Stock Seat Double Double-Header Weekend: Part I

The IHSA stock seat teams of Zone 6 Region 4 came together on one (snowy) weekend to know out two double-header shows (that's right, four shows in two days!).

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Stock Seat Double Double-Header Weekend: Part I (November 21, 2015)

The IHSA stock seat teams of Zone 6 Region 4 came together on one (snowy) weekend to knock out two double-header shows (that’s right, four shows in two days!). Grand Valley State University played host on the first day at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta on November 21.

In the first half of the day, the Albion riders had notable finishes by sophomore Elliot Brinker (Livonia / Adlai E. Stevenson) in Intermediate I and co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) in Advanced, both of whom took first place. Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) - a transplant from last year’s dressage team – was happy to ride away with a second place finish in Intermediate II, as was Shannon Ervin (Ortonville / Brandon) with her second place win in her Intermediate II class. The team ended up in third place overall at the end of the morning show.

The afternoon presented Albion with more ribbons, with another first place awarded to Brinker going two for two with another win in Intermediate I. Many second place finishes included Ervin in Intermediate II again, Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, Fla. / Indian River) in Open, Margaret Alway (Ludington / Mason County Central) in Walk-Trot, and siblings Abby and Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, Ind. / Benton Central) in Intermediate II and Walk-Trot respectively. This also qualified Abby Voglewede for Regionals. The end of the day concluded with a sixth place team finish for Albion.

Stay tuned for Part II of the weekend with the Brits as co-hosts the following day!

Dressage Team Spends Halloween at University of Findlay

Halloween or not, Albion wasn't afraid to send its full dressage team south to the University of Findlay on October 31 and two first-year riders led the day. 

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Dressage Team Spends Halloween at University of Findlay (October 31, 2015)

Bria Flanagan at the University of Findlay.
Bria Flanagan at the University of Findlay.
Halloween or not, Albion wasn't afraid to send its full dressage team south to the University of Findlay on October 31 and two first-year riders led the day.

Bria Flanagan (Harrisburg, SD / Lincoln) came third in the Lower Training division and Skyler Campbell (Grand Rapids / Caledonia) snagged a fourth in Introductory to put the Briton A and Briton B teams on the scoreboard, but unfortunately their efforts couldn't boost the teams past their competitors and Albion finished in seventh and eighth place at the conclusion.

Were there an award for the most creative group costume, however, all teams present conceded that Albion easily took the win with its zoo-themed attire. Each rider sported a zoo animal headband and coach Danielle Menteer wore a baseball cap that announced her status as "World's Best Zookeeper."

Team co-captain Emma Stapley '16 said, "Everyone had so much fun cheering each other on and running around in zoo animal ears despite the fact that the show [itself] didn't go quite as well as we hoped in terms of placings."

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