Equestrian Qualifies Duo For Regionals, Sets Numerous School Records in Season Opener

Equestrian Qualifies Duo For Regionals, Sets Numerous School Records in Season Opener

CORUNNA, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian team got out of the gates quickly in its 2017-18 season-opening weekend at the Saginaw Valley State University Stock Show held at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, qualifying two riders for regionals, earning High Point Team honors and High Point Rider.

"I'm happy with our performances over the course of the weekend's four shows," Adrian College coach Jody Prime, who enters her second season at the helm of the Bulldogs, said. "We have several new riders this season and they stepped right up to make their presence known. This team is a force to be reckoned with this year."

For the first time in school history, the stock team won High Point Team award in a field of nine schools during the Saturday afternoon show. On top of that first-place team finish, the Bulldogs produced 10 first-place ribbons individually. Senior Kelsey Suiter was named High Point Rider for two of the four shows. In addition, senior Christina Bitson and sophomore Morgan Langworthy qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Stock Regionals hosted by Michigan State University in February.

"Our team has never had a better start," stated senior Morgan Petriko. "We're such a strong team and I hope to see us have more regional qualifiers and even more team titles this season."

Saturday Morning Results--Team Finish, 3rd place
Morgan Langworthy 2nd Beginner horsemanship
Rebekah Wright 4th place Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Montana Whitehead 2nd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Morgan Petriko 6th Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Michaela Carrnevale 3rd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Ariel Anderson 5th Novice horsemanship
Christina Bitson 4th Advanced horsemanship
Skylar Scribner 2nd place Advanced horsemanship
Rachel Kanaziz 1st open horsemanship
Kelsey Suiter 2nd open horsemanship, 7th reining

Saturday Afternoon Results--Team Finish, 1st place
Kelsey suiter High point rider
Morgan Langworthy 6th Intermediate 1 horsemanship
Rebekah Wright 4th place Intermediate 2
Montana Whitehead 1st Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Morgan Petriko 3rd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Michaela Carrnevale Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Ariel Anderson 5th Novice horsemanship
Christina Bitson 3rd place Advanced horsemanship
Skylar Scribner 1st Advanced horsemanship
Rachel Kanaziz 2nd open horsemanship, 2nd reining
Kelsey Suiter 1st open horsemanship, 1st reining

Sunday Morning Results--Team Finish, 4th place
Kelsey Suiter Highpoint rider
Morgan Langworthy 2nd Intermediate 1 horsemanship
Rebekah Wright 4th place Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Montana Whitehead 3rd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Morgan Petriko 2nd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Michaela Carrnevale 6th Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Ariel Anderson 7th Novice horsemanship
Christina Bitson1st Advanced horsemanship
Skylar Scribner 1st Advanced horsemanship
Rachel Kanaziz 7th open horsemanship,
Kelsey Suiter 2nd open horsemanship, 1st reining

Sunday Afternoon Results--Team Finish, 5th place
Morgan Langworthy 2nd Intermediate 1 horsemanship
Rebekah Wright 4th place Intermediate 2
Montana Whitehead 1st Intermediate 2
Morgan Petriko 5th Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Michaela Carrnevale 2nd Intermediate 2 horsemanship
Ariel Anderson 7th Novice Horsemanship
Christina Bitson 3rd Advanced horsemanship
Skylar Scribner 2nd place Advanced horsemanship
Rachel Kanaziz 2nd open horsemanship, 5th reining
Kelsey Suiter 1st open horsemanship, 1st reining

Adrian returns to action on Sunday at the Western Michigan University Hunt Show in Augusta, Mich., held at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center.

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(Note: Photos provided)