2018-19 Team Roster


Name                          Cl.        High School                           Hometown                 

Sydney Bent                Sr.         Exeter-West Greenwich           West Greenwich, RI

Katelyn Billington         So.         Tri-County RVTHS                   North Attleboro, MA

Hudson Deighan          Fr.          Lincoln Public School               Lincoln, RI

Kaitlyn Dmohowski      Sr.          Milford High School                 Milford, MA

Katherine Haley          Sr.          Scituate High School               Scituate, RI 

Alexander Kalajian      So.          East Greenwich High School    East Greenwich, RI

Madeline Papito          So.          St Mary Academy Bay View      Hope, RI

Dayna Picco               So.          Griswold High School               Griswold, CT

Head Coach: Dana Stark


2018-19 Schedule

Date                Competition

Oct. 6              at JWU (at JWU; Rehoboth, Mass.)

Oct. 20             at Becker (at Becker College; Paxton, Mass.) 

Oct. 27             at UMass Dartmouth (at Claddagh Farm; Tiverton, R.I.)

Nov. 3              at Roger Williams (at PJM Equestrian; Tiverton, R.I.)

Nov. 10            at University of Rhode Island (at Mystic Valley Hunt Club; Gales Ferry, Conn.)

Nov. 17            at Assumption with Clark & Holy Cross (Four Winds Farm; North Oxford, Mass.)


Head Coach Dana Stark

Phone: (401) 456-9585  E-Mail: dstark@ric.edu

Dana Stark is heading into her 16th season as the Advisor/Coach for Rhode Island College’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian Team.

Dana has over 20 years of experience in the equestrian industry having spent her junior and young adult years on the “A” circuit as a rider, barn manager and groom as well as operating her own private breeding and sales barn for the past decade. Her introduction and commitment to the IHSA began as an undergrad co-captain of the UMass Amherst Equestrian Team, culminating in a win at the IHSA National Championship in 1985. Her passion for the IHSA followed her work in higher education with a stint as advisor to the Brown University Equestrian Team where she was instrumental in securing varsity status in 1996.

Dana graduated from Rhode Island College, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's degree in communications and a certificate in non-profit studies.

The RIC Equestrian Team rides out of Willow Brook Farm (at Ballard’s Farm) in Lincoln, RI with Dina Patnaud.



The Rhode Island College Equestrian Team wrapped up a double header weekend with an incredible showing at both the URI and UMASS Dartmouth- RIC competitions! On Saturday (11.10.18), the Anchormen took home a third place overall ribbon competing against twelve other teams.  On Sunday (11.11.18), they took home a share of the title, tying UMASS Dartmouth for first place!

Senior Captain, Sydney Bent, took home 1st and 3rd place ribbons in Open over fences and placed 3rd and 4th in Intermediate and Open flat – qualifying for Regional Finals in the process. Sophomore, Katie Billington, took home four 1st place ribbons in Intermediate over fences and flat and ended up being High Point Rider of both shows! Sophomore, Dayna Picco, rode to 6th place in Novice over fences and got a 1st and 2nd place in Novice flat. Sophomore, Alexander Kalajian, took home a 5th and 6th place in Advanced Walk Trot Canter. Senior Captain, Kat Haley, took home a 6th and 1st place in Advanced Walk Trot Canter and senior, Kaitlyn Dmohowski, took home two 4th place ribbons in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

The equestrian team wraps up the fall schedule at Four Winds Farm in North Oxford, MA hosted by Assumption College on 11/17!

-Kat Haley (’19)

RIC Riders start the season off on a high note!


Over the summer, two of the RIC Equestrian Team riders, Sydney Bent (‘19) and Katelyn Billington (‘21), qualified to compete in the Rhode Island State Equation Championships. Riders from all over New England compete throughout the year for a chance to qualify for this culminating final. On the 2nd of September our riders showed up at the Heritage Equestrian Center in East Greenwich, RI, prepared for a long day of three competition phases.

 First there was a classic round, during which Bent and Billington competed over a course that consisted of eight jumps set to a height of 3’. Out of a field of 23 riders, our very own Katelyn Billington topped the field and Sydney Bent was a close 7th place! The second phase was a written exam on basic horsemanship knowledge, which is a crucial part of the equestrian sport. Once again Billington shined, earning top honors in that event as well, with Bent earning 7th. The third phase was the championship class. Bent (pictured below © Jess Windhurst Photography) and Billington (pictured above © Jess Windhurst Photography) both put up big scores in the first round of the class securing their spot in the top 10. The scores at the top were tight and the judges decided to have the top five come back for a final test to defend their placings. Going into the test Billington was in the number one spot and held her lead through the difficult final test to secure the win. Bent finished 6th in the championship with a strong first round score, just missing the final testing by one rider. Both riders have proven that they are at the top of their game and the RIC community is looking forward to see their outside success spill into the intercollegiate season. The kick off show on October 6th is at the Johnson and Wales Equine Center in Rehoboth, MA. Way to go RIC Equestrian and good luck with the season!