EAST LANSING, Mich.--Adrian College equestrian completed its stock team season over the weekend here at the Michigan State University Pavilion. And the Bulldogs did it in style, producing a school-record four riders to the regionals next month.
In the last show to acquire qualifying points to earn a berth to the regional, junior Nina Marano, sophomores Rachel Kanaziz, Sam Foster, and freshman Kelsey Suiter stamped their ticket to the postseason show. Sophomore Christina Bitson was just one point shy of advancing.
The regionals will be held Sunday, Feb 14th at noon, returning to the MSU Horse Pavilion.
The Stock team had 10 horse shows to complete its season, recording the best in the history of the program at Adrian with high placings and four regional qualifiers.
Suiter earned first place in the Novice Horsemanship AM show, advancing to the PM show where she finished second overall.
Kanaziz was first in the Advanced Horsemanship AM show and second in the Advanced PM show. She was joined by Foster who was fourth in the former and fifth in the latter.
Bitson took second place in the Novice Horsemanship AM show and sixth overall in the PM show, agonizingly one point of becoming the fifth AC regional qualifier.
Marano claimed fourth in both the AM show and PM show for the Novice Horsemanship.
Freshman Joleen Cejmer captured fourth place in the Advanced AM show and fifth in the PM.
Gabi Glodich, a senior, placed fifth in the Intermediate Horsemanship AM show and sixth in the Intermediate Horsemanship PM show.
"This season has been a transitional year for the program. We are getting our name out there and showing people the pride we take in this program and how these girls continue to better themselves as equestrians," Adrian first-year coach Jaclynn Gray said. "As a team, the mentality has been to be a better horseman and how to be effective in the pen to show the horse to the best of their ability.
"As this season comes to an end, I could not be more proud of these girls and their dedication they have maintained not just in the ring, or at the barn, but in the classroom and on campus. These girls are hungry to be the best riders in the region and I have no doubt that next season they will be making history again."
Gray added: "While we have four weeks to go to regionals, we have lots of work to do and we will take the time to make sure we are extra-prepared and (that) we have even more momentum for Feb 14th at MSU."
The Hunt seat program ends its regular season next weekend at the University of Michigan, Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth.