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!”
Out-of-the-Gate Champion Stock Seat Team (October 4, 2014)
The maiden competition of the season was a successful double-header for the Albion stock seat riders who competed on October 4 at Saginaw Valley State University. They faced nine teams from other schools and came away with a champion high point and a third place.
Albion riders generated enough points in the first show to end up as the champion high point team. Nearly every division was led by an Albion rider, including Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) and Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport) who won first places in their Intermediate II classes. Co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) followed suit with a win in Novice along with other co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena) who picked up second place in Advanced. Freshman Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) also won a second in Advanced as did senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) in the Open/Reining division.
As the afternoon show wrapped up, the Albion team ended up in third place overall. Notable places include senior Megan McNeil’s (Ononadaga/Jackson Christian) overall reserve high point ride and first place in Open/Reining. Second place finishers included Joy Davis (Flint/Kearsley) in Advanced, Voorhess in Novice, Townsend in Intermediate II, and freshman Stancey Thompson (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin) in Walk/Trot.
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.