BELFAST – This year marks the third anniversary for Seahorse Stable’s IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) program. One of only four teams in the state, Seahorse Stable’s IEA includes middle and high school students from five school districts – Belfast, Mt. View, Camden/Rockport, Hampden and Newcastle. Over the past three years, young riders have traveled throughout New England and brought numerous award’s home to the Mid-coast. To help support the team, Seahorse will host an Open Farm Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 14 at 324 Belmont Avenue.
Open Farm Day will include a performance by the Sugarbush Band, face painting temporary tattoos, fun farm-themed activities and an IEA Demonstration at 1 p.m.The team hopes to raise funds by offering lunch for purchase, $5 and $10 pony rides, raffle baskets, and cake walks throughout the day. The Darling’s Ice Cream Truck for a Cause will also make a special appearance during the event. The event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
“We’re thrilled to have Sugarbush play our inaugural fund-raiser,” said Amy Miller, owner of Seahorse. “As an indie-rock band their music is made for dancing and we have plenty of open space. As both a barn owner and mom, I’m most grateful for the support given to our young team members. They are a dedicated group of riders who compete during the winter when single-digit temperatures are not uncommon.”
IEA is a national association organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition. It offers avid equestrians the opportunity to partake in a team sport. Riders do not need to provide their own horse or tack as the host team arranges for the horses and equipment.