A two year hiatus from intercollegiate dressage competition did not hinder senior Kjirsten Sneed (Washburn, Wis./Washburn) at Albion's opening meet of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) season on October 16 and 17. In the double-header hosted by Michigan State University, Sneed led her team with two victories in the First Level division, securing the divisional lead individually in the region. She also achieved Saturday's high score of the show with a remarkable 75%.
"Having Kjirsten return to the team as a senior gives our team a solid, experienced leader to look to," coach Danielle Menteer said. "We have a lot of relatively inexperienced riders this year so she's able to mentor them."
In addition to returning riders Sarah Morris (South Lyon/South Lyon), Alyssa Olson (Clarkston/Clarkston), Nicole Howey (Brandon, SD/Brandon Valley) and Greer Clemons (Powell, OH/Olentangy), the team also fields new faces with first-year students Johnna Serydynski (Wood River Junction, RI/The Prout School) and Samantha Green (Algonac/Algonac). Transfer Nora Cox (Minneapolis, Minn./Home School) rounds out the roster, which Menteer says shows promise for future competitions as they continue to gel as a team.
Indeed, by the Sunday portion of the double-header, Albion's "A" team had come together enough to secure a second place team finish out of the eleven competing teams.
The Britons' next competition will be a home contest on November 20.