Britons Give Solid Performance at IHSA Semi Finals

Albion's pair of IHSA Regional champion western riders traveled to Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois over the weekend of March 19 and 20 to pit their skills against the champions of other IHSA regions and try for a chance at the IHSA National Championship show.

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Britons Give Solid Performance at IHSA Semi Finals (March 19-20, 2016)

Tonti riding at Semi Finals.
Tonti riding at Semi Finals.

Albion's pair of IHSA Regional champion western riders traveled to Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois over the weekend of March 19 and 20 to pit their skills against the champions of other IHSA regions and try for a chance at the IHSA National Championship show.

In the Intermediate division, sophomore Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) finished fifth in her horsemanship class, while classmate and teammate Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) competed in Advanced horsemanship with an identical result.

Meanwhile, Albion's alumni division regional standout Katie Petchell '13 traveled to a separate Semi Final show at Middle Tennessee State University, where she finished fifth in Alumni Reining.

The Britons' post-season results came as Tonti and Sandberg received recognition from the IHSA for their achievements in the classroom as well; the sophomores were both named to the IHSA All-Academic teams for the 2015-2016 school year.

Solid Final Show for Dressage Team

The final weekend of competition for the Briton dressage team was a double header show hosted by Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on February 20 and 21.

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Solid Final Show for Dressage Team (February 20-21, 2016)

The final weekend of competition for the Briton dressage team was a double header show hosted by Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on February 20 and 21. Though there was only room for six of the eight riders to compete over the weekend, Albion was still able to rack up enough points to finish in third place both days and end the season as the third place team in the region.

First year Skye Campbell (Grand Rapids / Caledonia) won second place in her Introductory level class with an impressive 65.9 percent test. Campbell was named regional reserve champion at Intro level, which also makes her eligible for a wild card spot at IDA Nationals, though these spots cannot be officially filled until later when all the regions complete their regular season shows.

Albion riders were also able to compete for the first time in the dressage seat equitation classes, which is a new offering for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association. The first year students reigned supreme again, with Kendra Gembala (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) winning second in First/Upper, and Bria Flanagan (Harrisburg, S.D. / Lincoln) with second in Lower.

Though a handful of the Briton riders fought a stomach bug over the course of the weekend, they still pulled it together for a successful show. Coach Danielle Menteer had this to say about the weekend:  “Everyone worked really hard and was in high spirits. We also really appreciated the efficient, well managed, snafu-free show that LEC put on. It made the weekend quite enjoyable.”

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