Friday, April 15, 2011

Student Qualifies for Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals

Berwick Academy Upper School sophomore, Camden Carter of York, ME, who rides with the York Equestrian Team, placed 4th in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences Hunt Seat class against eleven other riders at Zone 1 Finals held at Mount Holyoke College recently. This placement qualifies her for National Finals at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, at the end of April. Camden rides with trainer and coaches, Kate McDaniel, Stephanie Plaisted and Deanna Kravetz at Greystone Stables in Berwick, Maine.
In addition, there were twelve competing IEA upper school teams at this event. The top five teams proceed to the Nationals. The York Team placed 4th, qualifying them also to compete at Nationals. The team includes members from several surrounding seacoast communities. Riders at an IEA competition do not use their own horses or tack. Host teams supply all horses and equipment for students at the show. The horse is new to the rider and scores are based on rider skill and horsemanship, not the horse.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association objectives are designed to promote upper and middle school equestrians as athletes with organized competitive opportunities, education in equine sports, safe riding instruction and competition as well as some opportunities to earn scholarships toward college education. For more information about IEA riding you can visit their website at
Camden participates on the Berwick Academy JV hockey and soccer teams in addition to the York Equestrian team. Camden and her teammates will compete in the national finals on Thursday, April 28 in Maryland.
Photo caption: Berwick Academy sophomore Camden Carter of York recently qualified to participated in a National Finals equestrian competition in Maryland. (Courtesy photo)