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Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals
Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The HIES Equestrian Club Team rode into the Olympic Horse Park in Conyers early last Saturday morning, Feb. 23,  with high hopes. If they could finish either first or second among the 22 competing teams, they’d earn a trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 4 finals in Ocala, FL, March 22-24.

Fourteen long hours later, both the Middle and Upper School teams had not only earned their trips, but a number of riders had also qualified for individual events at the championships! The Middle School team won its division outright, and the Upper-Schoolers took second. Individual qualifiers (you must finish in the top three of an event to qualify) include: seniors Kendall Krebs and Katherine Parsons; juniors Annie Kuniansky and Savannah Cohen, plus team member Grace Porter of Marist; freshman Emmy Reynolds; 8th-grader Grace Asbury; 7th-graders Maggie Lewis and Andrea Smith; and 6th-grade team member Caitlin Howie of the Heritage School. To top it off, Holy Innocents' senior Addie Ponder received the Sportsmanship Award! After an exhausting competition that didn’t finish until after 9 p.m., new coach Mandy Marger, an accomplished equestrian who has competed nationally for years, could finally relax, smile, and soak it all in. She said she’s excited to bring her young riders to Florida and expects them to perform with the same excellence, grace, and sportsmanship that have become hallmarks of the HIES program. Zone 4 covers the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida. It is among the most competitive zones in the entire country.