ALBION, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian squad continued to turn in terrific performances during the Adrian Bulldogs Show, the program co-hosted here with Albion College on Saturday and Sunday.
The following are the horsemanship placings for each student-athlete with the first placing for the morning show and the second figure denoting the afternoon show (in parentheses): Ariel Anderson (3rd, 6th); Christina Bitson (4th, 5th); Rachel Kanaziz (6th in Horsemanship/6th Reining, 2nd Horsemanship/5th Reining); Kari Klager (3rd, 6th); Morgan Langworthy (1st, 1st); Nina Marano (5th, 3rd); Gabbi Novak (2nd, 2nd); and Kelsey Suiter (3rd, 2nd).
Langworthy led the way with two first places while Novak had a pair of runner-up shows.
The following is a synopsis of each rider's performance over the weekend...
Anderson, who is a junior, rode well. The horses she drew were not ideal, but she honed in on her horsemanship skills and maintained her composure.
Classmate Bison enjoyed more consistent rides this weekend. She worked hard to make each horse perform at the height of its ability, and although the judges didn't reward her as much as they could have, she was able to put a great ride on each of the horses she was given.
Also a junior, Kanaziz competed for the first time in the Open division while making AC history as the first Bulldog to enter Reining. Her first reining class went well with only one major penalty fault. In the second reining class, the first horse she rode misbehaved so she was given a different horse to perform a re-ride. For the afternoon show, she was in a three-way ride-off for the Reserve High Point Rider Award--again making program history as the first in contention for this honor. Despite falling just shy earning the award, it was a very competitive position and "a very reputable honor," she said.
Klager, a sophomore, had a nice performance as well. She rode with relative ease throughout the day, but the judges seemed to overlook her efforts.
Langworthy had phenomenal rides, easily winning both of her classes. Following last weekend's show, she came into the Albion show pen knowing exactly what she wanted and how she was going to achieve it. She was excited to have the skillset needed to showcase her abilities in front of the judges.
Marano, a junior, drew the same horse for the morning and afternoon show, and she learned from her first ride to have a terrific second one. She came into her second class ready to perform and the judge definitely rewarded her with solid scoring.
Novak stayed near the top of her class in both performances, showing definite improvements from the previous weekend. With continued improvements in the competition pen, she is well on her way claiming the top spot in each of classes on a consistent basis. One of the takeaways from her weekend was that despite a few minor errors, she was able to fix them and convince the judge of her capabilities.
Suiter, who is a sophomore, also found her niche near the top of her class. Despite the tough competitors she faced, Kelsey worked to showcase her skills and she had pleasing performances.
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