Final Regular Season Show for Stock Seat Team (January 18, 2015)
The Briton stock seat riders returned a few days early from winter break in order to compete at the double-header show hosted by Michigan State University on January 18. Ten teams competed in this final regular season show, and in the end the Albion team came away in fourth place in the morning show and third place in the afternoon show.
There were many notable finishes, including the following:
1st place: Morgan Carey (open and reining), Kristine Mussell (novice), and Danielle Townsend (novice).
2nd place: Megan Winkler (walk-trot), Taylor Sandberg (novice x 2), Brooke Viele (advanced), Elle Root (open and reining), Morgan Carey (open), Allison Voorhess (advanced), and Heather Conner (intermediate II).
3rd place: Kate Sears (novice), Kristine Mussell (novice), Elle Root (open), Megan McNeil (open), and Abby Voglewede (intermediate II).
A main highlight was that two more riders qualified to compete at the Regional Championships. Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow) and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine) will join the other eight Albion team members who will vie at Regionals to go onto compete at Semi-Finals from there. Regionals will be held on February 15 at the Michigan State University pavilion.
Dressage Team Small but Mighty at Findlay
With no drop score riders, the Albion team was in a challenging position, and they did quite well at the November 22 show hosted by the University of Findlay.
Dressage Team Small but Mighty at Findlay (November 22, 2014)
With no drop score riders, the Albion team was in a challenging position, and they did quite well at the November 22 show hosted by the University of Findlay. The way the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows work is that each team of four riders is able to use a “drop score,” meaning they disregard the team’s lowest score to determine final standings. Normally Albion carries eight riders on the dressage team so we can have an A team and a B team. However this semester, the team is down to just six riders, meaning that they have two teams of three and no dropped score.
Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) rode her First level test for an impressive 70.5 percent scoring her a fourth place finish. Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas) wound up in fifth place at First level.
First-year student Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) won second place, and sophomore Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) took home a sixth place, both at Introductory level. Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) won fifth place with a 66.7 percent in Upper Training level, and senior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) earned a 66.8 percent in the same division to get fourth place.
At the end of the day, the Albion teams stood in fourth place and eighth place.
Sandberg Clinches Double Wins and Regionals Spot
Nine teams came to compete in a double-header show hosted by Ferris State University on November 22 at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta.