Madeira riders compete at National Finals

April 25, 2018

In late April, Sydney Newburn ’19 and Ella Stux ‘21 traveled to Syracuse, NY to compete at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals against the top teams and riders in the country.

Over 1,400 teams and almost 11,000 riders participated in the IEA program this year, with a goal of qualifying for National Finals. The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will 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. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced. 

Sydney placed 4th in the country in the Upper School Novice Over Fences class and Ella finished in the top 18 in the Upper School Beginner on the Flat Division.

Congratulations Ella and Sydney!