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.
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.