The first year of the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) has started off with a bang! In its first year of running, IEL has over 89 teams registered with the USEA, 479 IEL members, and 31 IEL team challenges that have already taken place. As the 2021 competition season is a little over halfway through the year, there are several teams that have stood out. See below for the latest records, wins, and overall IEL team participation.
The IEL team with the most wins: The Area II Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) team has been on the winning team a total of six times.
The IEL team with the most participation in a team challenge: The Area II YRAP team has participated in over 14 IEL team challenges.
The IEL team with the lowest finishing score at a team challenge: Wilmerding Equestrian at the Essex July H.T. with a final team score of 74.91.
The IEL team with the most members: The Area II YRAP team which has a total of 101 members on their team roster.
Winners of the IEL team challenge:
Ocala Winter I H.T. - Team Garth made up of Chloe Johnson, Kenna Jensen, Camdyn Rahe, Brooks Searcy on a team score of 96.39.
Plantation Field H.T. - ES Eventing made up of Lillian Kager, Lily Kratz, and Carson Aimee won on a team score of 95.24.
Holly Hill H.T. - Team Conrad made up of Charlotte Bigby, Caroline Barhardt, and Ava Staton on a score of 80.4.
Waredaca H.T. - A scramble team of Good Counsel Eventing and ES Eventing made up of Addison Kasley, Emerson Kasley, and Charlotte Depoe on a score of 98.69.
Fair Hill H.T. - An Area II YRAP team made up of Delaney O’Neil, Isabella Craft, and Giana Fernandez on a team score of 101.34.
New Jersey Region’s H.T. - Wilmerding Equestrian team made up of Charlotte Carrajat, Willow Palmer, Leeci Rowsell, and Abby Fodor on a team score of 101.59.
MCTA H.T. - Full Moon Farm team made up of Carla Lindsay, Virginia Burns, Elizabeth Burns, Payton Myers on a team score of 95.22.
VHT Spring H.T. - A scramble team of Jubilee Jr. and Area II YRAP made up of Natalie Wood, Kristen Wood, Lainey Phillips, and Gabriella Rogers with a team score of 107.29.
Plantation Field H.T. II - Area II YRAP Team 1 made up of Noah Stanlaske, Johannah Stahl, Joei Rettenmyer, and Cat Karp on a team score of 108.77.
VHT H.T. II - A scramble team of Eternal Atake and Area II YRAP made up of Gloria Huber, Katrina Kottra, and Madison Chisholm on a team score of 101.33.
Fox River Pony Club H.T. - No Gelding, No Glory team made up of Sarah Harrison, Jordan Scroggins, Lilli Villareal, and Ella Scherer on a team score of 101.39.
Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. - A scramble team of Full Moon Farm, CSJ Eventing Team, and Valinor. This team was made up of Emily Warren, Jordan Dawson, Cadence Theroux, and Elle Stephenson, and they finished on a team score of 106.94.
Maryland International H.T. - A scramble team with ASGO Eventing and Area II YRAP that was made up of Ainsley Colgan, Paige Ramsey, Caroline Brown, Aylah Dhruv on a team score of 95.24.
Apple Knoll Farm H.T. - AKF Team made up of Elizaveta Goldfisher, Lucinda Hosford, Meredith Ehrenzeller, and Emerson Bergan on a team score of 96.07.
Essex July H.T. - Wilmerding Equestrian made up of Olivia Iskra, Charlotte Carajett, Willow Palmer, and Leeci Rowsell on an impressive team score of 74.91.
Maryland II H.T. - Area II YRAP Team 3 made up of Maya Kozauer, Caroline Brown, Emma Wick, and Jenna Levesque on another impressive team score of 79.65.
Full Moon Farm July H.T. - Area II YRAP Team 2 made up of Rachel Namrow, and Maggie Buchanan on two horses with a team score of 82.6.
For the full IEL team challenge results, please click here.
There are 16 team challenges that have yet to take place in 2021. Stay tuned to the USEA website for IEL results and updates!
About the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League
In August 2020, the USEA Board of Governors approved the creation of the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) as an official program of the USEA. The mission of IEL is to bring together junior riders who are in the 7-12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. A group of junior members in the 7th-12th grade who share a common bond (same barn, same school, same Pony Club, etc.) register with the USEA as an interscholastic team. Click here to learn more about the Interscholastic Eventing League.
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