May 2017 - The Fun Kind Of Studies!
Written by photos by Sarit Mintz
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:38

About the Photographer Sarit Mintz: Sixteen year old Sarit has been riding for six years and began taking photographs in 2014. She’s a regular shutterbug on the IEA Zone 10 circuit and will be available during the non-school summer months for assignments in the Bay Area. For more information, visit

IEA Zone 10-ers are zoned in for regional high school and middle school team finals.

photos by Sarit Mintz

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Zone 10 Finals hosted a total of 288 riders March 25-26 at the Brookside Equestrian Park in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove. The competition determined which teams would go forward to the IEA National Hunt Seat Finals in late April in Lexington, KY. They are the Red Barn and Woodside high school teams and the Sonoma Valley Stables and Elvenstar Orange County middle school teams.

IEA Zone 10 administrator and Woodside Equestrian Team coach Colin Daly reports steady growth in participation, especially in San Diego and the Reno/Truckee area, where four new teams in each region were added this season. All tolled, 20 more teams joined IEA Zone 10 this year, for a total of over 600 riders participating. “IEA is a natural bridge for riding school programs to develop their next batch of show riders,” says Colin.


Elvenstar rider Alex Bischoff on her way to a fourth place finish in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences, individual round.

Cecily Hayes competing in the Varsity division for North Peak Equestrian.

Zoe Levitan of the Stanford Red Barn squad won the Varsity Open Over Fences Team competition.

Coaches confer before jumping rounds get underway.

Alexandra LaBadessa of Sonoma Valley Stables won the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences Team round.

Keilty Archibald had a good weekend for the Woodside team, winning the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences, individual, and finishing second in the team round of that division.

IEA Zone 10 administrator and coach Colin Daly leads a course walk with Tabatha Gourvenec

Riding for the Woodside team, Samantha Zagha won the Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences, individual, and the Junior Varsity Novice Flat.