mystic, Ct. last weekend to compete at IHSA Regional Championships hosted by Connecticut College at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club and judged by Lesley Woodworth. Six members of the Pioneers qualified to compete in individual competition.

April 4, 2012
SHU's Buchanan Rides at IHSA Western Semifinal
Senior Brian Buchanan (Troy, NY), accompanied by Head Coach Tiffany Hajdasz and Assistant Coach McAllister, travelled to Findlay Ohio to compete in IHSA Western Semi Final Championships hosted by the University of Findlay. Buchanan competed against 13 athletes in the Advanced Horsemanship class.

March 13, 2012
The Equestrian Team Makes History for the Second Time this Season
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.

March 13, 2012
Senior Brian Buchanan Qualifies for IHSA Western Semifinals
Sacred Heart senior Brian Buchanan will be traveling to the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio on March 24th to compete in Advanced Horsemanship at the IHSA Western Semifinals.

March 2, 2012
Pioneers Qualify for IHSA Regional finals.
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team had eight riders qualify for the IHSA Regional Finals in the coming weeks.

March 2, 2012
Pioneers Compete in IHSA Competition at CCSU
On a cold day with glimmers of sunshine and a blustering wind the Sacred Heart Equestrian Team traveld to Windcrest Farm in Hebron, CT to compete in IHSA competition hosted by Central Connecticut State. The judge for the day was Ann Jamieson. The Pioneers had a successful day with senior Abbie Britton placing fourth in the Open Flat and junior Devan Beaulieu placing sixth in the event.

February 28, 2012
Pioneers Take on South Dakota State and Compete in Zone 2, Region 5 IHSA Competition
On a beautiful spring like day on February 19th, the Sacred Heart Pioneers took on Fairfield University & Zone 2, Region 5 in IHSA competition and also hosted South Dakota State University in NCEA competition.

February 17, 2012
Pioneers Compete in IHSA Event at Coast Guard Academy
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team traveled to Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, CT to compete in an IHSA competition hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Feburary 4th. In Open Fences, Senior Abbie Britton placed 3rd, while both Senior Brian Buchanan and Sophomore Jocelyn Alfieri placed 5th in their section. Senior Adrianna Dattoli and Sophomore Allie Buccos placed 2nd in their section of Intermediate Fences. In Open Flat, Dattoli and Junior Devan Beaulieu placed 4th and Britton placed 2nd. Buccos took 1st place in Intermediate Flat.

February 13, 2012
SHU Western Teams in Action Over the Weekend
The Sacred Heart University equestrian western team was in action on Saturday February 11th, competing in two competitions at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Junior Emma Joseph started the competition for the Pioneers earning 2nd place in the walk-jog class.

February 6, 2012
Pioneers Compete at Delaware State
On January 28, 2012 the Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team travelled to Delaware State University in Dover DE to compete in NCAA competition. Sacred Heart started off the day strong with Senior Abbie Britton and Freshman Cortney Sevigny both winning their points in Equitation Over Fences.

January 18, 2012
Pioneers to Participate in the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (formerly Varsity Equestrian) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge to be held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. The finals of the event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

January 10, 2012
National Collegiate Equestrian Association Created
In effort to further advance equestrian to a NCAA championship sport, the entity formally known as Varsity Equestrian has established an association to become the voice for the sport of equestrian within college athletics. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) was founded to be the catalyst for growth of varsity level equestrian competition.

November 28, 2011
SHU Equestrian Ends Fall in First Place
The Sacred Heart Equestrian Team remains in first place after the last competition of the fall semester. After competing at UConn on November 19th, the team ended the fall semester 19 points ahead and has set their sights high for the remaining competition season.

November 18, 2011
SHU Equestrian Fan Shop Open for the Holidays!
The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics and Sacred Heart Equestrian are pleased to announce the opening of the online Sacred Heart Equestrian Fan Shop, which has Sacred Heart Equestrian-specific apparel available for purchase now.

November 17, 2011
Pioneers Compete at UMass
The Sacred Heart University Western Equestrian Team traveled to University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA on November 12th for an IHSA Western show.

November 16, 2011
Historic Day for SHU Equestrian at Wesleyan
It was a special day for the Pioneers, but as they stepped onto Wesleyan’s home turf in the morning, they had no idea just how special it was going to be. The show started strong when senior captains Brian Buchanan and Abbie Britton won their open jumping and open flat classes in convincing fashion, keeping the pioneers at a perfect score of 14 through two classes.

November 15, 2011
Equestrian Team Hosts New Mexico State University and Southern Methodist University
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team played host to New Mexico State University on Thursday, October 20th and Southern Methodist University on Sunday, October 23rd, both at the River’s Edge Farm in Bethany CT.

October 11, 2011
Equestrian Team Competed at Post University's Lee's Stables Saturday
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team traveled to Post University’s Lee’s Riding Stable Inc. in Litchfield, CT for their second competition of the season.

October 6, 2011
Equestrian Team Reserve Champions in First Show of the Season
On Sunday October 2, 2011 the new-look Pioneers, doubling the size of their roster from last semester, competed at their first show of the season at Mystic Valley Hunt Club.

June 13, 2011
SHU's Brian Buchanan Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish - Courtesy of WNYT
Sacred Heart equestrian rider Brian Buchanan was featured in his hometown of Troy, New York on WNYT Channel 13 News for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

April 8, 2011
Pioneer Equestrian Enters Final Stretch of 2010-11 Season
The Sacred Heart equestrian team wrapped up their final IHSA horse show of the season with a first place finish and now turn their focus to the National Championships in May. The Pioneers took home first place as a team at the University of Connecticut IHSA show in early March, their first high point win for the team this year.

February 24, 2011
Pioneers Prep for Championship Season with Two Shows at Mount Holyoke College
On Saturday February 19, 2011 the Pioneers and Mount Holyoke College cohosted the two final Western IHSA horseshows of the season at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

February 4, 2011
Sacred Heart University Equestrian Invited to WEF Collegiate Equestrian Challenge
The Sacred Heart Equestrian will be returning to the second annual WEF Collegiate Equestrian Challenge. The competition will be held during the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida on February 11th, 2011.

December 8, 2010
SHU's Woronik and Carven Qualify for Equestrian Regionals
On Saturday December 4, 2010 the Western team competed in a double IHSA competition held by Mount Holyoke College. Despite the cold weather, the Pioneers performed very well, winning reserve high point team at both shows.

November 20, 2010
SHU Equestrian Plays host to Delaware State and Travels to UMass and Wesleyan
On Saturday November 6, 2010 the Sacred Heart University western team competed in a double show at the University of Massachusetts.

November 2, 2010
Pioneers Compete at IHSA Event at Trinity College
The Pioneers took part in the IHSA show at Trinity College taking home four first place ribbons at the event.

October 22, 2010
SHU Finishes as Reserve High Point Team at UConn; Host First English Show of the Season
The Sacred Heart equestrian team took part in a pair of events last weekend, turning strong performances at the IHSA Western show at UConn and hosting nine teams in their first home show at the River's Edge Farm.

October 18, 2010
Sacred Heart Equestrian Opens 2010-11 Season With 4th Place Finish
The Sacred Heart Pioneer equestrian team opened their 2010-11 season with an IHSA horse show in Litchfield, CT hosted by Central Connecticut State and Post Universities. SHU came home with a fourth place finish among the nine teams at the event.

September 24, 2010
Sacred Heart Announces Hiring of Tiffany Hajdasz as Head Equestrian Coach
Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics C. Donald Cook has announced the hiring of Tiffany Hajdasz as head coach for equestrian.

February 24, 2010
Equestrian Team Competes in Best of the West at Fresno State
FRESNO, CA - Six Sacred Heart equestrian team members traveled to Fresno, California to compete against three other schools in both English and Western at the Best of the West Meet host by Fresno State. Texas Christian University and the University of Tennessee-Martin were also in attendance.

February 11, 2010
SHU Equestrian Gets Invite to WEF Collegiate Equestrian Challenge
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Hear Equestrian team received an invitation to the first WEF Collegiate Equestrian Challenge in Wellington, Florida on February 16. Senior Julie Law will be the Pioneer representative in the 16-person field.

February 11, 2010
Equestrian Team Competes at South Dakots State
BROOKINGS, SD - Five Pioneer team members flew to South Dakota State last week for English and Western NCAA competitions. According to SHU head coach Sloane Milstein, the Pioneers competed well and had a very successful competition.

November 29, 2009
Pioneers Take Decision From Stonehill in Tiebreaker
EASTON, MA - The Sacred Heart equestrian team traveled to Stonehill College on November 22 for their last competition of the fall season, taking a close decision from the Skyhawks.

October 22, 2009
Pioneers Take Matchup With Stonehill, 6-2
BETHANY, CT - Sacred Heart Equestrian team defeated Stonehill College 6-2 in an event held at River's Edge Farm. The Pioneers and Chieftains tied in the jumping phase and SHU took a clean sweep in the flat, earning all four points.

October 13, 2009
Two More Pioneer Freshmen Get First Taste of Collegiate Equestrian Competition

October 9, 2009
Law Qualifies for 2010 Regionals