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.
Stock Seat Team Riding High at Home Meet (October 19, 2013)
Although the drizzle of rain outside was constant nearly all day, the Albion College stock seat team shined in the spotlight during their double header home meet on October 19 at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. With multiple riders pointing into higher divisions and qualifying for Regional Championships, it proved to be a successful weekend for the Briton riders on many accounts.
The morning show ended with two Albion riders qualified for Regionals. Sophomore Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) placed first in her walk-trot class to point up into the intermediate division, and junior Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena) pointed up from novice to the advanced division. During the afternoon show, junior Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) also bumped up from novice to advanced. All three riders will go onto to Regionals after the regular season.
Other notable morning performances include junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), who wound up reserve high point rider by winning second place in both the open and reining classes in the morning, which also helped secure the Albion team’s fourth place finish.
The Albion riders really found their stride in the afternoon show, ending up winning champion high point team. Carey competed in a ride-off with teammate Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian), resulting in Carey winning first in open and McNeil winning second. They ended up winning overall high point rider and reserve high point rider respectively.
The first-year students proved valuable during the afternoon show, too. Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) won first place in intermediate, and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) won first place in her walk-trot class.
Coach Denise Webber says she was very proud of her team’s rides and was grateful for all of the help they had to host a successful show.
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.