GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Richmond resident Siena Gamberoni helped the Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s upppper school take home the championship at the 2020 Interscholastic Equestrian Association Regionals last weekend.
Stoneleigh-Burnham's upper school and middle school teams each won team titles in the event at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) eighth grader Jessica Romano and ninth grader Ava Smith also qualified individually for Zone 1 Finals on the flat and over fences. Middle school team riders advancing to Zones include: Chaya Friedman, Claire Drahzal, Jessica Romano and Skye Evans.
Upper school team riders advancing to Zones include: Ava Smith, Julia Yuan, Madeline Johnson and Gamberoni, a member of the school's Class of 2020. Both the individuals and teams will compete at Zones the weekend of March 28-29 at The Big E in Springfield along with riders from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
Stoneleigh-Burnham has consistently qualified individual riders for Zone 1 Finals each year, and the IEA coaches are thrilled to also be sending two very competitive teams to Zones this year.
“These riders have worked hard in lessons all year," Stonleigh-Burnham instructor Emma Milford said. "We are so proud of how well they performed at Regionals. Not only are they great athletes, they also continually support each other throughout the entire process.”
Director of Riding Mina Payne echoed the thought.
“The teams’ dedication to the horses, their performance, and their camaraderie is inspiring," Payne said.
Top teams and individuals at Zone 1 Finals will travel to Los Angeles at the end of April to compete for national titles at IEA Nationals.
Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Equestrian Center is located on their 100-acre campus in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Approximately one-third of the students participate in the riding program. Lessons are taught by licensed trainers and include hunters, jumpers, equitation, eventing, dressage, and equine studies. SBS is the only secondary school in the U.S. to offer the British Horse Society Certification program, a professional course of study for future horse trainers, riding instructors, and barn managers.
During the summer, SBS also offers the premier Bonnie Castle Riding Camp, which has been instructing girls ages 8-16 in hunters, jumpers, equitation, eventing, dressage, and equine studies for over 30 years. The 2020 BCRC camps run July 5-18 and July 19-Aug. 1. To learn more, please visit sbschool.org/equestrian.
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