Notre Dame Prep equestrians headed to national championship

NDP equestrians Elle Haugland, Eliane Haro and Fallon O’Connell (submitted photo)

NDP equestrians Elle Haugland, Eliane Haro and Fallon O’Connell (submitted photo)

Notre Dame Preparatory sophomores Eliane Haro and Fallon O’Connell will compete at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Championship set for April 20-24 in Lexington, Ky.

Ms. Haro qualified to compete as an individual on the Flat (walk/trot/canter), and both riders qualified to compete in team competition as members of Team Scottsdale in the Flat and Over Fences divisions. NDP junior and Team Scottsdale member Elle Haugland also will attend IEA Nationals as the Zone 8 Representative for the organization’s National Youth Board of Directors, according to a press release.

The three students recently competed with great success against riders from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii in the College Preparatory Invitational at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Ms. O’Connell won her Flat and Over Fences events and was named High Point Rider. Ms. Haro placed second on Flat and fifth Over Fences. Ms. Haugland was third Over Fences and sixth on Flat.

The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate high school riders about the college equestrian experience and provides resources to assist with the college selection process.

In an effort to encourage academic excellence and social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academic achievement and community service.

The three equestrians train with Team Scottsdale coach Kathy Johnson at Willoway Farm/Herrick Stables in Phoenix, the release stated.

Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 900 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

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