Maplewood Farm’s IEA Team Shines at Nationals, Finishes in Top Ten

Photo by Sophie Johnston

Edited Press Release

Maplewood Farm’s Upper School IEA Team is buzzing with excitement as they report their success at Nationals! The team returned home adorned with impressive ribbons, including a 4th place finish in the Open Over Fences class by Ella T. and a fantastic 5th place finish in the Intermediate Over Fences class by Lexie S. This hardworking team, also consisting of captain and graduating senior Bella V., juniors Abby S. and Alana D., and freshman Eleanor T., competed against the top 18 riders from across the country in each class. The team’s relentless efforts paid off as they secured a top-ten finish out of over 1,450 teams that competed this year!

In addition to their impressive performance at the competition, the team also made the most of their spare time by touring colleges in the South, including Auburn, Clemson, Elon, and Wake Forest. This experience allowed the riders to meet many IHSA coaches, including Bob Cacchione, founder of the IHSA, the first official collegiate riding and competition organization. Many of the riders are now considering joining IHSA once in college, making this a priceless opportunity!

Photo by Sophie Johnston

Maplewood Farm is incredibly proud of the team and their performance at Nationals. They represented the farm with grace, passion, and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to see what their bright future holds. Congratulations to all of our riders, and a huge thank you to the coaches and parents for making this unforgettable experience possible.

About Maplewood Farm: a state-of-the-art equestrian facility established in 1986. Exceptional year-round instruction and personalized service, located in Berlin, MA.

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