Jan 14, 2018
EAST LANSING, Mich.--The Adrian College equestrian team opened 2018 with resounding successes at the Michigan State University Stock Show at MSU Pavilion on Sunday. The Bulldogs garnered numerous first-place showings as well as awards for reserve high-point rider and reserve high-point team.
In the second-to-last show of the regular season, the team made an overall improvement between the morning and afternoon shows. Seniors Christina Bitson and Morgan Petriko both had tough draws in the morning, but still earned seventh place. Junior Morgan Pearce and sophomores Alana Pastula, Morgan Langworthy all began the day with sixth-place finishes. Senior Rachel Kanaziz and freshman Skylar Scribner each earned fifth place in their horsemanship classes. Freshman Rebekah Wright and senior Kelsey Suiter brought in fourth-place finishes. Suiter also placed third in her reining class. Freshmen Micheala Carnevale and Montana Whitehead won their individual horsemanship classes, and Kanaziz won her reining class. Kanaziz was also awarded Reserve High Point Rider for the morning show.
Carnevale and Whitehead maintained their momentum into the afternoon show, both winning first place again. Kanaziz earned second place in both her reining and horsemanship classes, earning her another Reserve High Point Rider award for the afternoon show. Wright also earned a second-place finish. Langworthy and Suiter placed fourth in horsemanship. Pastula, Petriko and Scribner each earned a fifth-place ribbon, and Suiter received a fifth in reining. Bitson had another tough draw, but still managed a seventh place.
Overall, Adrian tied for fourth place in the team standings during the morning show, then rallied in the afternoon to win the reserve high point team award for the second show. For Pastula and Pearce, this was their first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association stock seat show, and their teammates were extremely proud of their performances.
Four more student-athletes qualified for the regional show which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, at Michigan State University. Scribner will compete in the advanced division; Whitehead and Carnevale will show in the intermediate division; and Kanaziz will compete in the open horsemanship and open reining divisions. Kanaziz is the first Adrian College rider in school history that has earned the opportunity to show in both classes at the regional level.
The final stock show of the regular season will be hosted by Grand Valley State University on Saturday in Augusta at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. In addition, the hunt team will travel to Plymouth for the University of Michigan event at Willowbrooke Farm.
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