Interscolastic Equestrian Association
The MISSION of the IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction.
The IEA PURPOSE is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 11 through 19).
- The IEA Horsemanship Program is open to any youth in Grades 4-12 who is either a Junior Contributing Member, or Rider Member*
- Members who participate in the program will compete in nine quizzes on a variety of topics. Each quiz will be available the first of each month, October through May. When a participant signs up through the IEA Horsemanship Page they will recieve an email with all quizzes for months that they may have missed.
- On June 1st each participant will recieve a Final Quiz. Participants who complete all nine quizzes and recieve 75% or better on the Final Quiz will recieve a commemorative shirt, as well as a certificate of completion.
*Become a Junior Contributing Member for $35. Rider Members can participate in the IEA Horsemanship Program for a $15 fee (in addition to their membership).
The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced. The IEA has set guidelines for the placement of new riders entering the IEA to allow for the unique program format of riding an unfamiliar horse.