Breakout Performances Lead Equestrian Hunt Seat Team at Michigan State

Senior Morgan Petriko, left, and junior Morgan Pearce continued their terrific riding this season with three first-place ribbons combined at the Michigan State Hunt Seat Show. (Photo provided)
Senior Morgan Petriko, left, and junior Morgan Pearce continued their terrific riding this season with three first-place ribbons combined at the Michigan State Hunt Seat Show. (Photo provided)

PLYMOUTH, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian hunt seat team traveled here to Willowbrooke Farm over the weekend, when the Bulldogs competed in the Michigan State University-hosted event. Adrian finished the two-day show in 10th place out of 14 teams.

Saturday's highlights included senior Morgan Petriko and junior Morgan Pearce both placing first in their respective events. Petriko won the intermediate hunter seat equitation while Pearce claimed the walk trot hunter seat equitation. The victories also meant the duo's first in a sanctioned Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) event. Junior Alana Pastula improved from seventh to sixth in the walk trot canter hunter seat equitation, and Petriko was only one place shy of forcing a high-point rider ride-off.

"Achieving this accomplishment midway through the season shows how much I've been improving and also how much improving there still needs to be done," said Petriko. "There's still a lot more to accomplish before I graduate."

On Sunday, the team ended up 10th out of 14 schools. Pastula improved again in the walk trot canter hunter seat equitation, upping her placement to fourth. Junior Brandi Hawkins also jumped two spots to fourth in the walk trot canter hunter seat equitation and Pearce earned her second walk trot hunter seat equitation title.

Hawkins stated: "After a few meets I am finally getting the hang (of the) program and competing, and now I just have to focus on a few things to improve on by the next show." She is in her first season as a member of the squad.

Saturday's Results:
Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 4th Intermediate hunter seat equitation over fences

Equitation (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 1st Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Michaela Carnevale 7th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Kari Klager 6th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Rebekah Wright 6th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Brandi Hawkins 6th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Pastula 6th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Vanessa Wandel 4th Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Morgan Pearce 1st Walk trot hunter seat Equitation

Sunday's Results:
Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 4th Intermediate hunter seat equitation over fences

Equitation (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 7th intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Michaela Carnevale 7th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Kari Klager 7th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Rebekah Wright 5th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Brandi Hawkins 4th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Pastula  4th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Vanessa Wandel 7th Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Morgan Pearce 1st Walk trot hunter seat Equitation

Adrian is idle this weekend, but returns to the pen on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the Albion College Hunt Show.

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