Alongside co-hosts from Adrian College, the Briton stock seat team welcomed seven other IHSA teams from the Michigan region to the Held Equestrian Center on October 16 to compete in Albion’s first home meet since the renovation of the Randi C. Heathman Indoor Arena. At the end of the day, strong performances across the board allowed the Briton riders to finish as reserve champions in the second half of the Sunday double-header.
Leading the way was sophomore Phillip Voglewede (Oxford, IN/Benton Central), who qualified for IHSA Regionals with a win at Intermediate level, followed closely by classmate Tegan Barclay (Norton Shores/Muskegon Catholic Central), who punched her ticket to Regionals at Intermediate II.
The Open-level Briton riders faced steep competition in horsemanship and reining, with sophomore Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, FL/Indian River) snagging a fourth place finish in the morning reining class followed by a third in the afternoon and a second by senior team co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemens/Lutheran North) in horsemanship.
Junior Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport) boosted Albion’s score with a win in Advanced horsemanship and sophomore Shannon Ervin (Ortonville/Brandon) won her section of Novice en route to the Britons’ afternoon reserve championship. Their victories were further supported by second place finishes by Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) and Rebekah Barthel (Freeland/Freeland) in Novice and first-year student Sydney Walker (Chesterfield/L’Anse Creuse High North) in walk-trot.
The Albion stock seat team will now spend the rest of the fall semester training under the watchful eyes of first-year coach Nathan Horsman before returning to action at Michigan State University on January 15, 2017.
Many Firsts for Briton Stock Seat Team (October 8 & 9, 2016)
It was a weekend full of firsts for the Briton stock seat team on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9:
- The first double-header meets of the new season. - The debut for first-year coach Nathan Horsman. - Albion’s first individual qualifier for IHSA Regionals in the spring - and the team’s first reserve high-point rider of the season.
Check them all off the list.
After getting off to a bit of a slow start during the double-header hosted by Saginaw Valley State University at the Midland County Fairgrounds on Saturday – a day nonetheless punctuated by strong showings in the Open division, including a win by Albion senior and team co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemens/Lutheran North) and seconds from sophomore Molly Brueggeman (Vero Beach, FL/Indian River) and junior Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) – the team bounced back from seventh and fourth place finishes to bring home back-to-back reserve championships at Sunday’s meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.
Junior team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) finished second in reining and earning the reserve high-point award for her rides in the Open division during the second half of the double-header on Sunday. The Grand Valley meet also allowed sophomore Shannon Ervin (Ortonville/Brandon) to secure the points necessary to represent Albion at Intermediate II at the IHSA Regional show.
Sunday’s meet also saw victories by several other Britons in their respective divisions – namely sophomore Philip Voglewede (Oxford, IN/Benton Central) in Intermediate, sophomore Tegan Barclay (Norton Shores/Muskegon Catholic Central) in Intermediate II, junior Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) in Novice, and another win for Viele in Open horsemanship. And backing up her strong showing from Saturday’s meet, Brueggeman snagged another second in reining while junior Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport) grabbed a second in the Advanced division.
Of the whirlwind weekend, Coach Horsman commented, “I enjoyed it and I like the challenge of coaching the students on horses I don’t know.”
The coach won’t have long to wait for the Britons’ next challenge – competition resumes Sunday, October 16 with a home meet co-hosted with Adrian College at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center.
Britons Give Solid Performance at IHSA Semi Finals (March 19-20, 2016)
Albion's pair of IHSA Regional champion western riders traveled to Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois over the weekend of March 19 and 20 to pit their skills against the champions of other IHSA regions and try for a chance at the IHSA National Championship show.
In the Intermediate division, sophomore Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Churchill) finished fifth in her horsemanship class, while classmate and teammate Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) competed in Advanced horsemanship with an identical result.
Meanwhile, Albion's alumni division regional standout Katie Petchell '13 traveled to a separate Semi Final show at Middle Tennessee State University, where she finished fifth in Alumni Reining.
The Britons' post-season results came as Tonti and Sandberg received recognition from the IHSA for their achievements in the classroom as well; the sophomores were both named to the IHSA All-Academic teams for the 2015-2016 school year.
Sandberg, Tonti to Move on to Semi-Finals (February 14, 2016)
Eleven riders from the Albion College stock seat team competed as individuals at the IHSA regional championships on February 14 at the MSU Pavilion, and two alumni riders representing Albion joined them as well.
After some very stiff competition, team co-captain Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake / Spring Lake) was named region champion in the advanced division, and sophomore Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) won region champion in intermediate. Both riders will now move on to compete at the IHSA western semi-finals, which will be held in Moline, Ill. on March 19 and 20.
Albion alum Katie Petchell, '13 also swept her alumni reining division winning region champion. She will travel to compete at a separate IHSA western semi-finals location in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on March 19 and 20.
The results from the semi-finals competitions will determine if any Albion riders will go on to the IHSA national championships.