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About Our Organization

Marist Equestrian is an inclusive co-ed club that enables riders of all levels to participate. Members have the option of competing during the year on the show team or can choose to take lessons on the club team. Marist rides at Crosswinds Equestrian Center, a state-of-the-art facility in LaGrangeville, NY, under the training of Clare Knapp and assistant coach Lorena Passi. We have a wide range of horses spanning all levels, so we can best tailor your lessons to your skill level. The competition season runs from September to May, and we compete in Zone 3, Region 3 of the IHSA.

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Club Leadership

President: Christina Titto, '25

Vice President: Ella Copeland, '27

Treasurer: Alexa Bernal, '25

Coach: Clare Knapp

Meeting Times

We have scheduled lessons, created around your class schedule. We ride at Crosswinds Equestrian Center in LaGrangeville, NY.

Member Spotlight

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Brendan Barrett - Junior - Brewster, NY - Political Science Major

Growing up Brendan competed in the Children’s Hunters & Jumpers in high school, as well as riding on a well-recognized IEA team. Brendan now shows in the Intermediate division on the flat and over fences. He plans to attend law school upon graduation.

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Annika Ryer - Senior - Cairo, Egypt - Psychology/Special Education Major

A junior from Cairo, Egypt, both of Annika's parents taught at an American school. She rode informally as a child and is currently competing in the Novice division. She is majoring
in Psychology and Special Education and hopes to be a psychologist or a speech pathologist.

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Brittany Walsh - Senior - Plainfield, NJ - Criminal Justice and Psychology Major

Brittany has been riding for 10 years and currently competes in the Limit division. She is majoring in psychology and criminal justice and has hopes to attend grad school for clinical psychology after her time at Marist.

Earn Priority Points through Clubs and Activities

To earn one (1) point: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 50% of club/organization activities.

To earn two (2) points: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 75% of club/organization activities PLUS the community service event.

To earn three (3) points (executive board only): Officers must attend 50% of club meetings for the semester and 100% of club activities including community service. If executive board members do not complete all of the requirements to earn three points, they will be eligible to receive up to two points based on the above criteria.

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2024 Season Recap

The Marist College Equestrian Team wrapped up another successful IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) season last week. The Red Foxes earned their 10th consecutive Overall Regional Reserve Champion High Point College title, beating out the likes of the United States Military Academy, Vassar College, SUNY New Paltz, and a host of other schools in the tri-state area.
Fourteen different Equestrian Team members recorded at least one individual win during the regular season, with several earning multiple blue ribbons. The Red Foxes earned a big victory in November, outscoring perennial National Powerhouse Centenary University to win High Point College for the competition. The team’s success earned them an invitation to the Holiday Tournament of Champions, where a select group of riders competed against 15 of the top college programs nationwide, with juniors Christina Titto and Elena DeDominicis both earning places in the top three.
The Red Foxes began their postseason with nine team members qualifying for the Regional Championships. Titto and DeDominicis, along with Caroline Komenda 24’ and Katey O’Brien 26’, were victorious and earned a spot to compete at the IHSA Zone 3 Championship, where schools from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland were represented. The competition was tough, and all our Marist student-athletes rode well, with DeDominicis once again coming out with a win, booking herself a trip to the IHSA National Championships. Senior Caroline Komenda was also awarded the Zone 3 Joan Johnson Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Sportsmanship, a huge honor.
The finals step of our season was the IHSA National Championship, held this year in Tryon, NC, an amazing facility which recently hosted the World Equestrian Games. The Red Foxes have qualified for Nationals every season since 2018, and Elena finished in 10th place individually this year. She was proud to represent Marist at such a prestigious event.
The Marist Equestrian Team bid farewell to three seniors, Komenda along with open riders Samantha Fellenz and Kaitlyn Sottile to graduation, but looks ahead to a strong campaign next season with a solid group of riders set to return and some exciting freshmen joining the roster. The Red Foxes and coach Clare Knapp '03 would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the season, and especially for the contributions to our equestrian team on Marist’s First Ever Day of Giving. Go Red Foxes!