Briton Riders Brave Conditions

The cold, rainy weather Oct. 13 made for challenging horse show conditions at Western Michigan University, but the Albion College hunt seat team banded together and pulled off a fifth place finish of the 13 teams present.

Team co-captain Miranda Voege (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) and new team member Caroline Bearss (Perrysburg, Ohio/Maumee Valley Country Day School) led the team with wins in open fences and in advanced walk-trot-canter, respectively. First-year rider Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./Saint Thomas Aquinas) made her debut over fences to a second place finish in the novice division while classmate Ann Armstrong (Janesville, Wis./George Parker) earned a second in beginner walk-trot-canter.

Melanie Fodera (Troy/Troy) made her debut for the Britons in the walk-trot division and netted a fifth place finish to get her horse show career underway.

The Britons won't show again until Nov. 3 when they meet up with their regional opponents at the University of Michigan.