MHC Dressage Team Takes Reserve Championship at Nationals

Monday, May 16, 2005 - 12:00

For immediate release
May 16, 2005

SOUTH HADLEY, MA--- Mount Holyoke College's dressage team won the reserve championship at the Interscholastic Dressage Association's national championships, held the weekend of April 23 and 24 at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Overall, 12 teams of four riders competed on Saturday for the team championship. Competing on the Mount Holyoke team were senior Nicole Mazzeo (Commack, NY), who placed third at First Level, first-year Asheley Ireland (Westbrook, ME), who placed sixth at Upper Training Level; sophomore Nadine Krause (Newtown, CT), who won Lower Training Level; and first-year Jaimee Steiner (Northfield, MA), who took fourth at Introductory Level.

Mount Holyoke lost out to host school Lake Erie by one point, ending its three-year streak as national champion. All the Mount Holyoke team riders finished in the top six in their classes, the only team to score so consistently high.

On Sunday, 48 individual riders from the 12 competing schools rode, including five from Mount Holyoke. Twelve riders competed in each of the four divisions. At First Level, senior Katy D'Ambly (Raynham, MA) took fourth and Nicole Mazzeo placed tenth. Asheley Ireland took fourth place at Upper Training Level. At Introductory Level, first-year Janne Matzner-Gore ( New York, NY) placed fifth and Jaimee Steiner placed seventh.

Mount Holyoke coach Rebecca Schurink said, "I am thrilled with this year's achievement at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association's National Championship. We had a team comprised of relatively inexperienced competitors, with the exception of Nicole Mazzeo. Out of 16 team members, 11 are first-year students. It was not until the last six weeks of training that I felt we had a chance to place as one of the top four teams in the country. I am thankful that the riders' academic education at Mount Holyoke also prepares them for the intensity of top-level competition. They really knew how to put their game faces on and kept their cool in the arena even when things were not going as planned."