Britons Celebrate Regional Championship
February 9-10, 2013
The final show of the regular season was the icing on the cake for the Albion College varsity Hunt Seat team's successful season. Coach Randi Gardner and her students rode away as the champions of the entire region at the doubleheader hosted on home turf at the Held Equestrian Center on February 9-10.
Briton Dressage Team Dominates at Michigan State University (October 27-28, 2012)
Briton dressage was a force to be reckoned with during the doubleheader Intercollegiate Dressage Association show hosted by Michigan State University on October 27-28. Many of the riders gained some valuable ground towards qualifying for IDA Nationals.
On Saturday, the Albion “A” team was awarded first place led by senior Ruthie Doering (Cadillac/Cadillac). Doering won her Lower Training level class and was named Reserve High Score Champion for the whole day.
The second day of competition was heavily dominated by Albion riders. Doering again won her Lower Training level class. First-year student Gabriela Angelini (Windsor, CT/Loomis-Chaffee) tied with fellow teammate Maggie-Mae White (South Lyon) for first place in the Introductory level. Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) was happy to draw one of the Albion horses on Sunday. Riding “Albion College Romulus” she won first place at First level and was awarded Reserve High Score Champion for the day.
The Albion College “A” team won second place overall on Sunday, while the Albion “B” team took home first place.
“I could not be more proud of my girls,” says Gustafson. “We had a very successful weekend, and we rode it all the way through. It was a great start to the season, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.”
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Memering and Petchell Clinch Regional Spots at Final Regular Season Show (January 13, 2013)
Members of the Briton stock seat team returned early from their winter break to compete at the final show of the season before Regionals. The double header, hosted by Michigan State University, was held at the MSU Pavilion on January 13. While the team came away with a third and fourth place, there were quite a few Albion riders that returned with Champion and Reserve individual ribbons.
Senior Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) was especially happy to wrap up the season by securing her spot at Regionals in both the Open riding and reining. Her second place in Open and first place in reining made Petchell the Reserve Grand Champion rider for the whole show. Teammate Lindsey Memering (White Lake/Milford) also won her Intermediate II class which confirmed her points to qualify for Regionals as well.
The Advanced division was dominated by Albion riders as well. Sophomores Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) and Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian) both placed first in their Advanced divisions, as did first-year student Jennifer Fifield (Oxford/Oxford).
There was some excitement in the air when senior Chelsea Utt (Harbor Springs/Petoskey) won first place in Open reining and then fourth place in Open riding, which Memqualified her for a three-way ride-off. Utt came away with the Reserve Grand Champion rider.
The IHSA Stock Seat Regional Championships will take place on February 10 at the Michigan State University Pavilion. Ten Albion College stock seat riders will contend at Regionals to vie for coveted spots at the Semi-Finals from there.