Carey Spurs on to IHSA Stock Seat Nationals (May 3-4, 2014)
The reigning (and “reining”) high point rider of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Assocation’s Region 4 represents their school as an individual at the IHSA National Championships, and this year it was junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) who earned this honor.
Carey traveled with stock seat team coach Denise Webber to Harrisburg, PA in order to compete on May 3 and 4 in the AQHA High Point Rider Rail and Reining divisions. Although she finished out of reach of the ribbons, her respectable 13th placing was nothing short of impressive when pitted against the best reining riders at the college level in the country. Carey left Harrisburg after her second trip to Nationals with her head held high and more experience under her belt.
After qualifying to compete at Nationals, Carey was named Albion’s stock seat team MVP, winning the Margaret Sindt Western Horsemanship Award, a perpetual trophy that was presented at the annual equestrian awards banquet.
Semi-Finals in Texas for Albion Stock Seat Team (March 29-30, 2014)
As the champion team of the region, the Albion stock seat team qualified to compete at the IHSA Semi-Finals held at the West Texas A&M University Horse Center in Canyon, TX on March 29 and 30.
The team was comprised of one rider per level for a total of six, plus one who qualified to compete as an individual. Albion also had its first IHSA alumni rider to compete in the alumni reining division.
After a long few days of travel and two days of tough competition on horses that were new to the riders, coach Denise Webber was very pleased with the end results. Senior Katie Heim (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community) won fourth place in the Intermediate II division, which was a great finish after only two years of riding and competing in the stock seat discipline.
After earning the title of high point rider for the region, junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) had already secured her ticket to Nationals. Carey and Coach Webber will travel to the IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, PA on May 3-4.
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:
Individual: Chelsea Weiss – Novice Katie Petchell – Alumni Reining
Team: 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.