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.
Big Win for Hunt Seat Team
The Briton hunt seat team came back strong from winter break, riding away as the champion high point team with their first competition weekend of 2016.
Six More Stock Seat Riders Qualify for Regionals (January 17, 2016)
The Albion stock seat riders returned from winter break a few days early in order to compete at the double header show hosted by Michigan State on January 17 at the MSU Pavilion. At the end of the day, six more team members had secured spots at regional championships, bringing the total stock seat riders qualified to an impressive eleven.
The morning show proved to be successful for many Albion riders. First place finishes included Danielle Townsend (Springport / Springport) in advanced and Brooke Viele (Midland / Herbert Henry Dow) in open horsemanship. Many points were also brought in from the second places awarded to Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, Ind. / Benton Central) in beginner, Tegan Barclay (Norton Shores / Muskegon Catholic Central) and Bekah Jefvert (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) in intermediate, and team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) in advanced. The team wound up in fourth place at the end of the morning show.
Viele had another strong showing in her reining class, bringing home first place in the afternoon show. Shannon Ervin (Ortonville / Brandon) and Elliot Brinker (Livonia / Adlai E. Stevenson) both won second in intermediate, and Barclay brought home another second in intermediate as well. By the end of the day, the Britons had another fourth place team finish.
Also worth a mention are two IHSA alumni competitors from Albion College, Katie Petchell and Megan McNeil. Both riders have qualified for regionals in both open horsemanship and reining, and they have a strong chance (50%) of moving on from there to semi-finals.
The IHSA regional stock seat championships will be February 14 at the MSU Pavilion.
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