Final Regular Season Show for Stock Seat Team (January 18, 2015)
The Briton stock seat riders returned a few days early from winter break in order to compete at the double-header show hosted by Michigan State University on January 18. Ten teams competed in this final regular season show, and in the end the Albion team came away in fourth place in the morning show and third place in the afternoon show.
There were many notable finishes, including the following:
1st place: Morgan Carey (open and reining), Kristine Mussell (novice), and Danielle Townsend (novice). 2nd place: Megan Winkler (walk-trot), Taylor Sandberg (novice x 2), Brooke Viele (advanced), Elle Root (open and reining), Morgan Carey (open), Allison Voorhess (advanced), and Heather Conner (intermediate II). 3rd place: Kate Sears (novice), Kristine Mussell (novice), Elle Root (open), Megan McNeil (open), and Abby Voglewede (intermediate II).
A main highlight was that two more riders qualified to compete at the Regional Championships. Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow) and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine) will join the other six Albion team members who will vie at Regionals to go onto compete at Semi-Finals from there. Regionals will be held on February 15 at the Michigan State University pavilion.
Sandberg Clinches Double Wins and Regionals Spot (November 22, 2014)
Nine teams came to compete in a double-header show hosted by Ferris State University on November 22 at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta. The Albion College stock seat riders wound up as reserve high point team in the morning and third place in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, five more Albion women cemented spots at the IHSA regional championships, which will take place in the spring semester: senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/ Lutheran North), and freshmen Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) and Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport).
The morning blue ribbon winners included Sandberg, Townsend, and sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow). Sandberg had another win in the afternoon, as did co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena).
Carey Wins High Point Rider (November 1, 2014)
The stock seat team traveled to Lowell, Mich., on November 1 for a competition hosted by Grand Valley State University. It was a one-day double-header show down between 10 teams from the region. In the end, the Albion team tied for second place in the morning and won third place in the afternoon.
Senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) put forth another strong effort winning first place in both her Open and her Reining classes, clinching the high point score for the entire morning show. She also brought home third place ribbons for Open and Reining in the afternoon.
Team co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena) qualified for Regionals with her second place finish in Advanced, while her other co-captain, Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North), earned a second and a third in Novice.
Other exciting finishes were made by first year students Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H.Dow) and Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake). Viele won third in Advanced, and Sandberg captured second in Intermediate II.
Double Wins at Home Show (October 18, 2014)
Albion College’s stock seat team hosted their home show on October 18, and it turned out to be a day of firsts! For the first time, the home show was held at coach Denise Webber’s farm, Nottawa Paint Horses, as the Held Center is currently undergoing construction on its indoor arena. The Albion team won first place overall (out of 10 teams total) at both shows of the double-header, also becoming the first time the Brits won both the AM and the PM shows on home turf.
Senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) led the team with her winning ride in Reining, achieving first place and the high point rider award for the AM show. Sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow) took home two first places in Novice, and co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) won first place in Novice.
Other big wins came from first year riders Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) and Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) in Advanced and Intermediate II respectively.
The gracious host and coach Denise Webber was thrilled with how the team did and says she is very proud to be their coach. “Two wins and one high point rider means three out of four possible big ribbons went home with Albion,” she says. “Go Albion!”