Last Saturday, the equestrian team attended the ninth and final show for the season hosted at Albion College’s Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, winning third as a team and beating both Michigan State University and University of Michigan.
Individual ribbons included two first place, three second place and the reserve high point ribbons at Albion. Throughout the course of the season, the team improved, from placing 10th at WMU’s show in October to placing 5th at University of Michigan’s January show. Overall, the team placed 7th of 14 Michigan and Ontario colleges and universities that are actively part the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 6, Region 4.
The team hosted two home shows in the fall at Cedar Lodge Stables, where they take lessons. All other shows were hosted by WMU, University of Michigan, MSU or Albion. The team brought between 4-8 horses to every away show and helped to take care of them by feeding them hay, grains and water, grooming them, cleaning stalls and putting on saddles and bridles for schooling.
The hunt seat team has seven members, but was still able to be competitive against teams with dozens of riders. The team has three riders that jump over fences and four riders that only ride on the flat. Two over-fences riders graduate in the spring, so the team hopes to recruit more people for next year’s show season.