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Pony Club Member Wins IEA Horsemanship Test

Tuesday, June 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Pony Club Member Wins IEA Horsemanship Test

June 17, 2014 (Lexington, KY) – Emily Koss-Stephany, from the Apple Valley Pony Club in the Central New England Region won the Overall award for the Holy Innocents Horsemanship Test, presented by The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., held at the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals at Springfield, Massachusetts on May 16-18, 2014.


The Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Horsemanship Test was created to promote good horsemanship among IEA equestrian athletes. It is intended to compliment the IEA’s mission to educate younger equestrians in all areas of equestrian studies and focuses on the belief that horsemanship always comes first. This year’s test was sponsored by The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) and incorporated Pony Club’s Manuals of Horsemanship and other study materials.


Rounding out the top four winners were Hanna Bentz of Boca Raton, Florida; Carly Hundley of Ellicott City, Maryland; and Maddie Logeman of Powell, Ohio.


In addition, Team Silent Knight, from Krum, Texas, who received the highest combined scores of their top four participants, has been invited to send a team of four to attend the USPC Quiz Challenge to be held July 15-18 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY during Pony Club’s Festival. USPC Festival is a triennial event that combines Championships competition with educational clinics, demonstrations, and presentations.


About IEA: The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was formed and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Classes are offered in hunt seat, western and saddleseat; and in four ability levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, and open. Any combination of ability levels on a team is permissible, but it is advantageous to have at least one rider in every class to be competitive as a team. Riders in grades 6-8 are eligible for Middle School Teams while riders in grade 9-12 compete at the High School level. Points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments AND for overall, team accomplishments. Teams take turns hosting horse shows throughout the season. Students do not need to own a horse, as they ride horses that are furnished by the host barn and chosen by random draw. The use of personal tack is not allowed and limited schooling is permitted. This equalizes competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants. www.rideiea.com


About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. www.ponyclub.org.

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