Pinewood equestrians qualify for IEA Zone Finals
The Pinewood Prep Equestrian Team hosted the Coastal Classic IEA Western Competition last weekend at Mullet Hall on Johns Island.
The event had eight high school and middle school teams attend from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in two separate competitions.
In the morning events, Hannah Givens, Elizabeth Soyka and Kara Guertin had strong Horsemanship rides and the score was tied between Pinewood, Hammond and Central Carolina heading into the reining events.
Following the reining, Pinewood was tied for second place, but fell to third in a tiebreaker.
Guertin placed first in both horsemanship and reining which earned her the Varsity High Point Open Rider Award for the morning competition.
In the Afternoon competition, Aurie Engel Schmieding, Givens and Soyka had strong Horsemanship rides and Pinewood led going into reining. Pinewood Seniors Ali Clynes Schmieding and Guertin put in strong reining rides and the team came away with the win for the afternoon.
Guertin earned the High Point Open Varsity Rider Award in the afternoon competition as well.
The Pinewood Western Team has now qualified for the Zone 4 Finals to be held April 6-7 in Braselton, Ga.
The team will also compete during the SCISA State Championship Equestrian Meet to be held in Sumter on March 9.