Stock Seat Season Wraps Up at Semi-Finals (March 23-24, 2013)
Four Briton riders made it all the way to the IHSA Semi-Finals that were hosted by Oswego State University in Syracuse, New York, on March 23-24, 2013. These riders had qualified for the Regional Championships, and then came away as either Region Champion or Reserve Region Champion in their respective divisions to qualify to compete at the Semi-Finals in New York.
Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community), Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe), and Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) competed as individuals amongst some stiff competition. In the end, Petchell came away with a fifth place in Open Reining, and Weiss was awarded fifth place in Intermediate after making call-backs.
“It was a great year,” says team captain Pankratz, “and everybody rode the best they could with the draw they were given.”
Home Meet Clinches Region Win for Dressage Team (March 23, 2013)
The Albion dressage team hosted their final regular competition of the season on home turf at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center on March 23. By the end of the day, one team from the whole region was confirmed to go to IDA Nationals along with eight individual riders (two from each level). That team turned out to be Albion College, and three of those individual spots were filled by Albion riders as well.
Three Albion riders completed dressage tests with percentage scores in the 70’s. Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) drew one of her favorite mounts, Albion College Romulus, and together they secured an impressive 74.32% at First Level, also winning reserve high score for the day and winning their class. Megan Grobbel (Berlin/Armada) rode Albion College St. James to a 70% in Upper Training Level, and teammate Maggie-Mae White (South Lyon) rode Albion College Clare for a 70.63% in Introductory Level.
Other notable Albion placings included a second place for first-year student Emma Stapley (Rockford/Rockford), a third place for senior Ruthie Doering (Cadillac/Cadillac), and a fourth place for Stephanie Early (Watsonville, CA/Monte Vista Christian). At the end of the day, both of Albion’s teams were awarded Champion and Reserve Champion of the whole show (“B” team winning Champion, and the “A” team winning Reserve). These wins clinched the regional title for Albion College.
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals will take place at Mount Holyoke University in South Hadley, Mass., on April 26-28. Albion riders going to compete at Nationals are as follows:
- Paige Gustafson – individual and team (First Level)
- Alyssa Olson – team (Upper Training Level)
- Ruthie Doering – individual and team (Lower Training Level)
- Maggie-Mae White – individual and team (Introductory Level)
Charles de Kunffy Dressage Symposium
April 1-3, 2016
GLASS-ED Spring 2016 Symposium!
About Charles de Kunffy:
Mr. de Kunffy's expertise is much-appreciated and he is a popular clinician, a sought after dressage judge and a prolific author of several books and articles. He was born and raised in Hungary as a member of the nobility whose parents were eminent horse breeders with derby winning racehorses. Mr. de Kunffy started riding as a child, always under expert supervision and instruction. His riding masters were educated during the golden age of equitation 1900-1945. Cross-country riding, jumping and dressage were melded into one comprehensive riding theory and methodology. Mr. de Kunffy was schooled with the strictest adherence to classical training traditions based on scholarship and a profound respect for the horse. He was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/United States Dressage Federation's Hall of Fame in 2013.
Read more about Mr. de Kunffy HERE.
Albion College is pleased to welcome Charles de Kunffy for the sixth time after being very well received in June 2012, April & October 2013, and April & November 2014. We are excited to partner with GLASS-ED (Great Lakes Area Show Series - Educational Dressage) for this April 2016 symposium!
Registration and the first half of each day will be spent on the main campus of Albion College (Olin Hall room 112) where Mr. de Kunffy will host a thorough classroom discussion and theory session for riders and auditors. This is where he will cover various topics, answer questions, and offer up valuable visual demonstrations. Campus map may be found HERE.
During the lunch break, riders and auditors are able to enjoy a lovely lunch provided by Albion College. NOTE: The lunch will be an extra option for auditors in addition to program fee.
After lunch, the second half of each day will be spent in the Randi C. Heathman indoor arena at the Held Center where Mr. de Kunffy will teach six separate riding lessons (30 minutes each). This will demonstrate the practical application under saddle of the theories discussed in the morning sessions.
Auditor costs are outlined as follows:
- $45 single day
- $80 two days
- $110 all three days
- *Lunch option: $10 per day
- Student price for minors and college students (college students w/ ID): $10 per day
- Current Albion College students FREE
- GLASS-ED members: Discount of $5 single day, $7 two days, $10 all three days. GLASS-ED members, please make a note on your auditor application to receive the discount.
*Lunch option is in addition to the program fee. Registrants purchasing a lunch must do so by March 25th.
Seating will be provided for all pre-registered auditors for the theory sessions and lessons.
Pre-registration is advised as seating cannot be guaranteed for those not pre-registered.
Riders and horses of all levels and abilities are encouraged to apply. Rider applications must be received by March 7, and riders will be notified by March 10 of their status.
Rider costs are outlined as follows:
- $300 for single day
- $750 for all three days
Cost includes 30-minute lesson each day, participation for you and one groom in the morning theory sessions and auditing, lunch for you and one groom, stabling in permanent 12' x 12' matted stall with automatic waterer, bedding, stall cleaning and feeding.
The full weekend schedule can be found below:
Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities:
Are you interested in advertising your farm, business, horse for sale, etc. in our Symposium Program? Would you be interested in hanging a banner in the arena or have any other ideas for sponsoring this exciting event? Let us know!
The program will be 11" x 8.5" (horizontal) and there are spaces for full-page, half-page, or quarter-page ads. Prices apply to black & white or full color ads. Don't have an ad? Send your information to us and we can create it!
- Banner sponsorship: Your banner displayed in arena during the event + full page program ad = $100
- Full-page program ad 10" x 7.5" = $25
- Half-page program ad 5" x 7.5" = $15
- Quarter-page program ad 5" x 3.75" = $10
Ads and payment must be submitted no later than March 28. Send artwork to Carolyn Killewald at
. JPG or PDF files preferred.
USDF University credits (course #102568)
USDF University credit details will be available at the registration table. $5 per person. Bring your USDF member number. (For details about the USDF University program, vist the USDF website here.)
Recommended accommodations may be found here. Directions to the Held Equestrian Center may be found here.
Questions? Please contact the Held Center at 517/629.0838 or email