With no drop score riders, the Albion team was in a challenging position, and they did quite well at the November 22 show hosted by the University of Findlay. The way the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows work is that each team of four riders is able to use a “drop score,” meaning they disregard the team’s lowest score to determine final standings. Normally Albion carries eight riders on the dressage team so we can have an A team and a B team. However this semester, the team is down to just six riders, meaning that they have two teams of three and no dropped score.
Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) rode her First level test for an impressive 70.5 percent scoring her a fourth place finish. Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas) wound up in fifth place at First level.
First-year student Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) won second place, and sophomore Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) took home a sixth place, both at Introductory level. Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) won fifth place with a 66.7 percent in Upper Training level, and senior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) earned a 66.8 percent in the same division to get fourth place.
At the end of the day, the Albion teams stood in fourth place and eighth place.