Saylor Hart, a sophomore at Foxcroft School, earned herself a trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Championships last weekend with a terrific performance. The Keswick, VA resident was second out of 12 riders in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences class at the IEA Zone 3 Finals in Lexington, VA ..

wIEA ZONES. 3.2016 (KW) IMG_2581Hart is one of only 24 riders from across the country who will gather at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, KY, on April 20-24 to compete in this division. The IEA is the largest scholastic riding organization in the United States with more than 12,500 middle and high school riders participating in Hunt Seat and Western competitions across 42 states.

“She adapted her riding style to suit her mount and had a very correct and thoughtful ride over her course,” reported Director of Riding Kate Worsham, who trains the entire Foxcroft Riding Team. “The competition in the Intermediate division was very strong, but Saylor was able to draw on her strong technique and maintain her composure to carry her through.”

Three other riders competed at the Zone 3 finals and did themselves and Foxcroft proud. Freshman Kayla Lee (Austin, TX) just missed qualifying for Nationals with a fourth-place finish in the Varsity Intermediate Flat class. Riding in the Varsity Open division, senior Meghann Harmon (Middleburg, VA). put in a “solid ride,” to place 7th out of 12 competitors on the Flat and freshman Clair Newton (Leesburg, VA). showed poise and potential in the Over Fences class.

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