WELLINGTON, Fla. - Junior Taylor Brown captured the Flat title at the third annual FTI WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge Friday evening in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. Lisa Goldman also had a strong showing, finishing second in Fences.
"Taylor found all the buttons on her horse and rode beautifully," head coach Ellen White said. "Lisa did a great job as well. It was excellent riding by both girls."
Brown opened with a 150-135 win over Kimberly Hewson of Fresno State before winning the title 164-143 over Katherine Schmidt of South Carolina. This marked the first year Flat has been featured, making Brown the first ever winner.
"I had no idea what to expect horse-wise," Brown said. "It took me a little while to figure out the canter transition, but when I figured it out, it was nice. She was awesome, her lengthening was amazing. It is great representing my school and it is a good accomplishment for me as well."
Goldman began with a close 79.5-79 win over Amy Lang (New Mexico State) before disposing of Maggie Earle of Texas A&M, 86-78 in round two. The semifinals found a showdown with Sarah Mershawn of Kansas State that Goldman win easily, 80-60, however, she fell in to Kimberly McCormack (South Carolina) 87.5-85 in the championship round.
Brown, Goldman and the Lady Bears will return home to take on Oklahoma State on Saturday at 10:100 a.m. at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.