Alverno Junior Jumps to Victory

Eryn Blakely on Havana Knights, photo by Lara Larramendi, courtesy of Alverno High School

Alverno High School junior Eryn Blakely won three blue ribbons at Showcase Stables’ horse show in Redlands. It was her first competition riding Havana Knights. Eryn calls the event a “warm-up” to see where she and the 16.2 hand thoroughbred are in preparation to represent Alverno in the first IEL (Interscholastic Equestrian League)show at the end of October at Hansen Dam.

And a very successful warm-up it was! Eryn and Havana Knights won three blue ribbons in the Baby Green Jumper Division, which is open to horses in their first two years of jumping competition.

She also won a Blue Medal in the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association mini-medal competition which is open to all Junior/Amateur riders who have not competed over fences higher than 2’3″, and 3rd place in the IEHJA Flat Medal competition for riders who have not competed over fences 2’6″ & higher.

Ms. Blakely, Havana Knights, and their blue ribbons, photo by Lara Larramendi, courtesy of Alverno High School

“Havana was pretty challenging when he came to our barn, but he’s come a long way,” says Eryn. “This show was a test to see what height he could do. It was a big confidence booster for both of us.”

The Alverno mission: to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Alverno High School is the independent, Catholic college-prep high school for girls in Sierra Madre. Its college-prep curriculum and emphasis on leadership attracts students from public and private schools throughout the San Gabriel Valley.