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Hillside Meadows’ High School and Middle School Equestrians Ride to IEA National Championships in Oklahoma City

GRAFTON -Monika Ernenwein and Cara SanFratello both of Grafton compete in Oklahoma City for the IEA National Finals.



Oklahoma, July 1, 2013- 150 of the nation's leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 27-29, 2013. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) student-riders competed in the Western discipline during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are alliance partners of the IEA and sponsored the event. The finalists represented 33 teams from seven zones throughout the United States. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the 2012-2013 regular season shows and zone finals to qualify for the IEA National Finals competition.  


Riders competed in reining and horsemanship contests. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, each rider draws a horse the day of competition and enters the show arena with no opportunity to familiarize themselves with their mount.  


Monika Ernenwein and Cara SanFratello are members of Grafton’s Hillside Meadows Equestrian Center’s IEA team coached by Amber Woodruff.  Monika Ernenwein finish 4th in the nation for the High School Varsity Open Reining-Individual erning her a $500 scholarship, while Cara SanFratello finished 10th in the Middle School Future Intermediate Horsemanship -Individual.

Hillside Meadows is now recruiting middle school and high school students for both their western and hunt seat IEA teams.  More information about Hilside Meadows and their IEA teams can be found at www.hillside-meadows.com and further information about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association can be found at www.rideiea.com.  

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