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2019 I.E.A. National Western Semi-Finals QUALIFIERS: “Sassy Señoritas & Señor” South Texas Youth Equestrian Team. Left to Right: Charity Harris, Reanna Santos, Alivia Eindorf, Cannon Tamburello, Mimi Carlisle-King, JoLeann Besancon, Sage Armstrong , Payton Loxton, Elle Reinwalt, Jordan Fleugal, Hope Adams, Cortlyn Miller, Lauren Pursley and Malena Lopez. KAREN HARRIS

2019 I.E.A. National Western Semi-Finals QUALIFIERS: “Sassy Señoritas & Señor” South Texas Youth Equestrian Team. Left to Right: Charity Harris, Reanna Santos, Alivia Eindorf, Cannon Tamburello, Mimi Carlisle-King, JoLeann Besancon, Sage Armstrong , Payton Loxton, Elle Reinwalt, Jordan Fleugal, Hope Adams, Cortlyn Miller, Lauren Pursley and Malena Lopez. KAREN HARRIS

The “Sassy Senoritas Y Senor” Interscholastic Equestrian Association (I.E.A.) have qualified to compete in the National Western Semi Finals in Murfreesboro, TN on April 6 & 7 and they could use your help in getting there.

This team consists of high school and middle school students and it is a huge accomplishment for all of these talented young Texas equestrians.

I.E.A. is a National Equestrian Youth Organization where none of the riders are required to own a horse and memberships are open to public schools, private schools, or barn teams for riders in grades 4-12.

Here are some facts about this organization:

Riders do not need to own a horse; classes are offered in 4 levels, beginner, novice, intermediate & open; riders in grades 6-8 are eligible for Middle School Teams while riders in grades 9-12 compete at the High School level; points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments and for overall, team accomplishments, individuals and teams earn points to qualify for regional, zone and national finals; teams take turns hosting horse shows throughout the season; competition season starts September 1 and ends at the National Finals in late spring/early summer and students ride horses that are furnished by the host barn and chosen by random draw, the use of personal tack is not allowed and limited schooling is permitted, this equalizes competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants.

In order for the 11 team members and coach to compete in Tennessee, a large amount of travel and show expenses will be incurred. We have provided an estimated cost breakdown PER RIDER:

Show Fees (judge’s fees & rider’s class fees) – $150

Transportation (air fare, car rental & fuel) – $575

Lodging & Meals – $275

This brings the total estimate for travel and show to $1,000 per person, this is a 12-member team including the coach.

The “Sassy Señoritas & Señor” will be working diligently to raise travel and show expenses by selling their FAN T-shirts to their friends and family members. You can contact a “Sassy” team member or a parent to order you own T-shirt to help these team members get to the competition.

In addition to their anticipated income raised from their FAN T-shirt sales, plus each rider’s personal financial contributions, their financial goal for their team’s expenses are $5,000.

A donation of $500 or more will get you the Gold Level Donor status and your business name will be on their FAN T-shirts.

Here is a list of the team members and where they are from: Lauren, College Station; Malena, Houston; Cannon, Harper; Alivia, La Grange; Jordan, McAllen; Charity, Poteet; Layla, Madisonville; Elle, West; Reanna, Angelton; Sage, San Angelo; JoLeann, Pleasanton; Hope, Katy; and Mimi, San Angelo.

“Charity Harris and JoLeann Besancon are both very fortunate to be a part of this elite South Texas equestrian team”, said Karen Harris, assistant coach. “Charity has competed on this team for four years, and Jo for one year. When they compete in April at the I.E.A. National Western Semi- Finals, they will be riding against the top tier riders in the nation. This is an incredible accomplishment! We should all be proud to have these two young equestrian of this caliber from our county!”

Thank you for your support of these talented equestrians as they pursue their dreams! Your donation will help ease the financial burden for these riders and their parents. Please go to www.rideiea.org to donate.

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