IDA Nationals Caps Successful Season for Albion Dressage (April 27-28, 2013)
Riders and teams from all over the country that compete within the Intercollegiate Dressage Association converged at Mount Holyoke University in South Hadley, Mass., on April 27-28 for the IDA National Championships. This year Albion College qualified to send a team of four riders, with three of those riders also competing as individuals.
At the end of the first day of competition, the team standings put Albion College into the top ten with a respectable ninth place finish.
Individual competition commenced on the second day, and Albion riders again proved their ability to perform under pressure. Team captain and sophomore Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) came out with a ninth place finish in First Level. Senior Ruthie Doering (Cadillac/Cadillac) secured seventh place in Lower Training Level, and first year rider Maggie-Mae White (South Lyon) pulled off a fourth place in Introductory Level.
The Albion College dressage team had dedicated their season to former teammate and classmate Samantha Christine Green, who passed away suddenly in June 2012. Her memory certainly gave the team a strong reason to show their Briton strength.
Hunt Seat Team Makes Debut at Zone Championships
For the first time in Albion College history, the hunt seat team was champion of its region which qualified them to compete as a team at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 6 Championships in Morgantown, W. Va., on April 6.
Stock Seat Season Wraps Up at Semi-Finals
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.
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.”