The IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) is a national organization for middle and high school students modeled after the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) hosted by colleges and universities around the country. Unlike traditional horse shows all riders participate on horses that are unfamiliar to them. The mounts and the tack are all provided by a host Team. Riders have a short orientation period before the show starts to familiarize themselves with the horses gait and tendencies. All scores are based on the horsemanship of the riders rather than on the capability of the horse. High school and middle school riders compete at regional shows with an opportunity for the top performers going on to participate in National competitions. Students can win not only recognition and prizes, but scholarships as well. The IEA is a great stepping stone to collegiate competition. It is also a unique opportunity for riders to participate as a team in what is usually an individual sporting event.
Stonehaven Farms has recently developed an IEA Team. The Stonehaven Equestrian IEA Team participated in their first Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show in October of 2011 and competed in shows throughout the winter. Riders from both the Middle School and High School Teams have earned enough points individually and as a team to qualify in the Regional Finals in March. Both teams were only one of three teams to advance to Regionals. Of all 66 riders qualifying for Regionals, 10 riders are from the Stonehaven Equestrian Team. Winners at Regionals would advance to Zone Finals at Roberts Arena in Wilminton, OH the end of March. Nationals are in Syracuse, NY in April.
It doesn’t matter where you go to school, where you ride, where you board, or whether or not you own a horse: if you are in 6th through 12th grade you can join our team!