Gustafson and Grobbel Dominate First Level (February 15, 2014)
The Albion College dressage team started the day off with a bang at their one-day competition held at the University of Findlay on February 15.
The two Albion first level riders dominated their class. Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) scored her personal best at an IDA competition, finishing in first place with a 71.6%. Fellow teammate and junior Megan Grobbel (Berlin/Armada) followed her in second place with a score of 69.3%.
Other respectable scores earned by Briton riders include Emma Stapley (Rockford/Rockford), who finished with a 66.4% in her upper training level class. New to the dressage team (and current hunt seat team member), sophomore Ann Armstrong (Janesville, WI/George Parker) competed in lower training level and scored a solid 64.8%.
By the end of the day and amongst stiff competition, the Albion A team finished in sixth place and the B team finished in fifth place.
Top Three Finish for Albion IDA Team (November 23, 2013)
Newcomers to Region D, the University of Findlay hosted their first Intercollegiate Dressage Association show on November 23. Albion College made the drive down to Findlay, Ohio, although they only took one team of four riders rather than the usual two teams.
Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) rode to a first place finish at first level with a 66.5%. Upper training level ended with Emma Stapley (Rockford/Rockford) in second place with a score of 66.6%. Junior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) won fifth place in her lower training level class with a 64.8%. Introductory level rider Lindsay Ciastko (Hammond, IN/La Lumiere) rounded out the team. The Albion team A ended up with a third place overall finish.
Stock Seat Riders Rock Regional Championships (February 9, 2014)
The day after the stock seat’s final regular season competition, qualified riders proceeded on to compete in the regional championship show (also held at the MSU Pavilion).
Among the many Albion riders that qualified earlier in the season to compete at this regional championship, junior Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) won first place in the novice division. Weiss will proceed on to compete as an individual at the semi-finals, joining the Albion team of six other riders that has qualified to compete there as well after winning high point team of the region.
Here are the Albion College riders that will compete at semi-finals:
Chelsea Weiss – Novice
Katie Petchell – Alumni Reining
Megan McNeil – Open Reining
Morgan Carey – Open Horsemanship
Hannah Pankratz – Advanced
Elle Root – Novice
Katie Heim – Intermediate
Jordan McGinn – Walk/Trot
The IHSA stock seat semi-finals will be held March 29-30 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
Final Regional Show Secures Top Spot for Stock Seat Team (February 8, 2014)
With multiple teams vying for first place in the region, the Albion College stock seat team went into the final regular season double-header feeling a sizeable amount of pressure. By the end of the day, the Britons rode away with reserve champion and champion high point team ribbons. This secured their spot as regional high point team champion, and they will go on to compete at the IHSA stock seat semi-finals as a team, sending their strongest rider from each of the six divisions.
During the first show, held at the MSU Pavilion, there were many first and second places won by Albion riders. Junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) placed first in open horsemanship and second in open reining, but her highest peak was achieving the regional high point rider award, which automatically grants her a ticket to IHSA nationals!
Sophomores Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) and Camille Sawicki (Jenison/Jenison) finished first in the intermediate and walk-trot divisions respectively. Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) placed second in the intermediate level as well.
The second show again brought first and second place ribbons for Carey, as well as another first place for Sawicki. Other Albion riders, including Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian), Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North), and team captain Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe) all brought home blue first place ribbons, too.
Sawicki, Voorhess, Pankratz, McNeil, and Carey all qualified to continue on to the regional championship show (held the following day), as well as first year Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) who also joined as a regional contender.