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Saxon Western equestrian team sweeps weekend shows at home

ALFRED, NY — The Alfred University equestrian team remained perfect on the season with a sweep of a pair of shows Saturday at the AU Equestrian Center.


The Saxons finished first out of five teams competing in the morning and afternoon shows. So far this season, the Saxon Western team has competed in six shows (all at home) and won each of them to sit atop the regional team standings.


In Saturday’s morning show, junior Ashley Sinclair (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) was named high point rider and sophomore Lexi Buckheit (Mansfield, PA/Mansfield) was named reserve high point rider. The pair had tied for top rider honors and Sinclair won a ride-off to determine high point rider. Sinclair finished second in open horsemanship and Buckheit was second in open reining.


Event winners for the Saxons were: junior Derek Partridge (Groveland, NY/Geneseo), in open reining; sophomore Casey Duncan (Stuarts Draft, VA/Stuarts Draft), in advanced horsemanship; junior Kaylyn Slater (Phelps, NY/Midlakes) in novice horsemanship; senior Kristin Eklin (Bovey, MNB/Grand Rapids), in open horsemanship; sophomore Dijon Brooks (Hartford, CT/Metropolitan Learning Center Magnet) and freshman Ashley Mallery (Olean, NY/Olean), each in intermediate horsemanship II; and junior Erin Paterson (Hancock, NY/Oakwood Friends) and junior Nicole Mekker (Liverpool, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse), each in beginner horsemanship.


Other top riders for AU included: senior Brianna Cappiello (Webster, NY/East Rochester), second in advanced horsemanship; freshman Alex Morency (Argyle, NY/Argyle), second in novice horsemanship; sophomore Ben Proctor (Lowman, NY/Elmira Free Academy) and freshman Erin Gendreau (Guilford, VT/Brattleboro Union), both in intermediate horsemanship II; and freshman Javon Nunes (Amityville, NY/Copiague) in beginner horsemanship.


Partridge was named high point rider in the afternoon show after taking first in open reining. With his two wins in that event Saturday, he remained unbeaten in six shows in open reining and is in first place in the American Quarter Horse Association High Point Rider standings. The leader in the AQHA standings at the end of the regular season automatically qualifies to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) national championships.


Buckheit was second in open reining and was named reserve high point rider.


Other event winners Saturday afternoon were: Eklin, in open horsemanship; sophomore Kelly Jo Stein (Scottsville, NY/Caledonia-Mumford), in intermediate horsemanship II; and Nunes and freshman Shannon Dalton (Hamburg, NY/Frontier), both in beginner horsemanship.


Sinclair was second in open horsemanship; sophomore Danielle Strange (Wellsboro, NY/Wellsboro) was second in intermediate horsemanship II; and junior Kaysey Hinkle (Camden, NY/Camden) was second in beginner horsemanship.


The Saxon Western team is in action next for two shows at the AU Equestrian Center on March 2.