Zone 11 Region 1
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was founded in 2002 to support the athletic efforts of middle and high school equestrians throughout the United States. The IEA provides membership and event structure for students to participate in Hunt Seat and Western competitions. The IEA attempts to help eliminate some expenses associated with horse showings, which allows more students to compete. Students ride horses that are provided by the host barn and chosen by drawing lots which levels the playing field.
Riders from 6th grade through 12th grade are eligible to participate at IEA horse shows from September through April with classes offered from riders able to walk, trot, and canter in a group up to riders who jump 2’6”. Riders compete both individually and as a team in hopes of earning enough points to qualify for Regional finals. Winning teams and riders at Regionals then move on to the Zone finals. Winning teams at Zones get to move onto the National Finals.
Rider requirements and expectations:
All team members are required to participate in one team practice per week. Team practices run in a format that is similar to what you will see at a show and is therefore not meant to take the place of your regularly scheduled lesson. Each member can show five regular season shows with the goal of earning 18 points to qualify for regionals.
The 2017-2018 IEA season was our best season yet! We had 18 riders qualify for Regionals, as well as both the high school and middle school team. We have five riders who advanced onto Zones and our middle school team advanced also!
Questions about the IEA Team:
Barn: (412) 741-6822