For most of Team SeaHorse it was the final show of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association season on Sunday, Oct. 25 at West Neck Farm. However, for some from the Belfast stables, the competition will continue in the coming weeks.

The IEA season typically runs through the bitter months of February, so riders barely batted an eye at the 34-degree temperatures on Sunday morning, said Amy Miller, of SeaHorse Stables. "The horses, on the other hand, were feeling very frisky,' she said.

Miller said it was "great to horse-show locally" in Damariscotta.

Three other teams competed against Team SeaHorse, including Midcoast Maine of West Neck Farm, Green Acres of Madbury, N.H. and Turning Point of East Kingston, N.H.

SeaHorse Stables' upper school team finished reserve champion and middle school placed third.

Nina Miller, a junior at Belfast Area High School, qualified on the flat for zones in December (venue to be determined) and Mia Rae, a junior at Mount View High School in Thorndike, qualified over fences for zones.

Team SeaHorse walk/trot riders Taylor Thomas and Camille-Rose Bandy finished first and second, respectively, in their final IEA class.

Amy Miller said Jaedon Sanborn will join Sylvia Lee, Shelby Hooper, Hannah and Ally Jones and Sam Kinney in SeaHorse's final IEA show on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Whishmaker Farm in Rollinsford, N.H. At that event, zone team riders will be decided.

"Hopefully the weather will be in our favor," said Amy Miller.

The IEA format has been amended this year due to COVID-19 to eliminate the regional competition and go directly to zones, Amy Miller said.

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