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Evermore Farms hosts, performs well in IEA equestrian point show
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Members of the Evermore Farms Equestrian Team are shown above. Top Row: Sarah Merritt, Lauren Thompson, Sarah Brown, Kaylee Sheppard, Olivia Rigdon and Jessie Bearden. Middle Row: Ashley O’Neal, Audrey LoBue, Payton Callanan, Madisyne Jackson and Theresa Woods. Bottom Row: Lauren Stringer, Kayla Loy and Rachel Bird. - photo by ROGER ALLEN/special
      Last weekend, Brooklet’s own Evermore Farms hosted an official Interscholastic Equestrian Association Point Show – an equitation competition according to Eleanor Ellis, owner and manager at Evermore.
      Equitation is defined as the act or art of riding a horse. Riders are scored based upon how well they hold their hands and place their heels, as well as on their overall balance and carriage while on their horse. They are not judged on the horse’s performance.
      Evermore’s own team includes girls from Bulloch County schools (Southeast Bulloch Middle & High, Bulloch Academy, Charter Conservatory, Langston Chapel Middle) and schools around the area – Effingham County High, South Effingham County High, Portal Elementary, Bryan County High, Emanuel County Institute and Pinewood Christian Academy.
      Another nine other teams from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina also competed in the event as well.
      The levels of skill ranged from Future Beginner all the way up to Varsity Open, while the degree of challenge ranged from “On the Flat” all the way up to “Over Fences.”
      After Judge Mary Ann Parmalee of Aiken, S.C., tabulated the scores, it was announced that the Evermore Farm Team had captured the Grand Championship Team Award with 40 points.
      Evermore riders Thompson, Brown, Sheppard, O’Neal, Callanan and Stringer all took firsts in their events, while riders Merritt, Thompson, Brown, Sheppard, Rigdon and Bird won seconds.
     Evermore is in Zone Four of the IEA, which is comprised of 63 middle and high school equestrian teams throughout the southeastern United States. They compete in both “Hunt Seat” and “Western” events throughout the year in hopes of going on to the Nationals of the IEA.
      The Finals this year are in Conyers, Ga., at the Georgia International Horse Park.
      The IEA is an affiliate of United States Equestrian Foundation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

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