Madeira’s IEA team has had a successful fall season, working hard and competing at IEA shows to earn individual and team points. The team earned a spot at IEA Regional Finals by winning five high point champion ribbons and two reserve champions during the regular season. In addition to Madeira’s high school and middle school teams qualifying for Regionals, ten Madeira riders and four middle school program riders qualified to compete individually.
To qualify individually for Regionals, each rider had to earn 18 points in each of their flat and jumping classes, within five shows. Having 14 riders who have done that this year is an incredible accomplishment.
IEA shows require that riders compete on a horse that is randomly selected. Sophomore Julia Skowronek said, “I love that IEA provides a fun and supportive environment to come out of our comfort zones and push ourselves in competition on unfamiliar horses.”
Regionals is one of the toughest competitions of the season because there are many more riders per class than at regular season shows, and the show includes all top riders from the region.
When asked about Regionals, Grace Frulla ’21 said, “Riding is usually a very individual sport, adding a team aspect is important for the future. We are all there to not only do the best we can individually, but also the best for our team.”
At regionals, riders are competing for a spot at Zone Finals, which will take place in Lynchburg, Virginia at the end of March. To qualify for Zones, a rider must finish in the top two spots in individual classes, be champion or reserve champion as a high school team, or champion as a middle school team at Regionals. According to team captains Mikayla Connolly ’20 and Sydney Newburn ’19, Madeira’s team is eager to put everything they’ve learned this year to the test, and to compete and ride their best.
Samira Firouz ‘19 commented on the team saying, “The equestrian team means the world to me, and I am extremely grateful for the IEA team and all the times we’ve spent together bonding this year.”
The IEA Team will travel to at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia on March 3 to compete at Regional Finals. Good luck Riders!Athletics Riding