Tecumseh’s equestrian team finished its 2010 regular season in third place overall in District 10, Division A, of the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association.
The Indians competed against Saline, Dundee and Onsted in Division A. Dundee won the Division A Championship with 612 points while Saline was second with 599 points. Tecumseh totaled 419 points in its three district competitions while Onsted was fourth with 169 points. The meets were held at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds on Sept. 12, 19 and 25.
"We lost six horses due to illnesses and injury the week before the first meet,” said Tecumseh coach Rick Kimmitt. “This meant some riders had to find replacements and learn how to ride them in different classes in just days. Otherwise, we were sure to be more competitive.”
The Indians’ top three riders were Suzy Fagan, Sara Savoia and Ashley Kimmitt.
Fagan totaled 97 points for the Indians and had seven first place finishes in events including Western Riding/Reining, Flag Race, Cloverleaf Race, Timed Event and Two Person relay.
Savoia racked up 62 points in events including Saddle Seat Equitation, Saddle Seat Pattern, Saddle Seat Bareback, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Bareback and Western Equitation.
Kimmitt finished with 52 points in events including Western Fitting and Showing, Hunt Seat Fitting and Showing, Saddle Seat Fitting and Showing, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Equitation and Trail.
The team co-captains are Marie Wallich and Sara Savoia.
“We stayed in the points consistently throughout the three meets. Every rider placed and made valuable points for the Team,” said Kimmitt.
The other tem members adding points were Laura Apoloni, Katy Flint, Tim Haas, Marlene Kelly, Lauren McKowen, Danielle Nelson and Lindzy Ziegler.
Tecumseh equestrians Laura Appollini, Danielle Nelson and Ashley Kimmitt. Photo submitted.