The stock seat team opened their season strong with two third-place team finishes at the Saginaw Valley State meet on October 10 at the Midland County Fairgrounds.
Eleven teams contested the first meet of the year for the teams in IHSA Zone 6, Region 4 and Albion was led by senior Camille Sawicki (Jenison/Jenison), who won the intermediate I division in both the morning and the afternoon shows. She was assisted by a win by team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) in the advanced division and by sophomore Ashley Shepard (Eaton Rapids/Olivet), who won her section of intermediate II in the afternoon show.
In the alumni division, former IHSA national qualifier Katie Petchell '13 (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) proved that she hasn't lost a step when she won the alumni reining class.
The Briton stock seat riders will be in action next at the Ferris State University double-header on October 17.
Regionals Wraps Up Stock Seat Season (February 15, 2015)
There were 10 Albion riders that qualified to compete in five of the six divisions offered at the IHSA stock seat Region 4 Championships. Competition was tough at the show, which was held at the Michigan State University livestock pavilion on February 15, but the Briton riders sat tall and held their heads high throughout the day.
Top finishers included Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow), Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine), and Megan McNeil (Onondaga / Jackson Christian), who all earned fourth place ribbons in their divisions. McNeil also picked up a sixth place in the open reining division. Morgan Carey (Hemlock / Saint Charles Community) and Kristine Mussell (Midland / H.H. Dow) also finished in sixth place.
Nine other colleges had riders competing at Regionals, and coach Denise Webber says that she felt victorious just by having so many Albion riders qualify. “I am so proud of my team in every aspect – from the way they dressed to the way they rode,” says Webber. “They were great sportsmen and I’m so proud of them. Even though they did not make it to Semi-Finals, they are still champions to me.”
Final Regular Season Show for Stock Seat Team (January 18, 2015)
The Briton stock seat riders returned a few days early from winter break in order to compete at the double-header show hosted by Michigan State University on January 18. Ten teams competed in this final regular season show, and in the end the Albion team came away in fourth place in the morning show and third place in the afternoon show.
There were many notable finishes, including the following:
1st place: Morgan Carey (open and reining), Kristine Mussell (novice), and Danielle Townsend (novice). 2nd place: Megan Winkler (walk-trot), Taylor Sandberg (novice x 2), Brooke Viele (advanced), Elle Root (open and reining), Morgan Carey (open), Allison Voorhess (advanced), and Heather Conner (intermediate II). 3rd place: Kate Sears (novice), Kristine Mussell (novice), Elle Root (open), Megan McNeil (open), and Abby Voglewede (intermediate II).
A main highlight was that two more riders qualified to compete at the Regional Championships. Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow) and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine) will join the other eight Albion team members who will vie at Regionals to go onto compete at Semi-Finals from there. Regionals will be held on February 15 at the Michigan State University pavilion.
Sandberg Clinches Double Wins and Regionals Spot (November 22, 2014)
Nine teams came to compete in a double-header show hosted by Ferris State University on November 22 at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta. The Albion College stock seat riders wound up as reserve high point team in the morning and third place in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, five more Albion women cemented spots at the IHSA regional championships, which will take place in the spring semester: senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/ Lutheran North), and freshmen Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) and Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport).
The morning blue ribbon winners included Sandberg, Townsend, and sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow). Sandberg had another win in the afternoon, as did co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena).