Maplewood Farm’s Upper School IEA Team has qualified as a team for the Hunt Seat National Finals for the first time ever. The team’s success is evidence of their hard work and dedication, and it is a significant achievement for both the riders and the farm.
The IEA – Interscholastic Equestrian Association – is a unique organization that promotes equestrian competition for middle and high school students. The association offers riders the ability to compete individually as well as part of a team, regardless of their riding level or experience. IEA is a unique showing opportunity as riders do not have to own or lease their own horse to compete, which is required for ordinary horse showing. Instead, the team hosting a show will provide horses, which are then assigned randomly. IEA competitions emphasize the importance of catch-riding skills, as very little to no warm-up practice is allowed before each class on horses that are likely new to the rider. Well-rounded horsemanship and adaptable riding are integral to succeeding in IEA competitions.
The Hunt Seat National Finals will occur at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC, from April 26 – April 30, 2023. Bringing together some of the best IEA riders from across the country, Maplewood Farm’s Upper School Team will be one of the approximately 550 teams competing in Tryon. While Maplewood Farm has had riders compete individually at finals in the past, this is the first time the whole team has qualified. The team consists of talented and hardworking riders who have been preparing for this moment for months.
“We are thrilled to have our High School Team representing Maplewood Farm at the Hunt Seat National Finals,” said Tamara Johnston, owner of Maplewood Farm. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our riders, and we are proud of their hard work and dedication. We know they will represent us well and we can’t wait to see them compete.”
The Hunt Seat National Finals will be an exciting and challenging competition for all riders involved. The competition will feature a variety of events, including equitation on the flat and jumping over fences. The riders will be judged on their riding ability and horsemanship skills in these events.
Overall, Maplewood Farm’s Upper School IEA Team’s success highlights the opportunities that the IEA offers to young riders. It is a testament to the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and hard work in the equestrian arena, and a source of pride for the entire Maplewood Farm community. The farm wishes the team the best of luck in their upcoming competition!
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