May 04, 2018
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Adrian College Equestrian, which sent two stock riders to Nationals in the same year for the first time in program history, turned in a pair of top-10 finishes at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships over the weekend.
Junior newcomer Montana Whitehead (Tipton, Mich.) placed fourth in the intermediate horsemanship division in her first trip to Nationals. Second-year Adrian head coach Jody Prime said about her performance: "Montana had an impressive first season on the team and we're looking for amazing things from her next year."
Recent graduate Rachel Kanaziz (North Branch, Mich.) made her second trip to Nationals and was sixth in the open horsemanship and a finalist in the open reining event. Two years ago as a sophomore, she was fifth in the nation in the Western Novice Horsemanship during her 2016 IHSA debut in Lexington, Ky.
"Rachel will be greatly missed as a strong leader and rider for the Bulldogs," Prime said. "She is leaving shortly to continue her studies at Colorado State on a national fellowship and plans to ride IHSA as alumni status. We wish her the best as she continues her studies outside of Adrian College."
Prime concluded her first full season of collegiate coaching during the 2017-18 campaign, as the Bulldogs have flourished by setting unprecedented school records with her at the helm. "I couldn't be more thrilled with the team over the course of this past year."
Adrian graduated five seniors from this record-breaking squad, but have strong recruits coming in for the fall semester to help fill those riders' boots, as Prime concluded, "we can't wait to see what the future holds."
The IHSA has over 10,000 collegiate members, which only 400 qualifies for Nationals.
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