Junior Lauren Stebbins competes recently at Chattahoochee Hills Eventing in Fairburn, Georgia. Photo: Natalie Suto

The Pace equestrian team competed in their final meet of the regular season on Jan. 12. The upper school team placed fourth out of 14 teams, and the middle school team placed fourth out of 11.

Junior Lauren Stebbins placed first on the flat and second over fences, and junior Emily Caton received a third place ribbon in her over fences class. Freshman Maryam Dandashly placed fifth in her flat class.

Stebbins and eighth grader Anna Nuckols have individually qualified for post-season regional finals. They will represent Pace at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers on Sunday, Feb. 10.

In addition, Stebbins has completed the requirements for receiving her letter from the US Equestrian Athlete Program, according to team coach Jolie Cunningham. Coach Cunningham said that “participants in the program must be students in grades 5-12 who document at least 100 hours of training or provide verification of participation in three equestrian competitions during the year.”

“It’s fun to be able to hop on a horse for the first time and see how quickly you can figure it out,” said Stebbins. Those interested in potentially joining the 2019-2020 team (no riding experience necessary), should email team coach Selby Merritt as soon as possible.

Top photo: (L-R) Maryam Dandashly, Lauren Stebbins, Emily Caton, Anna Nuckols and Peach Wilson competed at the Georgia International Horse Park in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association meet on Saturday, Jan. 12. Freshman Gibby Heiser (not pictured) is also a member of the team. Photo: Selby Merritt

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