Consistent Wins by Tonti at Dressage Double-Header (October 18-19, 2014)
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association season opened up with a two-day double-header hosted by Michigan State University on October 18 and 19. Five Albion College school horses were brought along to be used in the draw, so the six Albion riders juggled caring for the horses and competing twice throughout the weekend.
Although first timers to the IDA arena, both junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) and freshman Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) dominated with their scores on Saturday. Regen won first place in Upper Training and captured the high percentage of the day, and Tonti (who also won her Introductory class) followed with the reserve high percentage. Tonti then came back on Sunday to score an impressive 72 percent and snag the high score of the day.
Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas), who along with Regen compete on the Albion hunt seat team as well, scored a big win in her First level class on Sunday. Other notable rides include a fourth place by captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) at First level, and Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) who also won fourth in Upper Training level.
In the end, the Albion A and B teams came away with second, third, fifth, and eighth place ribbons, and are off to a strong start.
Double Wins at Home Show
Albion College's stock seat team hosted their home show on October 18, and it turned out to be a day of firsts!
Three More Riders Qualify for Regionals
Thirteen teams gathered for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association hunt seat show hosted by Western Michigan University on Oct. 11.
Double Wins at Home Show (October 18, 2014)
Albion College’s stock seat team hosted their home show on October 18, and it turned out to be a day of firsts! For the first time, the home show was held at coach Denise Webber’s farm, Nottawa Paint Horses, as the Held Center is currently undergoing construction on its indoor arena. The Albion team won first place overall (out of 10 teams total) at both shows of the double-header, also becoming the first time the Brits won both the AM and the PM shows on home turf.
Senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) led the team with her winning ride in Reining, achieving first place and the high point rider award for the AM show. Sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow) took home two first places in Novice, and co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) won first place in Novice.
Other big wins came from first year riders Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) and Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) in Advanced and Intermediate II respectively.
The gracious host and coach Denise Webber was thrilled with how the team did and says she is very proud to be their coach. “Two wins and one high point rider means three out of four possible big ribbons went home with Albion,” she says. “Go Albion!”