Regionals Wraps Up Stock Seat Season (February 15, 2015)
There were 10 Albion riders that qualified to compete in five of the six divisions offered at the IHSA stock seat Region 4 Championships. Competition was tough at the show, which was held at the Michigan State University livestock pavilion on February 15, but the Briton riders sat tall and held their heads high throughout the day.
Top finishers included Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow), Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine), and Megan McNeil (Onondaga / Jackson Christian), who all earned fourth place ribbons in their divisions. McNeil also picked up a sixth place in the open reining division. Morgan Carey (Hemlock / Saint Charles Community) and Kristine Mussell (Midland / H.H. Dow) also finished in sixth place.
Nine other colleges had riders competing at Regionals, and coach Denise Webber says that she felt victorious just by having so many Albion riders qualify. “I am so proud of my team in every aspect – from the way they dressed to the way they rode,” says Webber. “They were great sportsmen and I’m so proud of them. Even though they did not make it to Semi-Finals, they are still champions to me.”
High Score Win for Regen Again (February 14, 2015)
The dressage team traveled to the University of Findlay on February 14 to compete against nine teams. Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn. / Hillsboro) led the team with an impressive score of 74 percent, which not only won him first place in his class but also the individual high score of the whole competition.
Teammates Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, MA / St. Thomas Acquinas) and Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills / International Academy) both took home third place ribbons. First-year student Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) rode to a fourth place finish in her class. The Albion team A finished as reserve champions overall, and team B finished in fifth place.
The Britons’ next competition will be a double-header at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio on February 21 and 22. This will be their final regular season competition.
Johanna Schulte, '15
Johanna exemplifies the type of student that has their hands in a little bit of everything. "Albion College focuses on the student as an individual, and gives you a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus," she says. Like a lot of other students, Johanna came to Albion because of the small class sizes and the opportunities she would be given to develop strong relationships with professors and faculty.
As President of Student Senate, a member of the Ford Institute, and part of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, Pre-Law Chapter (just to name a few), Johanna has taken on several leadership roles that have been at the forefront of her college experience. "Albion has prepared me for life after college by offering me opportunities to take leadership positions that will foster specific skills. For me, it was public and motivational speaking," she says.
Johanna demonstrated her potential by speaking at the maquette unveiling for the Ford Institute, which included an event on campus, as well as an event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. "I focused my speech on President Ford's connection to Albion College, and I also had the opportunity to introduce President Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales," which is an honor that she doesn't feel she would have gotten elsewhere. "Albion has made me a better public speaker, which is a skill that is invaluable."
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