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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Dartmouth Equestrian Team had a stellar day at the IHSA Zone I New England Championship at Mount Holyoke College, sending two-of-five qualifiers on to the IHSA National Championships. 

Team co-captains Meg Rauner and Claire Bick both finished in second place in their classes to snag spots at the Nationals, which will be held May 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. 

Bick started the afternoon flat classes off when she was called back in her Intermediate Flat class with five other riders — out of her class of 10 — to perform a test involving no stirrups.  She performed flawlessly on Mount Holyoke’s Will to outlast the other competitors and finish second, which was enough to gain her the Nationals spot. 

Rauner’s Novice Flat class was soon to follow and she drew Stella, another one of Mount Holyoke’s school horse string.  She and one other rider were called back to test, and the judge asked for no stirrups and a sophisticated test involving a counter-canter. Rauner had a beautiful ride and finished second, qualifying for Nationals in the process.

Bick and Rauner will join two of their teammates who have already qualified for Nationals: Olivia Champ will compete in the prestigious Cacchione Cup, while Erin McCarthy-Keeler will represent Dartmouth and Zone I in the McDonald Scholarship Challenge.

Dartmouth Equestrian’s other Zone qualifiers included Sophie Lenihan,  (7th place Open Fences), Storey Dyer-Kloman (6th place Novice Fences) and Charlotte Johnstone (10th place Walk-Trot).