Riding team rides to IEA Zone 3, Region 3 Championship — and advances one step closer to Nationals
Senior captain Kayla L. won one class and took second in another, and no Foxcroft rider placed lower than fourth on March 3 when the Riding Team captured the Championship ribbon at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 3, Regional 3 Finals held at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg, VA. The victory — by just two points over rival Madeira School — was Foxcroft’s first IEA regional title ever and qualified the team for the Zone 3 Finals for the first time in five years.
In addition, junior Elena B. and freshmen Gigi G. and Cecilia M. advanced to the Zone Championship as individual riders and will compete in four classes there. Elena, who flew back from the Winter Equestrian Festival to compete, won the Individual Varsity Open Over Fences and Gigi won the Junior Varsity Novice Flat. In the JV Novice Over Fences class, Gigi finished third, behind Cecilia, but will join her clssmate at Zones because the winner of the class cannot compete there.
The Zone 3 Finals, scheduled for March 29-31 in Lynchburg, VA, will include riders from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The top finishers will advance to the U.S. National Finals, in Harrisburg, PA, on April 26-28. Foxcroft won Zones in 2014 when it made its only appearance as a team at Nationals.
In IEA team competition, a team selects just one rider to compete in each of the seven classes. Coaches Allie Pelz and Kendall Bear chose well in putting together Sunday’s lineup. Kayla dominated the Varsity Open classes, winning Over Fences and placing second on the Flat, and sophomore Quinna M. earned a second- and a third-place showing in Varsity Intermediate competition. Gigi won the blue ribbon in the JV Novice.
Rounding out a winning weekend for Foxcroft, school horse “Dream Away” (aka Kitty), donated by Brittany H. ’17, was named Best Horse/Pony at the show.
Complete results follow.
IEA Zone 3, Region 3 Finals March 3, 2019 Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA
Varsity Open Over Fences: Kayla L. ’19 — 1st
Varsity Open Flat: Kayla L. ’19 — 2nd
Varsity Intermediate Over Fences: Quinna M. ’20 — 2nd
Varsity Intermediate Flat: Quinna M. ’21— 3rd
Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences: Cecilia M. ’22 — 3rd
Junior Varsity Novice Flat: Gigi G. ’22 — 1st
Junior Varsity Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter: Julia C. ’21 — 4th
Individual Classes (*=Qualified for Zone Championships)
Varsity Open Over Fences
Kayla L. ’19 — 7th
Elena B. ’20 — 1st*
Varsity Open Flat
Kayla L. ’19 — 5th
Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences
Cecilia M. ’22 — 2nd*
Gigi G. ’22 — 3rd*
Junior Varsity Novice Flat
Gigi G. ’22 — 1st*
Cecilia M. ’22 — 6th
Team Competition(*=Qualified for Zone Championships)
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