And Wildcard Makes Three for Dressage Nationals
The regular regional shows ended in February for the dressage team, but Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) had to wait until mid-April to find out that he had won a wildcard spot to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals.
And Wildcard Makes Three for Dressage Nationals (April 24-26, 2015)
The regular regional shows ended in February for the dressage team, but Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) had to wait until mid-April to find out that he had won a wildcard spot to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals. Regen joined teammates Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) to compete as individuals at the competition hosted by Ohio’s Otterbein University April 24-26.
Coach Danielle Menteer left a day early along with two other teammates in order to trailer four Albion horses to Otterbein that were used in the competition draw. They spent the weekend schooling and taking care of the horses to prepare them for the show.
By the end of the long day of fierce individual competition, the Albion riders had finished in the top ten of their three levels. Tonti secured fifth place in Introductory level, Beliveau won sixth place in First level, and Regen took home eighth place in Upper Training level.
Without a full team this year (Albion competed all year with two spots unfilled), these were very well deserved rewards for a successful year! Next year the team hopes to be able to host a home show, which they were unable to do this year due to construction at the Held Equestrian Center.
Beliveau and Tonti Progress to IDA Nationals (February 21-22, 2015)
The Albion dressage team's final show of their regular season was actually two shows, a double header hosted by Lake Erie College on February 21and 22. By the end of the weekend, the Briton riders had much to celebrate with two riders officially qualified to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships.
Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass. / St. Thomas Acquinas) and first-year Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) were both named Regional Champions in First Level and Introductory level respectively. They will both advance to IDA Nationals to compete against the best collegiate riders from every region.
Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn. / Hillsboro) finished as Regional Reserve Champion, which earns him a wild-card spot for Nationals. Wild-card riders with the highest average percentages win the slot, so Regen must wait until all the other regional shows are completed before knowing the results.
After a tough season recovering from ankle surgery, senior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) finished the year strong winning both of her classes in Upper Training level and coming in third place overall for the region.
IDA Nationals will be held on April 24-26 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.