Membership E News - March
March 5, 2020 Dear IEA Member, What an exciting time of year this is! Many of you are deep in the process of post-season Regional and Zone Finals and some of you still have a regular season show or two to finish. Whether your IEA season is officially over or you are still competing - there is lots of news to share with you and ways you can stay active with IEA until the 2020-2021 season begins again. The first of our three NATIONAL FINALS is just about a month away and we are looking forward to seeing many of you in California. Be sure and check out our NEW WEBSITE for all the information you will need for upcoming events. Important Upcoming Dates and Locations
Hunt Seat Zone 1 Finals - March 28-29, 2020 - Eastern States Expo Center (MA)
Hunt Seat Zone 2 Finals - March 14-15, 2020 - Old Salem Farm (NY)
Hunt Seat Zone 4 Finals - March 14-15, 2020 - NE Alabama Agribusiness Ctr. (AL)
Hunt Seat Zone 5 Finals - March 20-22, 2020 - Otterbein University (OH)
Hunt Seat Zone 7 Finals - March 14-15, 2020 - Texas Rose Horse Park (TX)
Hunt Seat Zone 8 Finals - March 7-8, 2020 - Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Ctr. (AZ)
Hunt Seat Zone 9 Finals - March 7-8, 2020 - Grays Harbor Fairgrounds (WA)
Hunt Seat Zone 10 Finals - March 21-22, 2020 - Murieta Equestrian Center (CA)
Hunt Seat Zone 11 Finals - March 21-22, 2020 - Dream Park of NJ (NJ)
Hunt Seat National Finals - April 17-19, 2020 - LA Equestrian Center (CA)
Dressage National Finals - May 9-10, 2020 - Albion College (MI)
Western National Finals - June 13-14, 2020 - Oklahoma State Fairgrounds (OK)
Check the online show calendar for your Zone Regional Finals.
STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS The leadership and Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) wishes to inform our members that we are aware of and closely monitoring the growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus Disease. At this time, the IEA does not have any plans to postpone, cancel, or otherwise alter any scheduled IEA events and/or horse shows including the 2020 Hunt Seat National Finals in Burbank, CA on April 17-19, 2020. As recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any domestic or international travel should be done with consideration to proximity of affected countries. Purchasing travel insurance is a wise choice should you decide to change your plans. For more information, including a global map of affected areas, visit www.cdc.gov WEAVER LEATHER is the OFFICIAL TACK & EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER of the IEA.
HUNT SEAT NATIONAL FINALS INFO HUNT SEAT NF PRIZE LIST HUNT SEAT NF HOTELS HUNT SEAT NF PROGRAM ADS TONYA JOHNSTON CLINIC HUNT SEAT NF BOX SEATS There will be an EXHIBITORS PARTY at Hunt Seat National Finals. More information to follow very soon.
WESTERN NATIONAL FINALS INFO WESTERN NF ALLOTMENTS WESTERN ADDENDUM & PATTERNS The Western National Finals PRIZE LIST will be released soon. There will be PATTERNS at WESTERN NATIONAL FINALS in the following HORSEMANSHIP INDIVIDUAL and TEAM CLASSES:
No patterns in JV or Future Beginner W/J/L or W/J classes.
Celebrating its 18th season, the IEA has again set a record for membership. This season (2019-2020), membership numbers topped out at 14,444. While the highest concentration of members is East of the Mississippi; the Western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth – especially in Zone 10 in California where IEA will hold the 2020 Hunt Seat National Finals in Burbank, California this April. The recent addition of the 4th and 5th grade Intro Rider Program as well as the explosion of interest in the new Dressage program has attracted many new IEA participants. READ MORE
IEA TO HOST JUDGES CLINIC AT EQUINE AFFAIRE MORE ABOUT EQUINE AFFAIRE IEA is proud to announce that we are partnering with Equine Affaire on Sunday, April 5, 2020 to host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Judges Clinic. The educational clinic offers a unique opportunity to see inside the mind of an IEA judge and will feature a judge’s perspective and offer tips for competing at IEA (draw-based competition) shows in Hunt Seat, Western, and Dressage. Clinic time will be from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in Cooper Arena at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. Equine Affaire is one of North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gatherings and any day you attend is filled with lots of learning, eating, and great shopping. IEA will also have an information booth (#101) in the Bricker Building. Questions? Contact Jennifer Eaton. Troxel is the OFFICIAL HELMET of the IEA. NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 1, 2020 The Interscholastic Equestrian Association awards a student-rider the National Sportsmanship Award each year. The national award winner will be selected from the group of riders who earned a Sportsmanship Award at a local, regional or zone IEA show during the school year. These Sportsmanship Award winners will receive an IEA Sportsmanship patch (pictured), and will be invited to submit an application for the National Sportsmanship Award. APPLICATION DUE MAY 1, 2020. LEARN MORE
TEAM BAHAMAS SHOWS OFF GREAT TALENT AT ZONE 4/REGION 1 FINALS (L-R) -Back row: Nicholas Astwood, Erika Adderley (National Coach), Elle O'Brien. Front Row: Kimberly Johnson (national coach); Maya Tilberg, Mila Sands, Peyton Wong, Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre (President, Equestrian Bahamas and Team Chef d'Equipe) TEAM BAHAMAS, the first official international IEA Team traveled to Conyers, Georgia on February 15th to participate in the first ever IEA International Invitational in conjunction with the IEA Hunt Seat Zone 4/Region 1 Regional Finals at the Georgia International Horse Park. Five riders were selected to represent Team Bahamas (a division of Equestrian Bahamasand the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League) based on the results of Selection Trials back in December in Nassau attended by IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant and IEA Zone Captain, Simon Towns. The five upper school riders showed off their impressive skills to the following results: Class 1i: Varsity Open Equitation O/F 2'6" - Elle O'Brien - 6th place Class 4i: Varsity Intermediate Equitation on the flat - Peyton Wong - 1st place Class 2i: Varsity Open Equitation on the flat - Elle O'Brien - DNP Class 3i: Varsity Intermediate Equitation O/F 2' - Peyton Wong - 3rd place Class 5i: Individual JV Novice Equitation O/F - Mila Sands - 1st place Class 6i: Individual JV Novice Equitation Flat - Mila Sands - 2nd place Class 7i: Individual JV Beginner Equitation WTC - Maya Tilberg - 1st place Class 8i: Individual JV Beginner Equitation Flat W/T - Nicholas Astwood - 1st place "The experience at Conyers was truly wonderful," said Equestrian Bahamas President Catherine Ramsingh-Pierre. "On behalf of Equestrian Bahamas I would like to thank the Zone 4 Administrator, Simon Towns; Region 1 Co-Presidents Allison Gresham and Leslie Williams, and all the teams, riders and coaches who made us feel so very welcome. The entire experience was one of learning and team-building and exemplified the underlying ethos of horsemanship, sportsmanship, and the joy of riding! We hope that Equestrian Bahamas and the IEA can continue to engage in a way that will encourage the young riders of both organizations to broaden their equestrian horizons!" IEA is grateful for our new partnership with Equestrian Bahamas and looks forward to opening up more opportunties for international teams to participate in the future. ABOUT EQUESTRIAN BAHAMAS and BAHAMAS INTERSCHOOL EQUESTRIAN LEAGUE (BIEL) The development of BIEL by Equestrian Bahamas was officially launched in 2016 and is intended to diversify the athletic opportunities available in Bahamian schools; to act as a springboard to increase national interest in equestrian sport; and to encourage inclusive participation from young athletes in all schools, both public and private. The program is open to riders 18 years and under and is intended to introduce and expose riders to a college competition format and opportunities for college scholarships. For more information, please visit www.EquestrianBahamas.org
IEA ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH EQUITANA USA
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce its partnership with EQUITANA USA. This union supports IEA’s mission of providing educational opportunities for riders in grades 4-12 and EQUITANA USA’s dedication to working with associations that make positive impacts across all levels, ages, breeds, and disciplines of the horse industry. The alliance will come to life at EQUITANA USA – a three-day celebration of the horse featuring a trade fair, education, and evening performances – September 25-27, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. READ MORE