Three Stoneleigh-Burnham students competed at the IEA National Championship held at The Big E in Springfield, MA on May 16th – 18th. 11th grader Kaleigh Intrator earned Novice Reserve National Champion and 11th grader Francesca Eremeeva earned 4th in the varsity open on the flat and 5th in the varsity open championship. 11th grader Grace Powers had also qualified for and competed at the National Championship.
These successes mark the completion of very strong year for the Stoneleigh-Burnham IEA teams. Both the Upper and Middle School IEA Teams collectively advanced to the Zone 1 Finals, in addition to numerous successes for individual riders.
The unique aspect of IEA competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. Riders are randomly assigned a horse for each class, one jumping and one flat, and are judged on their equitation against riders at their level.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association since its official inception in 2002 and boasts four consecutive National Titles. We offer both Middle School and Upper School Hunt Seat teams that compete within the largest zone in the country. Our teams are coached by Director of Riding Mina Payne Williams ’78 and Instructor Marilyn Bennett.