IDA Nationals 2017
On April 28th, dressage riders Kirsten Drew, Kelsey Poleyeff, Emily Grzeda, Sarah Kingsbury and Coach Courtney Previte hopped on a plane to New Jersey to represent MUET at IDA Nationals at Centenary University. Kirsten competed in the quiz challenge and placed 4th. The team attended the carnival themed Nationals Banquet Friday evening, where the draw for individual competition occurred, and the team ate delicious food and posed for pictures at the photo booth.
Saturday was the individual competition, where Kirsten Drew competed in First Level. Kirsten rode Bordento, and placed top ten in the nation! After Kirsten’s ride, the team had some free time before the awards ceremony, so they explored the town of Clinton, NJ. It was an adorable little town on a river, with an old red wool mill that makes for a picturesque landscape. After lunch at a unique train themed diner and some exploring, the team traveled back to Centenary for the awards. After the ceremony, the whole team and their families went to dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant.
Sunday brought on the team competition beginning with Kirsten Drew in the first level test, she rode Romeo provided by Cazenovia College and placed fifth. Kelsey Poleyeff rode next in the upper training on a horse named Willow provided by Centenary placing 12th in the class. After the lunch break we began with Emily Grzeda in the lower training who placed 5th on Paramore provided by Centenary. Finishing out the day in the intro class was Sarah Kingsbury riding Chester provided by Centenary University. Sarah and Chester finished up in 7th place. The team finished up in 8th place in the country! Great job Redhawks!