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Junior Varsity Beginner on the Flat Team
Hannah Chinoporos from Belmont, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1

Future Beginner on the Flat Team
Lindsey Johnson from Westford, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1

Junior Varsity Novice on the Flat Team
Alycia Petrauskas from Goshen, Connecticut, who rides for Cavalier Farm in Zone 1

Future Novice on the Flat Team
Grace MacShane from Concord, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1

Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Team
Elizabeth Trexler from Chatham, Virginia, who rides for Chatham Hall in Zone 3

Future Intermediate on the Flat Team
Emily Grace Swinson from Raleigh, North Carolina, who rides for Fox Run Equestrian - NC in Zone 3

NRHA Varsity Intermediate Reining Team
Hannah Willeke from Findlay, Ohio, who rides for KM Equestrians in Zone 5

AQHA Future Novice Horsemanship Team
Annalia Evans from Conyers, Georgia, who rides for King Show Horses in Zone 4

AQHA JV Beginner Horsemanship Team
Austin Davis from Lockbourne, Ohio,  who rides for Dare Equestrian Team in Zone 5

AQHA Future Intermediate Horsemanship Team
Hannah Jane Lucas from Columbia, South Carolina, who rides for IIIR Stars Equestrian in Zone 4

AQHA Varsity Open Horsemanship Team
Ellexxah Maxwell from West Mansfield, Ohio, who rides for Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian in Zone 5

Coach sportsmanship

Western Coach Sportmanship

 Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team from Plain City, Ohio in Zone 5 took home the Upper School Western Championship

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Interscholastic Equestrian Association Wraps Up the 2016 National Finals

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: Interscholastic Equestrian Association http://www.rideiea.org/
Release Date: 2016-04-27

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Lexington, Kentucky— 549 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians competed in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The finalists represented over 1,300 teams and over 11,000 student-riders from eight zones throughout the country. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the regular season shows, regional finals and zone finals to qualify for the National Finals competition. 

During the week, riders competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences and , Equitation on the Flat as well as Western Reining and Horsemanship classes. Sunday marked the closing of the team competitions followed by the awards ceremonies

The Champion of the Upper School Hunt Seat Team Competition was North Gate Equestrian Team from Sudbury, Massachusetts in Zone 1. In the Middle School Hunt Seat Competition, North Gate also took home First Place ribbons and prizes. The Champion Upper School Western Team Competition came down to one class to determine the winner. Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team from Plain City, Ohio in Zone 5 took home the win. In the Middle School competition, KM Equestrians from Findlay, Ohio, in Zone 5 were named Champion.

The IEA holds the trait of good sportsmanship in the highest regard – both for riders and coaches.  For the Hunt Seat, Mehdi Kazmi of Old Homestead Farm from Rocky Point, North Carolina, in Zone 3, took home the second annual Coach Sportsmanship Award. Roger and Sandra Elder from Last Lap Ranch in Maryville, Tennessee in Zone 4 received the award among all Western Coaches. Sarah Doss from Chatham Hall in Chatham, Virginia was awarded the Victor Hugo-Vidal Sportsmanship Award and Caroline Gute from Dublin, Ohio, who rides for Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team, took home the NRHA Sportsmanship Award. 

The IEA is committed to the wellness of the horses in all competitions. To recognize the quality of the horses donated for the five-day event, “Thomas” (provided by Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio) was named Outstanding IEA Hunt Horse, and “Kesha” (provided by Jewell Reining in Conyers, Georgia) took home the NRHA Outstanding Western Horse.

“Just spectacular," said Roxane Lawrence, IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director when asked about the competition.  "Our young student riders rode really well.  The horses provided were excellent, and we had a fun and safe event.  Most important, while the competition was fierce, the sportsmanship exhibited by the riders, coaches and parents was superb.  I can't wait until next year's Finals."

It was announced that the 2017 IEA Hunt Seat National Finals will be held in April at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia and the Western Finals will take place in late June during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby in Oklahoma City.

Sunday’s Hunt Seat and Western Team Winners: 

Junior Varsity Beginner on the Flat Team

Hannah Chinoporos from Belmont, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1

Future Beginner on the Flat Team

Lindsey Johnson from Westford, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1

Junior Varsity Novice on the Flat Team

Alycia Petrauskas from Goshen, Connecticut, who rides for Cavalier Farm in Zone 1

Future Novice on the Flat Team

Grace MacShane from Concord, Massachusetts, who rides for North Gate Equestrian Team in Zone 1 

Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Team

Elizabeth Trexler from Chatham, Virginia, who rides for Chatham Hall in Zone 3

Future Intermediate on the Flat Team

Emily Grace Swinson from Raleigh, North Carolina, who rides for Fox Run Equestrian – NC in Zone 3

Varsity Open on the Flat Team

Tomiko McGovern from New Windsor, New york, who rides for Lucky C Stables in Zone 2

NRHA Varsity Intermediate Reining Team

Hannah Willeke from Findlay, Ohio, who rides for KM Equestrians in Zone 5

AQHA Future Novice Horsemanship Team

Annalia Evans from Conyers, Georgia, who rides for King Show Horses in Zone 4 

AQHA JV Beginner Horsemanship Team

Austin Davis from Lockbourne, Ohio,  who rides for Dare Equestrian Team in Zone 5

AQHA Future Intermediate Horsemanship Team

Hannah Jane Lucas from Columbia, South Carolina, who rides for IIIR Stars Equestrian in Zone 4

AQHA Varsity Open Horsemanship Team

Ellexxah Maxwell from West Mansfield, Ohio, who rides for Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian in Zone 5

Founded in 2002, the IEA has more than 12,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States.  The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. There is no need any rider to own a horse because the IEA provides a mount and tack to every rider at every event, including the National Finals.  For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org.

 

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