A local young lady is participating in the National Championship of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) this week. The competition is taking place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Olivia Robertson, of Speedwell, rides in the IEA, an equestrian program for middle school and high school teams that compete in western horsemanship and reining as well as a hunt seat division (equitation and over fence).
Robertson is the daughter of Adam and Cindi Robertson and is a sophomore at J. Frank White Academy.
There are ten zones of IEA teams covering the United States. Tennessee is represented by teams and riders in Zone 4, which covers Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Riders are required to compete in five shows during the competition season to accumulate enough points to advance to the Zone competition which was held in Perry, Georgia, in March.
Robertson was chosen as the team rider in her division and also qualified as a individual rider to compete in Zones. The top two teams and riders at Zones advanced to nationals.
She was chosen to advance to nationals out of riders from six states.
Robertson rides for Last Lap Ranch in Maryville. Her trainers are Roger and Sandra Elder and Mary Wells. Her team was named Reserve Champions at Zones and advanced to Nationals. Other national qualifiers from Robertson’s team include: Grace Cope, Jessi Sherman, Emma Ferguson, Connor Hobby, Emily Bihl and Josie Holder.
She will ride for her individual placing at the national competition on June 25 and will represent her team riding for their national placing on June 26.
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