Dressage Team Duels at Lake Erie College (February 16-17, 2013)
The Albion College dressage team traveled to Lake Erie College to compete in their second Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) doubleheader of the season on February 16-17, and they returned home with ribbons galore.
The first day of the show, team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) rode away Reserve Champion at First Level. Fellow teammate Gabi Angelini (Windsor, CT/Loomis-Chaffee) placed third in her Introductory class. Other Briton riders brought home placings in the top six as well, rounding out the day with a fourth place team finish for team “A” and ninth place finish for team “B.”
On the second day of competition, the Briton riders really stepped up to the plate. First year rider Maggie-Mae White (South Lyon) put forth a strong performance in the Introductory class and came out in first place and High Point Rider with an impressive 71.25 percent. Senior Ruthie Doering (Cadillac/Cadillac) also won her Lower Training class on Sunday. Strong performances resulted in third place finishes for Stephanie Early (Watsonville, CA/Monte Vista Christian), Megan Grobbel (Berlin/Armada), Emma Stapley (Rockford/Rockford), and again for Angelini.
By the end of Sunday, there was a three-way tie for first place between Albion team “A”, Lake Erie College team “A”, and Albion team “B.” Not bad to be the two out of three teams vying for first place!
The Albion dressage team will host their final pre-Nationals show on home turf at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center on March 23.
Stock Seat Riders 'Rein' at Regionals (February 10, 2013)
The Albion College stock seat team has much to be proud of after their regional championship show held on February 10 at the Michigan State University Pavilion. After battling it out with the other qualified riders of Zone 6 Region 4, in the end four Britons emerged as either regional champion or reserve champion which will send them through to the IHSA Semi-Finals.
Senior Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) won top honors as region champion of the Open Reining division, the highest class of all. Albion riders owned the Novice class with Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) taking champion and team co-captain Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe) was reserve champion. Both Lindsey Memering (White Lake/Milford) and Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) made it to the final round in the Intermediate II division, and Weiss came away as the reserve champion in the end.
The four riders will continue on the road to Nationals by competing at the IHSA Stock Seat Semi-Finals, which will be March 23 in Syracuse, New York.