The mission of IEA is to introduce
students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11
through 19) to equestrian sports
For student equestrians in grades
6-12, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was established in the
spring of 2002 and held its first annual national finals event the following
year in Willoughby, Ohio. A non-profit organization, the IEA has grown both
geometrically and geographically each year. Beginning with just 200 participants,
the IEA now has over 8,000 members in 32 states across North America.
The IEA supports two disciplines: Hunt Seat and Western. There is no need
for any rider to own a horse because competition horses are provided at each
venue to the contestant.
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).
To fulfill its purpose, the IEA offers guidance regarding the
creation and development of school and/or barn associated equestrian programs.
IEA coaches aim to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports
through organized student competitions and additional equine educational
Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their
college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship
In 2011, the IEA established the
Benevolent Fund to assist riders and coaches in need through programs such as
the IEA Financial Assistance Program and the IEA Coaches Assistance Grant.
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.
The IEA is an affiliate of the
National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
- To encourage
recognition for middle and secondary school equestrians and to promote the equestrian as an athlete.
- To provide riders
with organized competitive opportunities.
- To introduce new
riders to equine sports.
- To promote the IEA
among its constituencies.
- To provide riders
with opportunities to further their education in equine sports and
- To encourage
liaison with other equestrian associations for the betterment of equestrian
- To encourage a
higher standard of coaching and instruction.
- To provide
information concerning the creation and development of mounted and non-mounted
- To establish and
enforce IEA rules,standards and
- To keep pace with
the continuing progress of equestrian sports and to encourage good
- To generally
promote the common interests of riding instruction and competition, and
education on matters related to all segments of the horse industry.
- To develop team and
- To establish a
foundation to support the continuing mission of the IEA.