Goucher Assumes 19-Point Lead in Region I Race

Goucher Assumes 19-Point Lead in Region I Race

Martin Moves Up to Second in High Point Rider Standings

February 11, 2007 

OWINGS MILLS, MD — Goucher took a giant step toward capturing its third IHSA Zone IV Region I title in the past five years with a first-place finish at today's riding show held on the campus of the Garrison Forest School.

Goucher's riding program, which won regional titles in 2003 and 2005, earned 47 points today, enough to boost its five-point lead over Mary Washington in the regional standings to 19 points, 206-187.

Eight different Goucher riders were awarded first place by the judges at today's show. Brittany Martin (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep) earned top honors in open equtation over fences and open equitation on the flat, and moved up to second place in the region's high point rider standings. She also qualfied to compete at the Region I Championships in March in open fences.

The other Goucher riders with first-place performances were: Jonathan Cohen (Chicago, IL/Latin School of Chicago) in open flat, Boo Geisse (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) in intermediate flat, Sarah Pandolfini (New York, NY/Buxton) in novice flat, Sarah Ashby (Havre de Grace, MD/Havre de Grace) in advanced walk-trot-canter, and Jenna Allen (Round Rock, TX/Round Rock), Nina Sysko (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) and Jonah Bookman (Miami, FL/Oakley School) in walk-trot.

Allen qualfied for regionals in walk-trot equitation.