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Local Student Athletes Compete at IEA Nationals

by Press Release
May 31, 2018

 In April, a team of local equestrians competed in Syracuse, NY against riders from all over the United States at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals Horse Show. The team from Rising Star Equestrian Center in Medway MA is made up of students from Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, and Norwood. Riders compete during the fall and winter regular season to qualify for Regional Finals, and then Zone Finals. Finally, the top competitors from each Zone in the US meet at National Finals.

The riders represented New England very well, placing as high as 3rd individually, and finishing in 8th place as a team. There are over 10,000 riders in Hunt Seat IEA across the United States, with almost 800 high school teams, putting the team from Rising Star in the top 1% nationally.

IEA competitions are very unique and challenging, in that the rider randomly draws the horse on which he/she will compete. There is no opportunity to ride the horse until minutes before the competition, if at all. Riders compete in both flat equitation (skill of riding) “classes” (competitions in different divisions) and jumping classes, where they jump the horse that they draw over a course of fences between 1’6” and 2’6” high.

The equestrians competing from Rising Star include Tegan Bartlett (Norwood MA), Anna Bihuniak (Holliston MA), Geniefer Loring (Hopkinton MA), Lindsey Bihuniak (Holliston MA), Micaela Proefrock (Medfield MA), and Daniela Carvajal (Ashland MA). The teams and riders are coached by Kathy Haas Ogonowski, Bridgit Douglas, and Sheryl Miller.

Rising Star offers both high school and middle school IEA teams, as well as riding lessons, boarding, training, clinics and summer and vacation riding programs for all ages and levels of rider. For more information about joining the Rising Star family, call 508-533-8551 or visit the website www.risingstarequestriancenter.com

 

 

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Congratulations- nice to see the hard work, long hours of practice, and supportive family is rewarded at the national level

- SHAW LIVELY | 5/31/18 7:39 AM

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