Over the weekend of May 16, Emily Leins '17 and Claudia Cooper - a sixth grader who participates on Madeira's Middle School IEA team - represented Madeira at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals. More than 350 of the nation's leading middle and high school riders competed over the three day championship held at the The Big E in Springfield, MA. The competitors represented over 150 teams from eight zones throughout the United States that participated in numerous shows during the 2013-2014 school year.
The two Madeira riders qualified for the National Finals by placing in the top three riders at the Zone 3 Region 2 finals hosted at Madeira on March 8-9, and then placing in the top two riders at the Zone 3 finals on April 12-13.
On the Friday afternoon of Nationals, the girls rode in the first round qualifier in their respective classes against the 22 best riders from around the country. Both girls made the final call back, earning them a spot to compete for ribbons on Saturday evening. Emily rode first, earning a sixth place finish in the Beginner WTC class. Claudia followed, placing eighth in the Future Beginner WTC.
“Both girls rose to the occasion, and had phenomenal performances at their very first national competition,” said Madeira Riding Instructor Jessica Leonardi.
Director of Equestrian Programs Ian McCartney added that he was extremely proud of the hard work that the IEA team put in this year "Two top-ten finishes at Nationals is such a wonderful finish to a great year.”Riding Athletics