ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian team opened the 2016-17 season in fine fashion by qualifying three riders to regional competition.
Here's a synopsis of student-athletes' performances:
Junior Ariel Anderson qualified for regionals at the Saginaw Valley State University Stock Seat Show with a third-place last weekend. She also collected another third-place ribbon at the Grand Valley State University Stock Show the next day, which advanced her from the intermediate to the novice division. Anderson becomes a regional qualifier for the first time in her career, and is the first Bulldog this season to qualify.
Junior Rachel Kanaziz also qualified for the regionals at the GVSU Show. She emerged out of the advanced division and will now be competing at the open level. This marks the third time in three years that Kanaziz has qualified.
Newcomers Gabbi Novak and Morgan Langworthy competed in their very first horse shows, and they both brought home ribbons in all of their classes. They showed promise for the future and both proved to be great assets to the team's depth. Langworthy earned a second place in one of her classes while Novak had a consistent performance all weekend.
Christina Bitson, a junior, drew a few tough rides, but she did a nice job of showcasing the horse under difficult circumstances.
Sophomore Kari Klager contributed to the overall team points as the only open division rider at one show. Senior Nina Marano had solid rides all weekend.
Classmate Kelsey Suiter did well in each of her classes that were very competitive. In fact, she and Kanaziz teamed up to capture the top two spots in one of the toughest class splits against some of the best riders in their division.
As a team, the Bulldogs came in fifth place for overall points at the SVSU event.
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