Six More Stock Seat Riders Qualify for Regionals (January 17, 2016)
The Albion stock seat riders returned from winter break a few days early in order to compete at the double header show hosted by Michigan State on January 17 at the MSU Pavilion. At the end of the day, six more team members had secured spots at regional championships, bringing the total stock seat riders qualified to an impressive eleven.
The morning show proved to be successful for many Albion riders. First place finishes included Danielle Townsend (Springport / Springport) in advanced and Brooke Viele (Midland / Herbert Henry Dow) in open horsemanship. Many points were also brought in from the second places awarded to Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, Ind. / Benton Central) in beginner, Tegan Barclay (Norton Shores / Muskegon Catholic Central) and Bekah Jefvert (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) in intermediate, and team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) in advanced. The team wound up in fourth place at the end of the morning show.
Viele had another strong showing in her reining class, bringing home first place in the afternoon show. Shannon Ervin (Ortonville / Brandon) and Elliot Brinker (Livonia / Adlai E. Stevenson) both won second in intermediate, and Barclay brought home another second in intermediate as well. By the end of the day, the Britons had another fourth place team finish.
Also worth a mention are two IHSA alumni competitors from Albion College, Katie Petchell and Megan McNeil. Both riders have qualified for regionals in both open horsemanship and reining, and they have a strong chance (50%) of moving on from there to semi-finals.
The IHSA regional stock seat championships will be February 14 at the MSU Pavilion.
Stock Seat Double Double-Header Weekend: Part II (November 22, 2015)
After a long day of competition on Saturday, the Albion stock seat riders returned on Sunday, November 22, to the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center to co-host a double header show with Adrian College, Hillsdale College, and Central Michigan University.
Members of the Albion hunt seat and dressage teams came out to lend lots of help with the show. Senior Camille Sawicki (Jenison / Jenison) brought home the win in both of her Intermediate II classes. Brooke Viele (Midland / Herbert Henry Dow) won second place in Reining and first place in Open. Sophomore Danielle Townsend (Springport / Springport) won first and second places in her Novice classes.
Second place finishers of the day also included team co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons / Lutheran North) in Advanced, Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, Fla. / Indian River) in Open, Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) in Intermediate II, and Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, Ind. / Benton Central) in Walk-Trot.
The Albion team rode away as reserve champions during the morning show, and they won fourth place for the afternoon show. Many Albion riders also qualified for Regionals, including Townsend, Sawicki, Kate Sears (Ann Arbor / Ann Arbor-Huron), and Ashley Shepard (Eaton Rapids / Olivet).
The next stock seat competition will be at the end of winter break on January 17 hosted by Michigan State University.
Stock Seat Double Double-Header Weekend: Part I (November 21, 2015)
The IHSA stock seat teams of Zone 6 Region 4 came together on one (snowy) weekend to knock out two double-header shows (that’s right, four shows in two days!). Grand Valley State University played host on the first day at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta on November 21.
In the first half of the day, the Albion riders had notable finishes by sophomore Elliot Brinker (Livonia / Adlai E. Stevenson) in Intermediate I and co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) in Advanced, both of whom took first place. Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) - a transplant from last year’s dressage team – was happy to ride away with a second place finish in Intermediate II, as was Shannon Ervin (Ortonville / Brandon) with her second place win in her Intermediate II class. The team ended up in third place overall at the end of the morning show.
The afternoon presented Albion with more ribbons, with another first place awarded to Brinker going two for two with another win in Intermediate I. Many second place finishes included Ervin in Intermediate II again, Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, Fla. / Indian River) in Open, Margaret Alway (Ludington / Mason County Central) in Walk-Trot, and siblings Abby and Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, Ind. / Benton Central) in Intermediate II and Walk-Trot respectively. This also qualified Abby Voglewede for Regionals. The end of the day concluded with a sixth place team finish for Albion.
Stay tuned for Part II of the weekend with the Brits as co-hosts the following day!
Briton Stock Seat Riders Maintain Third Place in Region (October 17, 2015)
The Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, Mich. played host to ten stock seat teams from IHSA Zone 6, Region 4 on October 17, and the Albion Britons came away with two more third place team finishes to maintain their third place standing in the region.
Senior Camille Sawicki (Jenison/Jenison) continued the wave of success she built in the first competition of the season when she won in the intermediate division and pointed up into intermediate II, also qualifying her for regionals. Also helping the Britons to their strong finish was open rider Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) who finished as the reserve high point rider in the morning show.
Other intermediate division wins came from sophomores Elliot Brinker (Livonia/Adlai E. Stevenson) in intermediate I and Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) in intermediate II.
The alumni division also saw strong performances from Katie Petchell ’13 (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) and Megan McNeil ’15 (Onondaga/Jackson Christian), who each won a section of alumni reining. McNeil was also victorious in alumni horsemanship during the morning show.
Next up for the Briton stock seat team is a double-header hosted by Grand Valley State University on November 21.