Many Firsts for Briton Stock Seat Team (October 8 & 9, 2016)
It was a weekend full of firsts for the Briton stock seat team on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9:
- The first double-header meets of the new season.
- The debut for first-year coach Nathan Horsman.
- Albion’s first individual qualifier for IHSA Regionals in the spring - and the team’s first reserve high-point rider of the season.
Check them all off the list.
After getting off to a bit of a slow start during the double-header hosted by Saginaw Valley State University at the Midland County Fairgrounds on Saturday – a day nonetheless punctuated by strong showings in the Open division, including a win by Albion senior and team co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemens/Lutheran North) and seconds from sophomore Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, FL/Indian River) and junior Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) – the team bounced back from seventh and fourth place finishes to bring home back-to-back reserve championships at Sunday’s meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.
Junior team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) finished second in reining and earning the reserve high-point award for her rides in the Open division during the second half of the double-header on Sunday. The Grand Valley meet also allowed sophomore Shannon Ervin (Ortonville/Brandon) to secure the points necessary to represent Albion at Intermediate II at the IHSA Regional show.
Sunday’s meet also saw victories by several other Britons in their respective divisions – namely sophomore Philip Voglewede (Oxford, IN/Benton Central) in Intermediate, sophomore Tegan Barclay (Norton Shores/Muskegon Catholic Central) in Intermediate II, junior Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) in Novice, and another win for Viele in Open horsemanship. And backing up her strong showing from Saturday’s meet, Brueggeman snagged another second in reining while junior Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport) grabbed a second in the Advanced division.
Of the whirlwind weekend, Coach Horsman commented, “I enjoyed it and I like the challenge of coaching the students on horses I don’t know.”
The coach won’t have long to wait for the Britons’ next challenge – competition resumes Sunday, October 16 with a home meet co-hosted with Adrian College at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center.