The George School varsity equestrian team participated in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Regionals on March 3 and 4, 2018. On the first day of competition, several team members took home top prizes. Hailie Meckling ’19 placed first in the individual open fences competition and qualified for the zone 11 finals. Hailie also placed first in the open championship two phase. In fences, Olivia Hansbury ’21 took first place in team intermediate fences. In individual novice fences, Layla Afzal ’21 placed second and qualified for zone 11 finals, Eva Coleman ’19 placed seventh. Eva also took third place in team novice fences. George School’s horse, Topper, received horse of the day.
Saturday’s competitive events also included a written horsemanship test that gave students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge. Michaela Drake ’18 won first prize on the test and is a zone 11 finals qualifier.
“It was a very exciting day,” said Tiffany Taylor. “We were thrilled to be moving into day two sitting in fourth place as a team.”
Sunday’s events brought more ribbons for Hailie, who placed third in individual open flat, and Michaela, who clinching first in team open flat. Kailee Shollenberger ’18 took fifth place in intermediate flat. Layla placed third in team novice flat. In the individual walk/trot/canter it was Marisa Kalafer ’20 who placed first, qualifying for zone 11 finals, and Amanda Yang ’20 came in seventh. Leila Smith ’21 placed third in walk/trout/canter. Midas, another George School horse, won thoroughbred of the day.
“After a hard fought two days, the team finished third overall the best we have ever done,” said Tiffany. “In addition, we qualified four individuals, the most we ever have.” George School horse Manny won horse of the weekend and Hailie received reserve high-point high school rider as well.
Zones will take place at the Horse on Course Equestrian Center in Valencia, Pennsylvania on March 24 and 25.