Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
For the first time since Albion College began competing in the intercollegiate hunt seat arena 10 years ago, a Briton rider has qualified to compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships.
Dressage team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) was determined to make her third year at Albion also her third time to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships. And she met her goal by earning a wildcard spot to compete in the First Level division on April 12 in Danville, VA at the IDA Nationals hosted by Averett University.
Gustafson performed USEF First Level test 3 for the judges aboard an unfamiliar horse with 10 minutes of warm-up time. The result was a final score of 65.162 percent and an impressive third place finish.
Ten days later Gustafson won the perpetual trophy for the Albion College dressage team MVP, The George Halkett Dressage Award. Equestrian director and coach Danielle Menteer awarded her the trophy at the annual equestrian awards banquet.