Albion College Equestrian

Albion College Equestrian


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The Albion College equestrian program was established in 2004 and offers something for everyone, from beginners through experienced competitors. Visit our web site at to learn more!

It's exam week for Albion students!

ο»ΏWestern team member Lacey White shared this photo from her very first IHSA victory this season aboard our Jax. Lacey says, "She taught me so much that day to stay confident, strong, and trust in every decision you make."

Stay strong and confident this week, Britons - good luck! #gobrits #oneteam

#SundayFunday - head over to our Instagram account and test your knowledge with the Albion Equestrian quiz!

Intercollegiate Dressage Association

Albion senior Mary Baker earned her second regional title and would have represented the Britons at IDA Nationals this weekend. We’re sad for her and for all of the other riders who worked so hard this year but are also VERY proud of her career as a member of the Briton dressage team.

Thank you for this wonderful tribute, Mount Holyoke Equestrian and Intercollegiate Dressage Association. πŸ’œπŸ’›

We will go down centerline for you πŸ–€πŸ’™ #TeamDressage

Thank you MHC for this tribute!

Welcoming another new Brit to the barn this fall - can't wait to see you in August, Aria!

(Want to learn more about how to become an Albion equestrian athlete? Join us online May 7:!) #GoBrits #OneTeam

Albion's 17th President Dr. Mathew B. Johnson

We are excited to welcome Dr. Johnson and his family to Albion and the Held Equestrian Center this summer! #GOBRITS Dr. Mathew B. Johnson, a recognized global leader in the field of community-engaged scholarship, has been appointed the 17th president of Albion College by the Board of Trustees. He will begin his presidency on July 1.

#FlashbackFriday to December when Hannah DesRochers and our own Chandler took the intermediate hunter championship at World Equestrian Center under the guidance of Coach Randi Gardner. Though short, 2019-2020 was a great year! πŸŽ‰πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸŽ‰

Another #ThrowbackThursday pic courtesy of Natalie Stolyarov, taken at the first show of 2020 at MSU. Missing our riders this week! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

#ThrowbackThursday to the fall shopping trips with our teams - can’t wait to see you and do this all over again, Brits! πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ΄

You know something is going right in the barn when our students share individual victories with their teammates. πŸ’œπŸ’› Megan McFadden says, β€œThe two people beside me pushed me and were there for me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have them as friends and teammates.” And Marty Cash shares, β€œI cherish this picture because the bond we have as teammates is what makes being part of this team so special to me.”

#gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

We’re sad for the seniors who had their year cut short, but Madelin Darby’s favorite memory was her reserve champion finish at Regionals in Intermediate Flat (and we loved that moment too)! #gobrits #britswin #rideihsa #oneteam πŸŽ‰

We continue to celebrate our students and the great school year we had!

Sawyer Haisma shared her favorite memories of 2019-20 with us and said, β€œI think [the first photo] really captures my overexcitement about the show and my love for horses, even though I hadn’t ridden yet. [The second] is my favorite because it was after my first show and the smile on my face looks the same. Not only that, but I’m with Harley, the person who convinced me to join the team and became my best friend.” #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

ICYMI - we are SO proud of all of our athletes and last night two of them received special recognition from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Way to go Marty and Jordan! #gobrits #oneteam #rideihsa πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Tonight is a big night - alumni, family, and friends are invited to join us online at 7:00 pm EDT to support our year-end award winners as the athletic department honors them! #gobrits #oneteam πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

[04/18/20]   Equestrian alumni!
Next week we celebrate our team riders from 2019-20 and we know you have great memories to share too!

Email your photos/videos/stories to [email protected] - #GOBRITS!

Albion College’s Held Equestrian Center Tour

Welcome to the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center at Albion College - let us show you around!

...and a baby picture of western team favorite Floyd. Thanks to the Davis family for sharing him with us! #SchoolHorseAppreciation πŸ₯°

We LOVE that our school horses were so loved by their donors that they shared them with our students! Case in point: Johnny (with John Post) and Synco (donated by the Goodnow family). #SchoolHorseAppreciation πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’›

We’re blessed to have a herd of horses who have a lot of show experience to share with our students!

Here are Kat (at a Michigan Reining Show with McKenna Rechsteiner), Figaro (at the NAYC Championships in eventing), Norman (with Kelsey Keathly aboard), Coco (at an A jumper show), and Johnny (with John Post). Thank you to our donors for sharing these wonderful professors with our program! #SchoolHorseAppreciation #GoBrits πŸ’œπŸ’›

We sure are proud of Sara and all of our Brits! Thanks Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association for this feature! πŸ’œπŸ’› #GoBrits #oneteam #rideIHSA

"It wasn't until my second semester of freshman year of my college career that I actually started riding. I had had minimal experience up until that point, just having gone on basic pony rides throughout my childhood. It wasn't until my friend suggested that I go watch the home show one weekend that I decided I would give riding a try. I took one lesson a week since that was all I could afford at the time, and I fell in love. Our beginner horse, Redford, was a saint and he is the reason I am where I am. After a semester of lessons, I talked with our coach about joining the team and she was more than ready to have me aboard. My first year showing was an absolute blast. Everyone on the team was super supportive of me and continues to be proud of every new thing I accomplish to this day. I am forever grateful for everyone building me up and supporting me through this. IHSA has given me something that I'm good at. I haven't done a sport since middle school, so finding this took some getting used to. I think I have become a better person because of this, I know for a fact that I am more confident. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime through everything that I've been able to do through IHSA. My only regret is that I wish I had done this sooner. Thank you for everything that you've done for people like me." - Sara Ostrowski of Albion College

#RideIHSA #IHSAStrong #Riding #CollegiateEquestrian #Equestrian #EquestrianLifestyle #

Redford is always a champion - thank you again to Casey Vance for sharing these great photos! #SchoolHorseAppreciation πŸ’œπŸ’›

Just a hunt seat horse? Think again! Though Redford has only done hunt seat and dressage here at Albion, he’s also dabbled in the western arena. #SchoolHorseAppreciation πŸ¦„πŸ’œπŸ’›

Redford’s form over fences is pretty timeless - check him out prior to joining the Albion family and then carrying Brittney Stanton β€˜14 and Taylor Macielak β€˜15 around IHSA courses during their college careers. πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„ #SchoolHorseAppreciation

Albion College

We love our school horses AND our students! #GoBrits

Albion College, one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country, announced today their new and substantial Michigan 2020 Promise will assist Michigan families who have college affordability concerns due to COVID-19. #MyAlbion

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Redford has clearly always had model status. #SchoolHorseAppreciation πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’›

Some of our unicorns are so special that they deserve their own #SchoolHorseAppreciation day. Redford is one of those guys - thank you so much to Casey Vance for sharing the photos of his early life that we get to show to you today, like this one of the day her family picked him up in Louisiana back in 2003. πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Werner is a more recent addition to the herd - before he was a favorite of the dressage and hunt seat teams, he was a favorite of donor Gayle Rusk, who showed him through the USDF levels and also enjoyed the trails. πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’› #schoolhorseappreciation #bestboy

Our students have shared a lot of pictures of Jax (KM Jacks Best) from the past school year, but how about these pictures of Baby Jax from donor Joy Bail when she showed her in AQHA competition? #toocute #schoolhorseappreciation #gobrits πŸ’œπŸ’›

We might not have baby pictures of Romeo, but donor Lisa Campbell shared pictures of 6 year old Romeo preparing for the A circuit in a clinic with the one and only Bernie Traurig. (Lisa said Romeo was the only horse Bernie picked to ride that day!) πŸ’œπŸ’› #schoolhorseappreciation

#SchoolHorseAppreciation week continues!

Pebbles and Annabelle are often said to be the cutest nappers in the barn - and that has apparently always been true. 😍

(Thanks to Warren and Laurie English for donating these two wonderful girls to the program!)

An oldie (he’s 23 this year!) but a goodie - it’s baby Rockefeller! He’s been at Albion since 2015 and taken many a rider over many a fence - with many more to come! #schoolhorseappreciation #rideihsa #babyhorse πŸ’œπŸ’›

...and how about a baby Dexter too? Registered with the Jockey Club as Shrewd Dealer (and even earning some money on the track!), Dexter has been a lynchpin of the program since 2007, giving him the most seniority in the barn. #schoolhorseappreciation #OTTB πŸ’œπŸ’›

It's #SchoolHorseAppreciation Week!

Without the amazing horses who teach our students every day, we wouldn't have a program. To honor them, we reached out to donors, former owners, and former riders to collect some awesome throwback photos of our champions in their pre-college careers - and what better way to kick things off than the very beginning? Norman (Investors Norfleet) was such a cute baby! 😍

(Thanks to Kelsey Keathly for sharing Norman and his photos with us!)

Are you following our emoji Easter egg hunt on Instagram today? Follow @albioncollegerides to join the fun! 🐣

We are so grateful for our amazing staff and all they do behind the scenes to make the Held Center such a special place - #GOBRITS!!!

Excited to have you with us this fall, Lauren! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

(Want to learn more about riding at Albion? Join us for our virtual roundtable on Thursday, May 7:!)

Welcome to Albion, Jasmyn! We can’t wait to see you at the Held Center this fall! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

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We’re glad to have you joining us, Delaney - welcome! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

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And another new Briton accounted for! Excited to have you with us this fall, Madison! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

(Want to learn more about riding at Albion? Join us for our virtual roundtable on Thursday, May 7:!)

Welcoming another new Briton into the family - glad to have you with us, Olivia! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

(Want to learn more about riding at Albion? Join us for our virtual roundtable on Thursday, May 7:!)

Welcoming another new Brit to the fold - can’t wait to see you on campus this fall, Alyvia! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

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We look forward to seeing you in the fall, Brianna - welcome to Albion! #gobrits #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

Welcome to the #GoBrits equestrian family, Lauren - can't wait to have you here in the fall! #oneteam πŸ’œπŸ’›

(Curious about life as an Albion student? There are two virtual visit opportunities this week:

Welcome, Aurora - excited to have you as part of the #GoBrits family this fall! #oneteam #rideihsa πŸ’œπŸ’›

Mondays, right? 😁

Thanks to Kayla Smith for providing us with a smile today, courtesy of Zoo, who retired last winter but will always be a Briton, just like all of our riders. πŸ’œπŸ’›

Keep watching our social media channels next week for lots more fun with our herd! #GOBRITS #oneteam

Have you been following our @albioncollegerides Instagram story for #SundaySpaDay? Lots of great pics and videos of the herd hanging out and getting pampered on this beautiful spring day! β˜€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’›

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