Sneed Qualifies for Dressage Nationals

Nicole Howey '13 salutes to begin her test at Lake Erie College.

In her final year of Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competition, senior team captain Kjirsten Sneed (Washburn, Wis./Washburn) set the bar so high early in the season that not even injury could keep her from qualifying for the national championship at the final regular season meet of the season on February 19.

Sneed rides at First Level, the highest of the four divisions in the IDA, and managed to earn the regional championship despite not competing at the last meet due to a broken wrist. As a team, the Britons finished fourth in the region.

Also gaining notable finishes were sophomore Alyssa Olson (Clarkston/Clarkston Senior) and first-year rider Samantha Green (Algonac/Algonac) who both finished fourth in the Lower Training and Introductory levels, respectively.

"It's really been a rebuilding year for us," said coach Danielle Menteer. "Riding in the collegiate format isn't easy but everyone on the team worked hard all season to master it."

The IDA national championship show will be hosted by the University of Florida on April 30 through May 1, 2011. Sneed's wrist is expected to be fully healed by then.