The regular regional shows ended in February for the dressage team, but Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) had to wait until mid-April to find out that he had won a wildcard spot to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals. Regen joined teammates Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) to compete as individuals at the competition hosted by Ohio’s Otterbein University April 24-26.
Coach Danielle Menteer left a day early along with two other teammates in order to trailer four Albion horses to Otterbein that were used in the competition draw. They spent the weekend schooling and taking care of the horses to prepare them for the show.
By the end of the long day of fierce individual competition, the Albion riders had finished in the top ten of their three levels. Tonti secured fifth place in Introductory level, Beliveau won sixth place in First level, and Regen took home eighth place in Upper Training level.
Without a full team this year (Albion competed all year with two spots unfilled), these were very well deserved rewards for a successful year! Next year the team hopes to be able to host a home show, which they were unable to do this year due to construction at the Held Equestrian Center.