What is IEA?

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 three disciplines: Hunt Seat, Western and Saddle Seat. 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 opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.

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.

IEA Competition Format

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).

IEA Goals:

  • 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 equine-related matters.
  • To encourage liaison with other equestrian associations for the betterment of equestrian sports.
  • To encourage a higher standard of coaching and instruction.
  • To provide information concerning the creation and development of mounted and non-mounted equestrian programs.
  • To establish and enforce IEA rules, standards and policies.
  • To keep pace with the continuing progress of equestrian sports and to encourage good horsemanship.
  • 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 individual sportsmanship.
  • To establish a foundation to support the continuing mission of the IEA.

Equestrian Spotlight June 2014 – Avi

Avi started riding 3 years ago when she went to a camp with horseback riding. She really enjoy it so she started taking lessons!

Avi was inspired to ride by being closer to nature and wanting to become friends with the horses. Also, she likes feeling the energy below her when she rides.

Avi attends Kings. She also likes to run track, play soccer, and basketball.

Her goals for riding are to jump higher and get better at cross country. Also, she wants to get a first at a show and learn liberty training.


Avi & Goodie at Greater Dayton HT 2014


Avi & Bowie

Equestrian Spotlight May 2014 – Sarah

Sarah Giesy is our May Equestrian in the Spotlight!
She started riding around the age of 5 and 6, though she didn’t start seriously riding until she was 7.

When she was younger, she loved everything that dealt with horses. From pony rides to little figurines. She couldn’t get enough of the gentle giants! May of Sarah’s friends had been riding by that time, so that just added to her excitement and passion.

Sarah is a 7th grader at Kings Junior High.
Her goals pertaining riding is to one day have a horse of her own. Sarah would like to go as far as she can and one day become an equine vet with her own barn and horses.

Sarah plays basketball for her school, though she likes to swim, read, draw, and take pictures in her free time.

Sarah & Echo

Sarah & Echo at Twin Towers

Sarah & Moose at Twin Towers

Sarah & Moose at Twin Towers

KDA 2014

Back to back horse show weekend for Unbridled Eventing and Dressage! It was so wonderful to have students, family and trainers competing, volunteering and working as videographer at KDA (Kentucky Dressage Association). It was a horse family affair!

Nicole and Robuck came home with blues in both of her 1st-3; 61.93% and 67.58%; and a 3rd in her Dressage Equitation Class!

Paula and Mojito rocked 4th-1 with a 67.57% and 63.14% finishing 2nd in both classes!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page. Nicole’s Mom Patty created a fantastic photo collage of Nicole’s weekend. Love it!

Nicole & Paula strike a pose

Nicole & Paula strike a pose

Paula & Mojito

Paula & Mojito

Greater Dayton Horse Trials 2014

I’m so proud of the Unbridled Team this weekend! Three of these girls have never competed at a horse trial and it was Nicole’s first H.T with Robuck. Despite the, not so good weather, on Saturday we all had a great time! Nicole took 1st place ending on their dressage score of 29.5! Meta on Goody finished on their dressage, as well, with a 34! Avi and Bowie placed 6th on their dressage with a 46.8! Summer and Moose placed 8th with one rail! It was great spending my birthday with such fun student’s. I have to say we have a great team with very supportive parents! I’m very fortunate to have these wonderful students that truly love this sport! I’m looking forward to many more shows this season!  ~Paula


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