First Stock Seat Team Show Ends with Reserve Champion Titles (October 5, 2013)
The first stock seat show of the season was hosted by Saginaw Valley State University at the Midland County Fairgrounds on October 5, 2013. The region had ten different teams present to compete for coveted IHSA points at the double-header show. Albion College rode away with reserve high point team titles for both shows.
Junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) competed for the first time in the open/reining division. Carey won first place in her open class and third place in her reining class, which sealed her reserve high point rider award for the morning show. She kept up the momentum winning first place in her open class in the afternoon show.
One Albion rider, senior Katie Heim (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community), managed to point up from intermediate II into the advanced division by winning her class, which qualifies her to compete at the IHSA Regional Championships later in the season.
The walk-trot division was well represented by Briton riders as well. Sophomore Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) and freshman Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) won first place in their classes, and sophomore Camille Sawicki (Jenison/Jenison) won second place in hers.
Captain Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe) says she is very excited about the quality of the team’s walk-trot riders this year. “It was a great start to the show season year,” says Pankratz.
Stock Seat Season Wraps Up at Semi-Finals (March 23-24, 2013)
Four Briton riders made it all the way to the IHSA Semi-Finals that were hosted by Oswego State University in Syracuse, New York, on March 23-24, 2013. These riders had qualified for the Regional Championships, and then came away as either Region Champion or Reserve Region Champion in their respective divisions to qualify to compete at the Semi-Finals in New York.
Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community), Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe), and Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) competed as individuals amongst some stiff competition. In the end, Petchell came away with a fifth place in Open Reining, and Weiss was awarded fifth place in Intermediate after making call-backs.
“It was a great year,” says team captain Pankratz, “and everybody rode the best they could with the draw they were given.”
Stock Seat Riders 'Rein' at Regionals (February 10, 2013)
The Albion College stock seat team has much to be proud of after their regional championship show held on February 10 at the Michigan State University Pavilion. After battling it out with the other qualified riders of Zone 6 Region 4, in the end four Britons emerged as either regional champion or reserve champion which will send them through to the IHSA Semi-Finals.
Senior Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) won top honors as region champion of the Open Reining division, the highest class of all. Albion riders owned the Novice class with Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) taking champion and team co-captain Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe) was reserve champion. Both Lindsey Memering (White Lake/Milford) and Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) made it to the final round in the Intermediate II division, and Weiss came away as the reserve champion in the end.
The four riders will continue on the road to Nationals by competing at the IHSA Stock Seat Semi-Finals, which will be March 23 in Syracuse, New York.
Memering and Petchell Clinch Regional Spots at Final Regular Season Show (January 13, 2013)
Members of the Briton stock seat team returned early from their winter break to compete at the final show of the season before Regionals. The double header, hosted by Michigan State University, was held at the MSU Pavilion on January 13. While the team came away with a third and fourth place, there were quite a few Albion riders that returned with Champion and Reserve individual ribbons.
Senior Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) was especially happy to wrap up the season by securing her spot at Regionals in both the Open riding and reining. Her second place in Open and first place in reining made Petchell the Reserve Grand Champion rider for the whole show. Teammate Lindsey Memering (White Lake/Milford) also won her Intermediate II class which confirmed her points to qualify for Regionals as well.
The Advanced division was dominated by Albion riders as well. Sophomores Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) and Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian) both placed first in their Advanced divisions, as did first-year student Jennifer Fifield (Oxford/Oxford).
There was some excitement in the air when senior Chelsea Utt (Harbor Springs/Petoskey) won first place in Open reining and then fourth place in Open riding, which Memqualified her for a three-way ride-off. Utt came away with the Reserve Grand Champion rider.
The IHSA Stock Seat Regional Championships will take place on February 10 at the Michigan State University Pavilion. Ten Albion College stock seat riders will contend at Regionals to vie for coveted spots at the Semi-Finals from there.