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.
Top Placings for Stock Seat Riders at GVSU Show (November 10, 2013)
After a grueling double-header hosted by Grand Valley State University, the Albion College stock seat team sits amongst the top teams in regional standings. Going home with a reserve high point team ribbon and also a third place out of the 10 teams that competed on November 10, the Briton riders had much to be proud of.
First-year students helped carry the team during the first show of the day. Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) and Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) earned first place finishes in the intermediate I and II divisions respectively. The team as a whole wound up in third place for the first show.
Voorhess proved successful again with another first place in the second show, accompanied by a win from Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) in intermediate II. Senior Katie Heim (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community) won first in her novice class, and freshman Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) rounded out the blue ribbons with a win in walk-trot. The top teams were within just a few points of each other, and in the end Albion came away tied for reserve high point team.
Coach Denise Webber is proud to announce two more riders that have pointed into the next division and qualified for regional championships. Michelle Miele (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) and Kate Sears (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor-Huron) will both go on to compete at regionals next spring.