Wilmot's Solomon named equestrian championStaff Report July 11. 2017 11:42PM
In her first year in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), Rette Solomon of Wilmot was named National Champion in the JV Novice Division at the National Competition in Oklahoma City.
Solomon was one of two qualifiers from Zone 1 and the only National Champion this year from New England in the July 1 event.
Solomon was awarded a custom saddle from Equine Oasis, a champion belt buckle from Rod’s, a commemorative silver plate, a silver photo frame and an engraved leather bracelet as part of her prize package.
Solomon rides for Cedar Ridge Equestrians of Barre, Vt., and is coached by American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Professional, Kimberly Bisson.
Solomon qualified for the Zone 1/New England Finals by acquiring the necessary winning points through a series of riding competitions during the IEA Season from October 2016 through April.
The Zone 1 Competition was held on May 20 in Falmouth, Mass.; Solomon was named champion at that event.
“The IEA provides unique aspects of horse riding competitions, both at the local and national level, in that none of the riders supply their own horses or tack,” according to a news release announcing Solomon’s win. “Instead, a host team arranges for the horses and equipment, putting the rider on a horse they are unfamiliar with. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation.”
The IEA has more than 12,500 participants across 42 states.