Riders competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences classes and Equitation on the Flat classes throughout the weekend. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm-up.
In the individual competition Ransome Rombauer, 16, who rides for the Sonoma Academy, Penngrove, California, was named the 2015 IEA Leading Hunt Seat Rider, winning the Varsity Open Championship class.
The Champion of the upper school team competition was the Front Range Equestrian Team from Parker, Colorado. Chatham Hall school from Chatham, Virginia, was Reserve Champion. In the middle school competition, Liftoff Equestrian Team from Versailles, Kentucky, received the Championship title. Boulder Brook Equestrian from Scarsdale, New York, finished as the Reserve Champion.
The Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jennifer Eaton, Groveland, Massachusetts, for her long-time contribution to the IEA. Known for her contribution to the growth of the membership office and her dedication to the betterment of the association, Jennifer has helped the IEA quadruple it’s membership. This is the eighth year in which this award has been presented.
The IEA Western National Finals, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA), will be held during the NRHA Derby Days June 25–27 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A complete list of riders/teams final standings is available on the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.