In a nutshell, what do you do, and did Albion prepare you for the job?
I coordinate the import of horses into the United States from Europe, specifically Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and eastern European countries. I also assist in the export of horses from the United States to the Middle East and Europe. Albion played a big roll in preparing me for this job. Albion helped to facilitate my position at Horseflight.com through the study abroad program in Dresden, Germany where I was able to intern at the Sachsen Thueringen Horse Association. Through my internship at the association I was introduced to the manager at Horseflight.com and was later offered a job. Albion also helped me attain the skills and confidence to succeed.
What did it mean for you to be involved in equestrian activities at Albion?
My involvement at the equestrian center meant a great deal to me. My time at the Held Center was always a highlight to my day. I made many friends, was able to improve my riding skills, and it was a good break from class. I was part of the Albion hunt seat team and also took dressage lessons with Danielle Menteer. Both the equestrian team and the riding lessons helped me become a more confident rider and person overall.
What's your favorite equestrian memory?
My very first hunt seat team show was hosted by Western Michigan University, I won the first class I competed in. I remember reflecting back on my life at that moment and thinking that my dad would have been very proud of me. And as I was looking up into the sky, I knew he was smiling down at me from heaven.
Are you still active in equestrian life?
I am the luckiest person in the world! I get to work with horses almost everyday. One of my jobs at Horseflight is to greet the horses arriving to the U.S from Europe at John F. Kennedy airport; I also care for and exercise horses before they are flown to their various destinations. After work and on the weekends, I have the pleasure of riding and showing my horse. Horses are my passion. I couldn’t imagine life without them!
How did your Albion experience help you in your career?
I am glad to be an Albion graduate because it helped me become who I am today. The support and knowledge of my mentors, professors, riding instructors, and friends have helped me become a confident and forward-thinking individual. I can’t thank Albion enough for its dedication to me.
Dressage Team Spends Halloween at University of Findlay (October 31, 2015)
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."
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.
Zone Final Closes Hunt Seat Season
Two Albion riders were among the top regional contenders to compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone Finals on April 2.
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