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Young Riders Top Performances Mark IEA National Equestrian Competition

April 29, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Front Range Equestrian Team - Parker, Colorado, IEA 2015 Upper School Championship team left to right: Shaun Clark (coach), Jordan Eckstadt, Kylie Blair, Molly Hoskins, Lilian Schaefer, Caroline Molther, Allison Zimmerman and Tracye Ferguson (coach).

Front Range Equestrian Team – Parker, Colorado, IEA 2015 Upper School Championship team left to right: Shaun Clark (coach), Jordan Eckstadt, Kylie Blair, Molly Hoskins, Lilian Schaefer, Caroline Molther, Allison Zimmerman and Tracye Ferguson (coach).
(Photo courtesy of IEA)

West Palm Beach, Florida — April 29, 2015 — 396 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals. The finalists represented 1,220 teams and nearly 11,500 student-riders from eight zones throughout the United States. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the 2014–2015 regular season shows, regional and zone finals to qualify for the IEA National Finals competition.

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.

Liftoff Equestrian Team - Versailles, Kentucky, IEA 2015 Middle School Championship Team left to right: Isabela de Sousa, Diana Conlon (coach), Genevieve Heyn

Liftoff Equestrian Team – Versailles, Kentucky, IEA 2015 Middle School Championship team left to right: Isabela de Sousa, Diana Conlon (coach), Genevieve Heyn.
(Photo courtesy of IEA)

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.

Ransome Rombauer - Sonoma Academy, Penngrove, California, 2015 IEA Leading Rider

Ransome Rombauer – Sonoma Academy, Penngrove, California, 2015 IEA Leading Rider. (Photo courtesy of IEA)

The IEA holds the trait of good sportsmanship among rider and coach members to the highest regard. Kate Coffey of the North Gate Equestrian Team from Sudbury, Massachusetts, was awarded the Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for displaying exceptional sportsmanship during the 2015 Hunt Seat National Finals. The Team Spirit Award was presented to the Summer Hills Farm, Flower Mound, Texas.

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.

Summer Hill Farms Equestrian Team - Flower Mound, Texas, 2015 Team Spirit Award left to right: back row:  Myron Leff (IEA founder), Madison Butz, Avery Dukes, Sydney Boren, Alexis Smith, Amy Greene (coach), Melissa Foster, Susan Frey, Christine Johnson, Olivia Donnarumma, Roxane Lawrence (IEA founder).  Front row: Taylor Chahal, Reagan Havron, Alex Arthur, Lauren Lacy, Avery Ackalbein

Summer Hill Farms Equestrian Team – Flower Mound, Texas, 2015 Team Spirit Award left to right: back row: Myron Leff (IEA founder), Madison Butz, Avery Dukes, Sydney Boren, Alexis Smith, Amy Greene (coach), Melissa Foster, Susan Frey, Christine Johnson, Olivia Donnarumma, Roxane Lawrence (IEA founder). Front row: Taylor Chahal, Reagan Havron, Alex Arthur, Lauren Lacy, Avery Ackalbein. (Photo courtesy of IEA)

The IEA is committed to wellness of the horses in all competitions. To recognize the quality of the horses donated for the three-day event, “Seacrest” (owned by the Seacrest Stables from Winter Garden, Florida) was named Outstanding IEA Hunt Seat Horse.

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.

Kate Coffey - North Gate Equestrian Team - Sudbury, Massachusetts, Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for National Finals Sportsmanship left to right: Myron Leff (IEA founder), Kate Coffey

Kate Coffey – North Gate Equestrian Team – Sudbury, Massachusetts, Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for National Finals Sportsmanship left to right: Myron Leff (IEA founder), Kate Coffey. (Photo courtesy of IEA)

Seacrest from Seacrest Stable - Winter Garden, Florida, 2015 IEA Outstanding Horse left to right: Myron Leff (IEA founder), Seacrest, Kate Coffey, Roxane Lawrence (IEA founder)

Seacrest from Seacrest Stable – Winter Garden, Florida, 2015 IEA Outstanding Horse left to right: Myron Leff (IEA founder), Seacrest, Kate Coffey, Roxane Lawrence (IEA founder). (Photo courtesy of IEA)

Founded in 2002, the IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. Unique to the IEA, there is no need to own a horse. Mounts and tack are supplied to each rider at every IEA event. The IEA currently has over 11,000 participants, ages 11–19, across the United States. For additional information, please visit the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.
Jennifer Eaton - 2015 Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Jennifer Eaton – 2015 Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
(Photo courtesy of IEA)

A complete list of riders/teams final standings is available on the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.

Nayel Nassar Makes It Two With Double Dutch

April 11, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Photo by McCool Photography)

Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Photo by McCool Photography)

April 9, 2015 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix kicked off the first of multiple showcase events during the third and final week of the Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic series. With 66 entries in the class, veteran course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) had the complex task of designing a track that would adequately challenge the huge field while being appropriate for the varying levels of competitor experience.

With sixteen efforts consisting of a difficult triple combination, multiple rollbacks, and an accurate track connecting nearly every fence, the course kept competitors on their toes. However, the tight time allowed of 81 seconds was the standout challenge, causing faults for the vast majority of the class and keeping several entries with an otherwise clear round out of the jump-off.

Palacios, who has designed courses in nearly forty countries and world-class events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, and the Central American Games, demonstrated his designing dexterity once more. He hit the target on his ideal of 11 entries clean as a handful of top riders and up-and-coming stars prepared to prove themselves in the jump-off.

Seven elements in a time allowed of 48 seconds made up the twisting course, with three new fences on course, a double combination, and multiple rollbacks that ended in a daring gallop over the final oxer.

Enrique Gonzalez and his own Quilebo du Tillard were first to return. Gonzalez, who represented Mexico at the 2008 Olympics and competed at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games, set a sizzling time to beat, going clear in 35.45 seconds.

Second to return, Nayel Nassar on Nakich Double Dutch (Madeleine Wilson, owner) executed the skills that earned him the top prize in the 2013 HITS Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Stanford graduate, who represented Egypt in the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games as well as the FEI World Cup™ Finals, calculated a slick track.  Riding clean in 35.25 seconds, he narrowly beat Gonzalez.

Several rounds later, Brazilian Eduardo Menezes and Ilan Ferder’s Clear Me turned in the third double-clear in 35.36 seconds to sneak into second place. Partners in business, Gonzalez and Menezes are clearly fierce competitors in the ring.  While developing a solid string of horses, Menezes has set his sights towards competing in his home country at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Eduardo Menezes and Clear Me (Photo by McCool Photography)

Eduardo Menezes and Clear Me (Photo by McCool Photography)

Tanya Levorchick and Zanzibar (Megan Camaisa, owner) were also double clear in a solid 37.55 seconds. Levorchick, a trainer at Logan Hill in San Diego, campaigned Zanzibar successfully throughout the 2014 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix series and placed 8th in the Final during the Las Vegas National Horse Show.

Irish rider Jennifer Crooks and Olivia Cox-Fill’s S.F. Uryadi were second-to-last to come back and laid down the final double-clear round in 39.19.  This pair has a strong history representing Ireland at top-level events such as the 2012 BMO Financial Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows.

Last to return, Allyssa Hecht and Calvatos Z (Neaulani Farms, owner) had the fastest time in the jump-off, zipping through the timers in 35.07 seconds, but an unfortunate rail kept them out of the top spot. Hecht recently earned a second place finish on Calero in last week’s $40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Orange County Register.

Setting the time to beat early on, Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch clinched the win.
“She’s a 13-year-old Dutch-bred mare whose owner lives in Boston. She was here and competed on the mare last week, so I actually haven’t shown this mare in a couple of months.  This is our first class together, so I’m really happy with her,” Nassar explained. “She’s very careful and really fast.  The key is to get her to take a breath when she can and we managed to do that today.”

With two Markel Insurance Grand Prix wins already under his belt, Nassar is thinking seriously about November’s Final at the Las Vegas National. “We are usually on the West Coast then; if plans stay that way I’ll definitely be targeting the class in Vegas.”

Nassar has spent the last three weeks competing at the Blenheim EquiSports Spring Series with plans to go for the win in Saturday’s $50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix on Andrew Ramsay’s Bologna. “It’s been great to be here for three weeks. This is a beautiful facility, with good prizes and footing that has been holding up very well.”

Nayel Nassar and Madeleine Wilson's Nakich Double Dutch, with Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim EquiSports. (Photo by McCool Photography)

Nayel Nassar and Madeleine Wilson’s Nakich Double Dutch, with Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim EquiSports.
(Photo by McCool Photography)

The host of showcase events continue tomorrow in the Grand Prix field, as the hunters take the stage in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, honoring Arthur Hawkins. On Saturday the show jumping excitement returns in the $50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc. at 3:30pm.

RESULTS
$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix

 Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1. 454 – Nakich Double Dutch – Nayel Nassar – Madeleine Wilson – 0/0/35.253
2. 870 – Clear Me – Eduardo Menezes – Ilan Ferder – 0/0/35.365
3. 874 – Quilebo du Tillard – Enrique Gonzalez – Enrique Gonzalez – 0/0/35.451
4. 442 – Zanzibar – Tanya Levorchick – Megan Camaisa – 0/0/37.553
5. 112 – S.F. Uryadi – Jennifer Crooks – Olivia Cox-Fill – 0/0/39.194
6. 432 – Calvatos Z – Allyssa Hecht- Neaulani Farms – 0/4/35.071
7. 791 – Cantori – Andrew Kocher – Aleece Jarman – 0/4/35.210
8. 561 – Baldira – Ray Texel – Mirador Equestrian + Paul Schockemöhle – 0/8/35.191
9. 212 – Santa Catarina LS La Silla – Bretton Chad – Stone Ridge Farms, LLC – 0/8/36.025
10. 232 – San Diego – Danielle Korsh – Danielle Korsh – 0/8/38.840
11. 582 – Paloma – Keri Potter – Melanie Brooks – 0/EL
12. 459 – Unlimited – Josephina Nor Lantzman – Josephina Nor Stables, LLC – 1/81.129

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include USEF “A” and “AA” rated hunter-jumper shows featuring a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League qualifying grand prix, USHJA International Hunter Derbies, Pony Finals, Medal Finals and more.

Deloitte Announces Sponsorship of Dressage Rider Laura Graves

April 08, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Laura Graves on the cover of the February issue of Sidelines Magazine. (Photo credit: Triple Stitch Photography)

Laura Graves on the cover of the February issue of Sidelines Magazine. (Photo credit: Triple Stitch Photography)

Editor’s Note: Laura and Diddy were featured on the cover of the February Sidelines issue and we are proud to share the good news about her sponsorship! Congratulations Laura!

Laura Graves (left), Verdades "Diddy," and Judy Sloan (Photo courtesy of Deloitte)

Laura Graves (left), Verdades (“Diddy”) and Judy Sloan
(Photo courtesy of Deloitte)

Marks one of the first and only dressage individual rider sponsorships in professional services field

April 4, 2015 – Wellington, Florida – Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services firms offering audit, advisory, consulting and tax services, has announced its sponsorship of dressage champion Laura Graves. This marks Deloitte’s first sponsorship of an individual equestrian athlete. Deloitte is a strong supporter of Olympic Sport athletes; in working with Deloitte, Laura will enjoy the benefits that an affiliation with Deloitte provides while being given the support to focus on her competitive goals.

“This is an exciting milestone for us,” commented Deloitte Principal Judith Sloan. “I have been watching Laura’s journey closely over the past six years – during that time, she has demonstrated the pursuit of excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork and determination that we look for in both our own talent and the athletes whom we sponsor,” she added.

Laura Graves and Judy Sloan discuss the sponsorship at a press conference . (Photo courtesy of Deloitte)

Laura Graves and Judy Sloan discuss the sponsorship at a press conference. (Photo courtesy of Deloitte)

“I am both thrilled and honored to be a part of Deloitte’s group of athletes,” said Laura. “The firm’s support will allow me the freedom to focus on my goals and my horse as we move towards the World Cup, the Pan Am Games and hopefully on to Rio in 2016,” she added.

Sloan, an equestrian herself, is especially excited about Deloitte’s involvement in equestrian sport as it is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete on a level playing field. “At Deloitte, we are totally focused on the development and success of our people, and we place a strong and balanced focus on the leadership development of both men and women; I have been a huge beneficiary of that focus, and it’s exciting to now align our values with those of equestrian competitors,” Sloan commented.

Deloitte is one of the world’s largest professional services firms in the world. With 210,000 people in 100 countries, the firm has one single focus: serving its clients with distinction to help them solve their toughest problems.