Stonehill Qualifies Five for Zone Championships

Head Coach Kristen Redquest (center) with her two senior captain qualifiers for the IHSA Zone 1 Championships, Kristen Stachnik (left) and Sara Kelly. (PHOTO BY Tom Eng Photography)

Franchi and Kelly lead five zone qualifiers in seven events

EASTON, Mass. (April 1, 2014) – Five members of the Stonehill College equestrian team have qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 1 Championships this coming weekend after their performances at the IHSA Zone 1, Region 4 Championships, hosted by Boston University at Holly Hill Show Stables in Hanover, Mass., this past weekend.

Junior Danielle Franchi placed first for both open fences and open flat. (PHOTO BY Tom Eng Photography)

Junior Danielle Franchi (Islip, N.Y./Islip) leads Stonehill's five individual qualifiers in seven total events as she won a pair of blue ribbons at the Zone 1, Region 4 Championships over the weekend for her first place finishes in open equitation over fences and open equitation on the flat, posting the fourth-highest point total in the region this season. Senior Sara Kelly (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) also qualified for zones in two events, posting second place finishes for both intermediate fences and intermediate flat.

Senior Kristen Stachnik (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) and junior Kayleigh McDonnell (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) both earned blue ribbons for their events to earn a trip to the Zone Championships. Stachnik placed first for intermediate fences, while McDonnell finished first for novice fences to go with a sixth place show for novice flat. Sophomore Emma Zamierowski (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) rounds out the Skyhawk riders who will compete at zones this coming weekend after placing second for walk trot equitation.

Sophomore Laura Haynes (Avon, Conn./Avon) was among eight total riders competing for Stonehill at the regional championships last weekend and placed fourth for intermediate fences. Junior Cassandra Otis (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) placed fifth for novice flat, while sophomore Rachel Fox (Smithfield, R.I./Smithfield) was sixth in intermediate flat.

Stonehill's five qualifiers, its most since 2012, will now compete at the IHSA Zone 1 Championships, hosted by Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Mass., on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Stonehill's eight regional qualifiers and Coach Kristen Redquest. (PHOTO BY Tom Eng Photography)