Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pasco Middle Student Saddles up for National Horse Riding Competition
Land O’ Lakes, FL — (April 13, 2017) — Bridget Berry, a seventh-grader at Pasco Middle School and member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has qualified to compete at the IEA National in Lexington, Virginia on April 21.
Berry, who also is enrolled in the Cambridge Programme at Pasco Middle, has been riding horses for seven years, and this is only her second year on the IEA team. She placed first at both the Central Florida Regionals and Zone 4 Southeastern States competitions, becoming the only member of her team to qualify for the national competition. She will compete against other middle school students from throughout the country in the Hunter Division. Pasco Middle School principal Jeffrey Wolff said he hopes Berry will “bring home a victory.”
Unlike other competitions, riders do not ride their own horse at IEA events. Instead, they draw the name of the horse they will ride moments before entering the show ring. After receiving a brief description of their horse’s demeanor, riders take one practice lap and one practice jump. The purpose of using an unfamiliar horse is to create a level playing field among veteran and less experienced riders.