Kari Klager's Regional Qualification Lead the Bulldogs at Kalamazoo College

Photo courtesy of Ashley Butler
Photo courtesy of Ashley Butler
LAWRENCE, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian team took 10th place over the weekend at the Kalamazoo College Hunt Show held at Cedar Lodge. Junior Kari Klager paced the Bulldogs with two first-place finishes in the novice hunter seat Equitation on the flat to yield regional qualification. More details to come later...
 
"These past few weekends have really shown all my hard work pay off," said Klager. "I'm excited to be able to get to go to regionals again and I hope to improve with a second shot at it."
 
The team faced tough performances on Saturday when they completed the first day in 11th place, but individual rider improvements on Sunday boosted the Bulldogs up a place for 10th in the end.
 
"This isn't an easy sport," stated senior Morgan Petriko. "We have to trust a horse we've never ridden before and sometimes its not an easy task. This show showed us a lot about what we need to work on and I hope to see improvements throughout this season."
 
"This was a huge weekend for improvements," newcomer Morgan Pearce added. "From my first show ever last weekend to the show this weekend, I was able to feel confident in the arena and it's all thanks to the constant support from my coach and teammates to improve and have completely different rides."
 
Other highlights included: Petriko improving from fourth to third in jumping, and from Pearce from seventh to second and third, and freshman Rebekah Wright from sixth to fifth on the flat.
 
Saturday results:
Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 3rd 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 1st novice hunter seat Equitation on the flat
Rebekah Wright 7th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation 
Brandi Hawkins 7th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Patsula 7th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Vanessa Wandel 3rd Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Sam Roessler 7th Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Morgan Pearce 3rd Walk trot hunter seat Equitation
 
Sunday Results:
Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 3rd 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 1st novice hunter seat Equitation on the flat
Rebekah Wright 5th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation 
Brandi Hawkins 6th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Patsula 7th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Vanessa Wandel 3rd Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Morgan Pearce 2nd Walk trot hunter seat Equitation
 
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