Dressage Team Sweeps at Home

The Briton dressage team wasn't content to merely continue the unbeaten streak their "A" team had begun at the first meet of the season when they hosted their annual home meet on November 19.  Instead, they took their riding to a whole new level, sweeping not only the overall team award, but also winning both individual high-score awards.

dr_team_2011Victorious!  From L-R:  Samantha Green, Robin Todd, Paige Gustafson, Alyssa Olson, and coach Danielle Menteer."One of the riders from Central Michigan did the math and calculated that the chance of one team sweeping all of the top awards at a single meet was something like .001 percent," said coach Danielle Menteer.  "I was very proud of all of them."

Under the watchful eyes of FEI judge Sarah Michael '75, nine teams of riders faced off at the beginning of the day and, by the end, Albion's "A" team had seized a large lead to take the victory.  Albion's "B" team also had a strong showing, earning a fifth place finish.

Three-year team veteran Alyssa Olson (Clarkston/Clarkston) had the ride of her college career to-date, scoring just over 68 percent in the Lower Training division to take the individual high score award for the day.  Just behind her in the numbers race was first-year rider Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) in the Upper Training division, who finished as the reserve high-score rider.  Rounding out Albion's "A" team with wins of their own to seal the win were Robin Todd (Mill Valley, CA/Tamiscal) at First Level and Samantha Green (Algonac/Algonac) in the Introductory division.

Following the intercollegiate meet, judge Sarah Michael stayed on to oversee a small dressage schooling show put on by the Albion team as a fundraising event.  The high score award for the schooling show went to Phillipa Humphreys aboard LF Rhythm and Blues and reserve high point went to Albion's own Sarah Cocks, wife of history professor Geoffrey Cocks, riding Albion College Big Rapids.