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Upper & Middle School IEA Teams Advance to Zone 1 Finals

At the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 1, Region 7 Finals held at Stoneleigh-Burnham on Saturday, March 1st, the Upper School team took Champion and the Middle School team took Reserve Champion, earning both teams coveted spots in the Zone 1 Finals to be held April 12-13th at Mount Holyoke College.

Many of our riders also advance as individuals to the Zone 1 Finals. These girls placed in 1st or 2nd in their individual classes to advance: Francesca E. (Varsity Open Flat), Grace P. (Varsity Intermediate Flat), Colby M. (Future Novice Fences, Future Novice Flat), Olivia F. (Junior Varsity Novice Flat), Kayleigh I. (Junior Varsity Novice Flat), Liana O. (Junior Varsity Beginner Flat Walk, Trot, Canter).

The unique aspect of IEA competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. Riders are randomly assigned a horse for each class, one jumping and one flat, and are judged on their equitation against riders at their level.

In IEA individual competition, a 1st or 2nd place finish in any of the various classes will allow that rider to advance to the Zone 1 Finals. In IEA team competition, teams designate individual riders to compete for their team in the various classes. Those designated riders will accrue points for their teams based on their placing (1st place earns 7 points, 2nd earns 5 points, etc). Champion and Reserve Champion are awarded to the high point teams and allow those teams to advance to the Zone Finals.

Stoneleigh-Burnham competed against riders from twelve other teams including: Muddy Brook Farm, Mount Holyoke College, Hopkins-Biscuit Hill, Heritage Farm, Fox Meadow at Smith College, Valkyrie Equestrian Center, Crimson Acres, Oak Meadow Equestrian Team, Stockbridge Stables, King Oak Farm, Willston Fuller, and Bonnie Lea Farm.

The breakdown of our riders’ performance in both individual classes and team classes from the Zone 1, Region 7 Finals are as follows:

Class 1: Varsity Open Fences Individual
Ellie W. finished 6th

Class 1: Varsity Open Fences Team
Francesca E. finished 2nd

Class 2: Varsity Intermediate Fences Individual
Grace P. finished 8th

Class 2: Varsity Intermediate Fences Team
Grace P. finished 3rd

Class 4: Future Intermediate Fences Individual
Dizarre L. finished 4th

Class 4: Future Intermediate Fences Team
Dizarre L. finished 3rd

Class 6: Varsity Open Flat Individual
Francesca E. finished 1st, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals
Heather D. finished 6th

Class 6: Varsity Open Flat Team
Francesca E. finished 1st

Class 7: Varsity Intermediate Flat Individual
Grace P. finished 2nd, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals
Elizabeth P. finished 4th
Jillian S. finished 5th

Class 7: Varsity Intermediate Flat Team
Grace P. finished 1st

Class 10: Future Intermediate Flat Team
Julia T. finished 2nd

Class 3: Junior Varsity Novice Fences Team
Kaleigh I. finished 4th

Class 5: Future Novice Fences Individual
Colby finished 1st, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals
Cynthia G. finished 4th

Class 5: Future Novice Fences Team
Colby M. finished 2nd

Class 8: Junior Varsity Novice Flat Individual
Olivia F. finished 1st, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals
Kaleigh I. finished 2nd, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals

Class 8: Junior Varsity Novice Flat Team
Olivia F. finished 4th

Class 11: Future Novice Flat Individual
Colby M. finished 1st, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals

Class 11: Future Novice Flat Team
Colby M. finished 1st

Class 9: Junior Varsity Beg. Flat WTC Individual
Liana O. finished 2nd, allowing her to advance as an individual to Zone 1 Finals

Class 9: Junior Varsity Beg. Flat WTC Team
Liana O. finished 2nd

Class 12: Future Beg. Flat WTC Individual
Amanda C. finished 4th

Class 12: Future Beg Flat WTC Team
Amanda C. finished 4th

Team Results:

Upper School: Champion

Middle School: Reserve Champion

Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association since its official inception in 2002 and boasts four consecutive National Titles. We offer both Middle School and Upper School Hunt Seat teams that compete within the largest zone in the country. Our teams are coached by Director of Riding Mina Payne Williams ’78 and Instructor Marilyn Bennett.