June 2018 - IEA Nationals

Californians shine bright at Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat National Finals on the cold East Coast.

Despite snow flurries and biting winds at the start of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals in Syracuse, NY, the level of competition was certainly heated as nearly 400 riders vied for national titles in the Toyota Coliseum on the New York State Fairgrounds. From April 20-22, riders in grades 6-12 from across the United States showed outstanding poise, professionalism, sportsmanship and equestrian ability as they competed in both individual and team classes in over-fences and on-the-flat divisions to determine the winners. The finalists represented 162 teams from a total of 10,933 eligible hunt seat riders and 1,451 teams from 10 zones. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during regular season shows, regional finals and zone finals to qualify for the National Finals competition.

Rising to the top of this year’s National Finals was 2018 Leading Hunt Seat Rider, Tomiko McGovern from Lucky C Stables (Zone 2) in New Paltz, New York. Thanks to a virtually wire-to-wire win streak over the weekend, she received $2,100 in scholarship money from IEA as well as a host of awards and prizes from generous sponsors as well as opportunities for further competition and training with the United States Hunter Jumper Association and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

Local riders representing IEA Zone 10 had successes, too. See story, page 48, for Middle School rider Skylar Wireman’s account of her IEA Finals experience. The IEA has been very strong in the East Coast since its inception, but more recently West Coast membership is growing fast and its riders are making increasingly strong showings at Nationals, even though it always involves a cross-country trip!

Along with Skylar representing the Chestnut Hills team and finishing as champion of the Future Intermediate Over/Fences Individual champion in the Middle School division, Zone 10 fielded several riders who made the cross-country trip and finished in the ribbons. Congratulations to all!

They include:

Chestnut Hills Team
•    Skylar Wireman
•    Taber Ball
•    Sophis Sundem
•    Emilie Melnychuk
•    Karsyn Boyd
•    Third place Hunt Seat Upper School Team competition.

Belmont Training
•    Elisa Broz
•    Alexis Giblin
•    Carmen Gonzalez
•    Tied for 8th in the Hunt Seat Middle School Team competition

Team KMT
•    Gianna Brocchini
•    Alexa Cango Ruiz
•    Sydney Kleber
•    Hannah Billy
•    Sophia Kivman
•    9th in Middle School Team Competition

Woodside Equestrian Team
•    Emma Symon
•    Morgan Buckley

Liberty Riding Academy
•    Reagan Gould

BFF Equestrian
•    Sydney Loucks   

BellaMar Training Stables
•    Emily Mansfield

The next Interscholastic Equestrian Association season begins in September. For more information, or to find or start a team in your area, visit www.rideiea.org.