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.
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.