Equestrian Hosts Stock Seat Show at Albion College to Wrap Up the Fall Semester

Shown left to right are Adrian head coach Jody Prime and Bulldog seniors Rachel Kanaziz, Christina Bitson, Kelsey Suiter, Ariel Anderson and Morgan Petriko receiving their varsity, four-year letters. (Photo provided)
Shown left to right are Adrian head coach Jody Prime and Bulldog seniors Rachel Kanaziz, Christina Bitson, Kelsey Suiter, Ariel Anderson and Morgan Petriko receiving their varsity, four-year letters. (Photo provided)

ALBION, Mich.--At the Adrian College-hosted stock seat show, the Bulldogs worked hard to put together a good meet while simultaneously showcasing their individual riding abilities.

Sophomore Morgan Langworthy started the show by earning fourth in her class. Following suit, freshman Michaela Carnevale also earned a fourth-place ribbon; classmates Montana Whitehead slipped to fifth on a tough horse, but Rebekah Wright came in strong with a beautiful first-place ride. Senior Morgan Petriko had a solid ride and took home a fifth-place ribbon. Classmate Ariel Anderson placed fifth in Novice. Freshman Skylar Scribner rode to a solid second-place standing in Advanced. Senior Christina Bitson placed fifth in the Open division. Classmate Kelsey Suiter placed sixth in her horsemanship class, but recovered to earn first place in reining. Senior Rachel Kanaziz had nice, consistent rides and earned second in both horsemanship and reining. She qualified for a ride-off, which she won earning her a Reserve Champion title for the morning show.

For the afternoon show, Kanaziz placed second in reining and third in horsemanship, qualifying her for another ride-off that she won a again to earn a second Reserve Champion award. Suiter disqualified in reining, but placed second in horsemanship. Bitson received an honorable mention in her class. Scribner had another beautiful ride, placing second in her class and setting up nicely for a potential regional qualification at the next show in January. Anderson finished sixth in her last class of the season as she is graduating in the fall semester, and will be unable to compete in the spring shows. Wright, unfortunately, did not place despite her best effort. Whitehead came back to win second in her class. Carnevale bumped up to third place. Langworthy finished the day on a high note by earning a second place.

Overall, the team narrowly missed a Reserve Champion Team award in the morning show. "Their hard work definitely paid off, and they successfully put on a good show and earned honorable placings," Adrian second-year coach Jody Prime said.

The Bulldogs resume their 2017-18 schedule in the spring semester on Sunday, Jan. 14 at the Michigan State University Stock Show held at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing.

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