Ervin and Fore Lead Dressage at Findlay (November 5, 2016)
The University of Findlay (OH) hosted dressage teams from the region on Saturday, November 5 in a competition that saw the Britons finish fourth, their score boosted by the performances of sophomore team captain Jessi Fore (Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee) and her classmate Shannon Ervin (Ortonville/Brandon).
Fore led off for the Britons at First Level and came away with a third place finish; Ervin then followed suit and finished third at Lower Training Level. First-year rider Madelin Darby (Alto/Caledonia) finished fifth in her First Level ride and sophomore McKenzie Bush (St. Clair/Marysville) was allowed a wild card spot to compete as an individual during the meet at Upper Training level.
“We were all assigned to very different horses and it was both fun and educational to watch each rider solve a different type of problem,” team captain Fore commented at the end of the weekend.
Briton dressage has a respite from competition until second semester when they’ll head to a double-header hosted by Lake Erie College (OH) February 18 and 19.
Ervin Leads Dressage Team at MSU (October 22-23, 2016)
With her win at Lower Training level during the first day of the Michigan State University double-header hosted at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, sophomore Shannon Ervin (Ortonville/Brandon) led the Briton team to a third place finish.
Leading off the team’s rides for the day was Ervin’s classmate Jessi Fore (Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee), who earned third place in her First Level test.
Coach Danielle Menteer said of her team, “There were improvements in the ability of the riders to adopt to their assigned horses and carry that from the warm-up into the show ring.”
The Briton dressage team will take a few weeks off between meets before they travel to the University of Findlay (OH) to compete on November 5.