Reed City equestrian seniors reflect on strong season

REED CITY  — It was a memorable season for three members of the Reed City equestrian team after competing at the state finals in Midland this fall.

Miranda Battle, Chelsea Cornell and Madeline Harrington were on a team that finished fourth at state.

“it was cool that the first couple of days at the meet, we were in the lead,” Battle said. “We had many people on the team winning state


Battle was state champion in the trail category in the B division. She also won it last year.

“This is the best our team has done but in the past, Reed City has done better,” Battle said.

Battle attributed her success to a lot of practice.

“I had lessons with my trainers,” said Battle, who has been in the sport at Reed CIty all four years. “I’ll miss the team. Everyone gets along. It’s the only team I’ve ever been on where everyone gets along.”

Cornell also won titles or placed in various categories such as two-man relay and flags.

Top 10 individuals placed at the state meet.

“It was a challenge at state,” Cornell said while expressing satisfaction in what the team was able to accomplish. “It’s about team effort.”

Like in any sport, hard work pays off in equestrian, Cornell agreed.

Harrington has been in jumping and showmanship. She went to state three years.

“A highlight for me was placing fourth in jumping,” she said.

Expectations for the team were met at the state meet, Harrington indicated.

“Working hard and having a good partnership with your horse and listening to trainer’s instructions,” have been the keys to her success in equestrian,” Harrington added.

She’s been riding since age 4.

“It’s fun, the people you hang out with at horse shows are enjoyable to be around,” Harrington said.