Headless horseperson: Actual
unretouched photograph of Ichabod Crane, riding for Moravian
in an October 11 meet in New Jersey.
Two students named Ashley have gotten carried
on—alternative modes of transportation.
Ashley Kimmet ’04, Bethlehem,
is a prize-winning cyclist with her eyes
on the 2004 Olympics. Ashley Garrett ’06, Bangor, is a prize-winning
equestrian with her own stable.
On September 21, Ashley Kimmet outdid herself
and won the Univest Grand Prix,
a major race on the professional circuit, in Souderton. Here’s how
she described it:
“I raced there last year but got a
flat tire on the last lap and had to withdraw. This year
I did the pro women’s race, and there was
a good quality of riders. We raced for 35 miles on a 2-mile loop that
went uphill and downhill. At the
end of the race, the field of women was still together and the finish came
down to a sprint. I am usually not much of a sprinter but was able
to come around
one of the best sprinters in the country and win the race. It was a pretty
big win for me and for my team.”
Peter von Allmen, associate
professor of economics and business and chair of the department,
lives in Souderton and had gone that day to ride in the
100-km cyclosportif. (See Page
4.) “I arrived just
in time to hear the announcer screaming about the end of the women’s
race . . . a wicked three-way sprint to the finish.”
This was the
latest in a series of prizes that started coming before Ashley finished
She was introduced to cycling at 13 by her
parents, who one day picked up a flier at CoreStates Bank
sponsorship of children’s programs at the
Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown. “I didn’t want
to do it at all,” she says. “But the first day I was
on the track, it was so much fun!” She never looked back. At
Bethlehem Catholic High School, she swam and ran cross-country, and
in her freshman
year at Moravian she was on the cross-country team. But these are
hobbies compared to cycling.
As a high school senior in 2000, Ashley
won a silver medal in the world championship races in Italy. In
August 2002, she competed in
the U.S. championships at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome and came
in third, less than three seconds behind the second-place
her time in the qualifying heats, she won an Espoir National Championship,
given to riders younger than 23. After the race, she received a
$500 scholarship from the Nicole Reinhart Memorial Fund,
help cyclists prepare for Olympic-level competition while in college.
last of the U.S. cycling events that determine Olympic
participation is in May. Until then, Ashley tries to
cycle every day. “I
don’t even keep track” of mileage, she says, “but
I’m gonna say 300 miles a week? Less in winter than in
summer, of course.”
Ashley rides a custom-made bike, measured
to every facet of her body. By contrast, in the world of
equestrian competition, Ashley Garrett takes whatever horse
she draws—and not because
she hasn’t got a horse. She has four: Fred, a 19-year-old Tennessee walker;
Hickory, a 23-year-old quarter horse; Lacquer, an 11-year-old standardbred,
a former harness-racer who was rescued from an abusive owner; and Goblin, a
19-year-old white Arab pony. Not only does each have a specialty but Hickory
also is a state champion.
But in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association,
competitors meet at the horse
farm or stable that’s hosting
a show and are assigned a horse. “You’re not allowed to bring your
own horse or equipment or anything,” Ashley says. “The theory is
that everyone might not have a horse [at college] but anyone can ride.”
the first meet of this season, held October 11 at Briarwood Farms in Flemington,
New Jersey, Moravian’s five-member equestrian team competed against
others from Zone 3 (Northeast United States) Region 4 (eastern Pennsylvania
Jersey). These range from Cedar Crest College to Rutgers and Princeton Universities,
as well as such state giants as Kutztown University, which has a 45-member
team. Moravian and Princeton, co-hosts of the show, set up beforehand and
the tack afterward.
Because the show occurred over fall break,
only two Moravian riders competed. But they did very well.
Ashley, riding “a really nice mare” named
Thalys, took a first in novice fences.
Samantha Dorney ’04,
Bethlehem, on a horse named JuneBug, took a first in
advanced flat (walk, trot, canter). Together they scored
the highest scoring team totaled just 30 points.
The Moravian team also
includes Amy Kish ’04, Bethlehem, and Jamie Booth ’05,
Kresgeville. There are men on some of the university teams, but the
majority of riders are women who fell in love with horses
back when they were 11 or so
and never fell out.
The faculty advisor for Moravian’s
equestrian club and team is Al Martin, associate professor
of chemistry. His
wife, Janice, is the guiding spirit of
the Backtrackers Horse and Pony 4-H Club of Northampton County,
in which Ashley was a member almost from the time she learned
works at Manito Equestrian Center in Allentown with coach Carolina
Horses have been a part of Ashley’s life since
she was small. “When
I was a little kid, it was what I wanted to do,” she says.
Her parents began to ride, too, because of her and now compete
own, while the barn on their property has provided
lodging, over the years, for some 20 horses. When home, Ashley
gives riding lessons.
“I’ve worked really hard to start
the equestrian team at Moravian, and it’s
finally getting off the ground this year,” she says. “We
are still accepting interested students—and faculty are welcome
to ride, too!”
riders Ashley Kimmet (racing bicycle)
and Ashley Garrett (horses) both
mayoral candidates to debate at Moravian.
staff, student achievements.