It was the juniors from northern Michigan who led the Albion College stock seat team to their first victory of the 2011 season on Saturday, October 8. Chelsea Utt (Harbor Springs/Petoskey) won her reining class on the way to being named High Point rider for the first half of the Britons’ double-header at Saginaw Valley State and Elizabeth Petschar (Iron Mountain/Kingsford) took first in the walk-trot division to qualify for the IHSA regional show in the spring of 2012.
The Albion stock seat team is an even mix of returning riders, including last year’s IHSA Semi-Finals qualifier Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney), and first-year competitors, which gives coach Denise Webber a good feeling – particularly after they netted the win in the morning portion of Saturday’s competition. Though the Britons dropped to a fourth-place finish in the second half of the day’s competition, the season looks as though it’s shaping up to be a good one for Albion.
Next on the schedule is the home meet, hosted at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center on Albion’s campus this Saturday, October 15.