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Brand Tops Novice Flat, Qualifies for Zones

Brand Tops Novice Flat, Qualifies for Zones

HANOVER, Mass. – The Mount Ida College equestrian team sent two riders to this past weekend's Zone 1, Region 4 Championship Show at Holly Hill Show Stables, hosted by Boston University.

Sophomore Abby Brand (New Boston, N.H.) emerged as the top rider in the Novice Flat category, and she will represent the Mustangs at the Zone Championship, to be held on April 8th at Mount Holyoke College in Northampton, Mass. 

Brand also finished 7th in Novice Fences, while senior Samantha Hanson (Ashland, Mass.) finished out her Mount Ida career with a third place showing in the Intermediate Flat discipline.

This is the second consecutive year that Mount Ida has sent a rider to Zones, which is one step away from the Intercollegiate Horse Show (IHSA) National Championships. Last year Sarah Ward (Buckland, Mass.) qualified as a freshman by also winning the Novice Flat category.

This year's IHSA National Championship will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, May 4-7.