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Friday, April 25, 2014

8th Grader Rides to Equestrian National Finals

Chase Robinson, a Brooks Wester Middle School 8th grader, qualified and advanced to a national equestrian contest in May. Chase, pictured at right, is an off campus athletics student who participates in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). Within IEA, students ride horses that are furnished by the host barn and chosen by random draw equalizing competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants. Points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments and for overall, team accomplishments. Individuals and teams earn points to qualify for regional, zone and national finals.

Chase earned enough points throughout the 2013-14 show season to qualify for Zone Finals. She competed in the IEA Zone 7 Finals held on April 5-6 , 2014 in Amarillo, TX against other qualifying students from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. During this competition she earned a First place title, advancing her to the IEA 2014 Hunt Seat National Finals in Springfield, MA (just outside of Boston) held May 16-18, 2014. She was the only team member achieving this advancement.

Congratulations, Chase Robinson!