Steeple Ridge Equestrian Team rider wins national final

June 3 S Steeple Ridge Farm SCIn the Steeple Ridge Equestrian Team’s first ever Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) competition, rider Caroline Carrara of Cornwall, a freshman at Rice High School and member of the Steeple Ridge Equestrian Team, won the Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences National Finals.  The event took place in West Springfield, Mass on May 16-18.  The only qualifier from Vermont, Carrara competed in a class of 22 finalists from across the United States.
“Caroline was amazing in her class today. She rode with precision and grace. She put in a trip that would have won in any company,” noted Steeple Ridge Equestrian Team coach Mindy Hinsdale. “It’s even more impressive that this was our first year as an IEA participant.”
It is important to note that the IEA governs middle school and high school teams throughout the United States. Riders do not compete on their own horses, instead they ride a horse provided by the horse show in a random draw. It is a true test of horsemanship to compete and be successful on an unfamiliar horse.
Established to provide competitive and educational opportunities through equestrian athletics, the IEA encourages good horsemanship and honorable participation as priorities at every event. According to its website, it is the responsibility of all attendees to foster a spirit of belongingness, an atmosphere of community enjoyment, and mutual respect for all participants.
Twenty middle and high school riders from Shelburne, Charlotte, Cornwall, Vergennes, Montpelier, Milton, and Stowe comprise the Steeple Ridge Equestrian Team. Riders of all levels in 6th through 12th grade are eligible to compete. Interested riders should contact Mindy Hinsdale at Steeple Ridge Farm (802) 922-3529.