First established in 2002, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, “introduces students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and promotes and improves the quality of equestrian competition and instruction”.
If you’re new to IEA, this is how it works:
Local barns, public schools, and private schools, are able to create their own IEA team in either Hunt Seat or Western riding for either, or both, middle and high school students. Each team will host at least one IEA Horse Show during the season, and use their horses for the competition. This means that riders do not need to own, or bring, any horses to competition. When teams arrive at a show, they simply draw a horse’s name out of a hat and are able to do a brief warm-up before heading into the ring to compete.
What’s wonderful about this type of show is that riders don’t need to worry as much about the financial burden of traditional horse showing. Instead, it challenges riders to use their foundation in the sport to maneuver a course or pattern on a foreign horse. Additionally, the organization offers scholarship opportunities for riders looking to advance their education and equestrian pursuits at the collegiate level through competition and sportsmanship awards.
This year, IEA Nationals are being held at the Kentucky Horse Park starting today, and running through April, 24th.
We are so excited to be a part of this event as a bronze sponsor, and we hope to see you there!
If you haven’t already, RSVP for some of the Social Events happening Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and come visit Caracol. We know how busy shows can be so we’ve provided a few links that we think will be helpful for you:
If you’re curious about our newest arrivals, these are perfect for all ages; especially those who like to stay in-style while on the go!
See you in Kentucky!
Don't forget to use the hashtag #IEAFinals to post all your IEA National Finals experiences on social media ~ be sure to tag @caracolsilver as well so we can see!