IEA Names Flat Finals Winners, While Western Competition Gets Underway

Photo by McKenzie Yates

Day two of competition at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, brought more victory and more ribbons. The morning got under way with the Varsity Open on the Flat Individual class and the Varsity Intermediate on the Flat Finals. Prizes for these classes were provided by Henri de Rivel Saddles, Shires Equestrian, the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Bridleplates.com, Tredstep Ireland, Samshield, and R.J. Classics.

In the Varsity Open Flat Final, Tomiko McGovern was named champion aboard Birdie, followed by Nicole Mattucci of Wall Street Farm riding Abby in reserve. Third through eighth place finishers included Ashley Sprinkle of Front Range Equestrian on Felix, Natalie Siktberg of Double Deuce Farm riding Thomas; Katie Balding of Foxtail Farm aboard Kermit, Ransome Rombauer of Sonoma Academy riding Goose, Holly Longest from Team Silver Lining on Frankie, and Sarah Ryan of Sonoma Valley Stables aboard Gregory, respectively.

Elizabeth Trexler of Chatham Hall was the victor in Varsity Intermediate on the Flat, riding Marker. Olivia Oney of Middle GA Equestrian Team took reserve honors aboard Limerick. In third through eighth place were Shaw Castleman of Carolina Country on Thomas, Sierra Dunn from Fox Meadow Farm at Smith aboard Spike, Ann Ashley Daniel from Clover Grove riding Red, Sara Tuck from Pebble Beach Equestrian riding Six, Katrina Rolland Woodside on Dylan, and Audrey Smith from Hunter Run Farm riding Gregor.

The Future Intermediate on the Flat Final saw Sydney Shelby of MVCS Equestrian as the victor, riding Ferb, followed respectively by reserve champion Emma Symon of Woodside Equestrian on Doug, Emma Fraser of Red Acre on Red, Sydney Miller of Duzan Riding Academy aboard Marker, Mariah Gaudet from Holy Innocents Episcopal riding Frosty, Grace Jordan from Shamrock Manor Equestrian on Stella, Emily Grace Swinson from Fox Run Equestrian riding Pennitoo, and Kelly Weeks of Hunter’s Rein on Spike.

As the Junior Varsity Novice Flat Final came to a finish, Lillian Schaffer of Front Range Equestrian Team was crowned champion for her performance on Limerick, with Sadie Stott of Clover Grove following close behind in reserve. Adele Barski from Tulip Pond Farm finished in third place for her ride aboard Kermit. Following in fourth through eighth place were Brandon Carreon from Elvenstar riding Libby, Mariah Lofgren from Fox View Farm on Audie, Katherine Robinson from Hammond School Team on Nick, Sophia Murray from Red Acre riding Cavy, and Shalyee Picow from Alfred University’s team riding T.

There was stiff competition in Future Novice on the Flat Individual, with Isabella Garbiel-Achorn of Muddy Brook finishing first aboard Party Girl, followed by Grace MacShane from North Gate Equestrian riding Ferb. Respective third through eighth place recipients were: Rehema Kirby from Maypine Equestrian Center riding Joey, Hannah Allen of Bux-Mont Equestrian riding Pennitoo, Mackensie Park from Longview Stables riding Spike, Lauren Daniel of Clover Grove riding Doug, Ahtena Bason from Lucky C riding Whiskey, and Julia Nickl from Elvenstar on Covergirl.

Concord Equestrian Team’s Jillian Alejo was all smiles as she accepted her championship award in the Junior Varsity Beginner Flat Final, following her performance on Joey. Reserve honors went to Bridget Vaughey of the Madeira School, riding Kermit. Finishing in third through eighth place, respectively, were Abby Goldberg of Lindstedt Show stables, riding Ted, Rachel Ottinger from Last Lap Ranch, riding Audie, Lauren LePore from Saddle River Equestrian, riding Gus, Alexandra Cernelich from Maypine Equestrian, riding Bo, Nick Coda-Ramos from Trinity Farm Equestrian riding Liza, and Caroline Ulanoski from Silent Knight aboard Stella.

In the Future Beginner Flat Individual competition, Olivia Batten from Stonehouse Stables was crowned champion for her performance aboard Audie. Following very closely behind was Sophie Crance of Birmingham Equestrian, who took reserve champion after riding Gus. Finishing in third through eighth place, respectively, were April Denholm of Grazing Fields Farm riding Liza, Samantha Harris from Childress Rodgers Stable on Frosty, Annette Chun from Valley Brook Equestrian riding Pennitoo, Alexandra Genreau from HRA/Foxtail Farm on Bo, Lola Cavotta from Double Deuce Farm aboard Party Girl, and Jillian Frazo, hailing from Running Brook, riding Stella.

The IEA National Finals continue today with Western competition getting underway. Check back tomorrow for more results from these classes!

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