Olivia Batten, riding student at Stonehouse Stables and a 6th grade student at Toano Middle School, will be competing in Lexington, Kentucky, in the Interscholastic Equitation Association (IEA) National Finals, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY from April 20th to 24th. Olivia, a member of the Stonehouse Stables IEA Team, will be competing in Future Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation on the Flat, which is open to riders in grades 6-8. The Stonehouse Stables IEA High School and Middle School Teams both qualified for Zone 3 Regional competition and the Middle School Team placed 6th out of 14 qualifying teams at that event. Riders who placed individually or for the team in Regional competition were: Logan Bishop, First in Varsity Over Fences (qualified for Zone competition), 7th Individual Varsity Open Flat, and 5th Team Varsity Open Flat;; Alexis Nuzzo (Team Captain) 8th Team Varsity Open over fences; Allie Marcotte, 4th Team Varsity Intermediate Flat; Kate Keller 5th Team Junior Varsity Novice over Fences; Abigail Best, 1st Team Future Intermediate Flat; Olivia Steele 7th Team Junior Varsity Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter; and Olivia Batten First in Future Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter (qualified for Zone competition). A big thanks to The Structures Group, Inc. for generously sponsoring the Regional entry fees for our individual riders.
Zone 3 competition, which includes the states of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. was held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on March 12th. Logan Bishop placed 6th in her Open over Fences class while Olivia Batten placed 6th in Future Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter and First in Future Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter, thus qualifying for the National IEA Finals.
IEA riders compete on horses provided at IEA competitions, so owning or leasing a horse is not required. Local middle and high school riders who are interested in IEA competition may contact Stonehouse Stables at 757-566-0666 to learn more about IEA.
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