Varsity Equestrian Team Shines in Recent Competitions

The team now qualifies for IEA Regionals taking place later this year. (Photo by Jim Inverso)

George School’s varsity equestrian team has had a busy and successful January. The team competed in three competitions this month, placing high as a team overall in each. Several team members had individual success in each competition as well.

On January 13, the team traveled to Delaware Valley University for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Horse Show. In open flat, Julia Wilson ’18 took second and Michaela Drake ’18 placed sixth. Olivia Hansbury ’21 finished fourth in the intermediate flat round. Next, was the open fences competition where Michaela once again placed sixth. Olivia placed fourth in intermediate fences. Other winners included Layla Afzal ’21 who placed third in novice fences and fourth in novice flat, Marisa Kalafer ’20 took third in the walk/trot and first in walk/trot/canter. As a team, the school finished third for the day and qualified for IEA Regionals.

Two days later the team was off to the Fox Heath Farm Show where Dixie Hurst-Blair ’20 and Julia gave good performances in open flat. In open fences, Dixie placed third, just behind Julia who placed second. Kailee Shollenberger ’18 placed fourth in intermediate fences. Mackenzie Sheehan ’19 placed third in novice flat, while Tomas Balboa-Livis ’18 placed second. Tomas also took second in novice fences. Amanda Yang ’20 placed sixth in novice fences and fifth in walk/trot/canter. Marisa took the win in walk/trot as well as walk/trot/canter. As a team, George School placed second for the day.

On Sunday, January 21, the team competed in their last regular season IEA show. The team was eager to make it a great finale and did not disappoint. Dixie placed second and Julia fourth in open rides. In open flat Michaela took third place, followed by Hailie Meckling ’19 in fourth. Hailie also won open fences and Michaela finished third. Julia placed fifth. Taylor Williamson ’21 won intermediate flat with Kailee clinching the sixth place spot. Mackenzie had a great afternoon performance and took home the win in novice flat, while Tomas placed fifth. In the next round, novice fences, Eva Coleman ’19 placed second while Mackenzie took home the sixth place spot. Leila Smith ’21 and Amanda competed next in walk/trot placing second and third respectively. In walk/trot/canter Leila took second and Amanda fourth. As a team, the school finished second overall. Taylor took home Reserve High Point Rider.

The team now qualifies for IEA Regionals taking place later this year. Hailie, Eva, Layla, Marisa, and Amanda qualify as individuals.

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