Pinewood Equestrian Riders qualify for nationals
The Pinewood Equestrian Team recently competed in the IEA ZONE 4 FINALS in Braselton, Ga.
Teams from five southeastern states competed to earn the right to compete at IEA Nationals to be held over the summer. To advance to the next level, teams must place first or second overall and those competing individually must place first or second in their event. Pinewood competed in both the team and individual events.
Saturday began with senior Kara Guertin winning the Varsity Open Horsemanship Team class. Next up was freshman Hannah Givens, who placed second in JV Novice Horsemanship Team. Senior Ali Clynes Schmieding brought home a second place prize in the Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship Individual to earn a place at Nationals. Sophomore Elizabeth Soyka also gave a strong performance, placing fifth in Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship Individual.
The last class of the day was Varsity Open Reining Individual. Kara Guertin placed third and Junior Aurie Engel Schmieding placed sixth.
The girls were back at it again on Sunday morning when Kara Guertin brought home the blue in her Varsity Open Horsemanship Individual to earn a spot at Nationals. Aurie Engel Schmieding was also in this class and she placed fourth.
Hannah Givens place fourth in her JV Novice Horsemanship Individual class. Ali Clynes Schmieding was next up in the Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship Team and place third. The last class of the day was Varsity Open Reining Team, where Kara Guertin placed sixth.
Overall the Pinewood team placed fifth. Senior Kara Guertin was the Varsity Open High Point Rider for the weekend. Seniors Ali Clynes and Kara Guertin will both be competing at IEA Nationals in Oklahoma City this summer.
Both Ali Clynes Schmieding and Kara Guertin should be proud of the legacy they leave behind. Both girls have been on the team since its first year as a varsity sport and both will compete at the next level at college next year.
“Our hope is for the entire team to qualify for Nationals in the next year or two,” Ali Clynes’ said.
Kara agreed and added, “and for more girls to receive equestrian based scholarships to attend the college of their choice.”