Sandberg, Tonti to Move on to Semi-Finals (February 14, 2016)
Eleven riders from the Albion College stock seat team competed as individuals at the IHSA regional championships on February 14 at the MSU Pavilion, and two alumni riders representing Albion joined them as well.
After some very stiff competition, team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) was named region champion in the advanced division, and sophomore Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) won region champion in intermediate. Both riders will now move on to compete at the IHSA western semi-finals, which will be held in Moline, Ill. on March 19 and 20.
Albion alum Katie Petchell, '13 also swept her alumni reining division winning region champion. She will travel to compete at a separate IHSA western semi-finals location in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on March 19 and 20.
The results from the semi-finals competitions will determine if any Albion riders will go on to the IHSA national championships.
Mendina, Wayman Qualify for Regionals
Sienna Mendina and Sadie Wayman rode away with tickets to regionals in their divisions as Albion College was one of 10 hunt seat teams to gather at the final regular season show hosted by Grand Valley State University on Feb. 13.
Stapley Wins Overall High Score on Birthday (February 13, 2016)
Senior and team co-captain Emma Stapley (Rockford / Rockford) gave herself a birthday present by winning the high score at the February 13 show hosted by the University of Findlay.
The impressive 71.92 percent came after a tumultuous start to Stapley's test. It turned out that the judge had been given the wrong test, which was discovered after ringing the bell twice for what she initially assumed was Stapley going off course. After a long wait while the mix-up was corrected, Stapley was able to shake it off and not only secured first place in Upper Training level, but also the overall high score of the entire show.
First year student Jessi Fore (Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee) had a similar frustrating situation with her First level mount. Before her ride, her assigned horse was switched not only once but twice, and she ended up riding a horse that she had been unable to watch warm up. However she rallied and put together a very harmonious ride anyhow.
The Briton "A" team ended up in third place overall, and the "B" team finished in seventh place. Their next competition will be a double header on February 20 and 21 at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
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