Stock Seat Team Riding High at Home Meet (October 19, 2013)
Although the drizzle of rain outside was constant nearly all day, the Albion College stock seat team shined in the spotlight during their double header home meet on October 19 at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. With multiple riders pointing into higher divisions and qualifying for Regional Championships, it proved to be a successful weekend for the Briton riders on many accounts.
The morning show ended with two Albion riders qualified for Regionals. Sophomore Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) placed first in her walk-trot class to point up into the intermediate division, and junior Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena) pointed up from novice to the advanced division. During the afternoon show, junior Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) also bumped up from novice to advanced. All three riders will go onto to Regionals after the regular season.
Other notable morning performances include junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), who wound up reserve high point rider by winning second place in both the open and reining classes in the morning, which also helped secure the Albion team’s fourth place finish.
The Albion riders really found their stride in the afternoon show, ending up winning champion high point team. Carey competed in a ride-off with teammate Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian), resulting in Carey winning first in open and McNeil winning second. They ended up winning overall high point rider and reserve high point rider respectively.
The first-year students proved valuable during the afternoon show, too. Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) won first place in intermediate, and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) won first place in her walk-trot class.
Coach Denise Webber says she was very proud of her team’s rides and was grateful for all of the help they had to host a successful show.
Dressage Team Steps Out at First Show
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association has officially begun, and Region D kicked it off with a two-day double header show hosted by Michigan State University.
Dressage Team Steps Out at First Show (October 12-13, 2013)
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association has officially begun, and Region D kicked it off with a two-day double header show hosted by Michigan State University. Albion College dressage riders made up two teams out of the total nine that were there to compete for points, which will ultimately pave the way to IDA Nationals at the end of the year. A few Albion College school horses also made the trip to help provide enough mounts for all the competitors.
On Saturday, a number of the Albion riders placed within the top three at their respective levels. First-year Grace Tsangaris (Ann Arbor/Washtenaw Technical Middle College) swept her upper training level class with a 68.93% and won first place. Freshman Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) was awarded second place for her ride at introductory level. Sophomore Emma Stapley (Rockford/Rockford) took third place in upper training level. And team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) put in a strong performance at first level to earn third place, too. By the end of the first day, Albion’s team A had won fourth place overall, and team B was awarded sixth place.
The second day of competition continued with more notable highlights from the Briton riders. Gustafson pulled off another third place finish at first level, as did Neustadt at introductory level. Junior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) got an impressive 67.61% to win first place in lower training level. As the show wrapped up, Albion’s team A was awarded sixth place and team B won eighth place.
“We had a great weekend,” says Gustafson, “and we all worked like a great team to take care of our horses.”
Equestrians Maintain Regional Lead
The Albion College equestrian hunt seat team dominated nearly all the flat divisions to finish as the reserve champion high point team in the Oct. 12 show at Western Michigan University.