ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian team is off to a hot start under the direction of first-year head coach Jaclynn Gray, who has put an indelible stamp on the program already after taking the reins in late July. To kick off the 2015-16 season, both the hunt and stock seats set school records for the best starts in Adrian history.
Hunt seat opened its season at Grand Valley State University at the Woodbine Equestrian Center in Chelsea for a doubleheader on Oct. 3.
Stock Seat set a record for bringing home the most first-place wins--a total of four, led by sophomore Rachel Kanaziz with two--in its season-opening show on Oct. 10 hosted by Saginaw Valley State University in Midland.
Hunt Seat set another record at its second show on Oct. 11 versus Western Michigan University at Mystic Marsh Farm in Delton for ending up fifth overall. That represents the highest ranking at a show in program history. Sophomore Morgan Leja had a first-place ribbon in over the fences competition, and freshman Madelyn Losier was runner-up in both over the fences and on the flat.
As a result, Hunt Seat is currently ranked fifth in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Zone 6, Region 4. And Stock Seat finished sixth overall at the last meet at Ferris State University on Saturday. Both marks represent the highest places in school history on both sides.
"This team has come in preseason practices and started with momentum, which has successfully carried into the show pen," Gray said. "My goal for this team this season is to be effective in the show pen, learn to make adjustments while in the show pen to finish their ride strong and show that horse to the best of their ability. I am excited to continue this season; we can only get better and continue it work hard as a team."
Oct. 10 Stock Seat Placings vs Saginaw Valley State
Ariel Anderson: 3rd
Kelsey Suiter: 4th,1st
Rachel Kanaziz: 1st, 1st
Sam Foster: 1st, 4th
Gabbi Glodich: 5th
Nina Marano: 4th, 4th
Joleen Cejmer: 3rd, 4th
Christina Bitson: 3rd, 4th
Oct. 11 Hunt Seat Placings vs Western Michigan
Eliza Simpkins: got injured
Taylor VanMaele: 2nd in Over Fences, 5th on the Flat
Morgan Leja: 1st in Over Fences, 3rd on the Flat
Madi Loiser: 2nd in Over Fences, 2nd on the Flat
Kari Klager: 3rd on the Flat
Lindsay Durdel: 4th on the Flat
Morgan Petriko: 3rd in Over Fences, 5th on the Flat
Oct. 17 Stock Seat vs. Ferris State
Nina Marano: 5th at AM Show, 2nd at PM Show
Christina Bitson: 4th at AM Show, 2nd at PM Show
Rachel Kanaziz: 1st at AM Show, 5th at PM Show
Sam Foster: 4th at AM Show, 5th at PM Show
Ariel Anderson: 5th at AM Show, 4th at PM Show
Kelsey Suiter: 4th at AM Show, 1st at PM Show
Joleen Cejmer: 4th at AM Show, 1st at PM Show
Gabbi Glodich: 4th at AM Show, 5th at PM Show
Adrian returns to competition next month with a Hunt Seat show at Michigan State University at the Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth Charter on Saturday, Nov. 14.