Brogdon makes Collegiate Equestrian Zone Finals

Carisa rides “Phoenix” in an Over Fences competition.

Carisa rides “Phoenix” in an Over Fences competition.

As of Monday, May 1, 2023


RWU Hawks team captain Carisa Brogdon places 2nd and 3rd to advance to the IHSA Zone 1 Finals.

#BAHAMIAN collegiate rider Carisa Brogdon is fulfilling the early promise she showed as a freshman both in and out of the riding ring.

#Brogdon competes with the Roger Williams University Hawks Equestrian Team in Zone 1, Region 1 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

#IHSA competitions take place under a horse-draw format, meaning that horses and riders are randomly matched.

#This format tests the horsemanship skills of the riders who must navigate jump courses and under saddle equitation tests on strange horses.

#Under the guidance of coach Nikki Speranzo, Brogdon’s performances throughout the show season, which included multiple 1st and 2nd placings, helped her team earn a spot to Region 1 post-season competition.

#At Regionals, Brogdon placed 3rd in the Limit Over Fences and 2nd in the Limit Flat Divisions, becoming the only member of her team to advance to the IHSA Zone 1 Finals.

#The Zone Finals took place at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

#Brogdon rode well enough to finish in the ribbons, earning a 9th place finish in the Limit Flat Class, but failed to advance to the National Finals.

#Now a junior, Brogdon is making her presence felt on the RWU Campus – she has been named the Captain of the varsity equestrian team, is the president of the student athletic advisory committee and holds a lead ambassador position in the University Admissions office. Brogdon is pursuing a double major in marketing and business analytics with a minor in graphic design.

#She credits equestrian sport with helping her to maintain a balanced and disciplined approach to university life.

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