Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Middle School IEA team and Rebecca Hirsh (individual) for qualifying for Nationals held April 24-26 in Wellington, FL!
The mission of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11 through 19) to equestrian sports.
IEACompetition Format: The unique aspect of these competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are provided to the students at the show. The host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Some of the equipment may be borrowed from various training barns and facilities. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the over fences classes, essentially, the horse is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse. The competitions involve six classes jumping over fences no greater than three feet and numerous flat equitation classes. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced.
Cost of the IEA program at Empress Valley Farm Team practices: $45. A practice is typically held the week before a scheduled show. Most riders show in approximately 5 shows. Additional practices may be scheduled for Regionals, Zones and Nationals preparation.
Show fees: To cover both entry and trainer fees, a rider can expect to pay around $90 if only competing on the flat and $125 if competing both on the flat and over fences per show.
Miscellaneous expenses: Each rider pays a $100 Team Fee at the beginning of the season in addition to a $10 number fee. IEA Membership dues are included in the Team Fee.
Show Attire: IEA riders are expected to have a black show helmet (GPA or Charles Owen only), tan show breeches (Ariat, RJ Classics, Romph or Tailored Sportsman brand), a long-sleeve white show shirt, black gloves, hairnet, well-fitted navy show coat and black tall boots. All show apparel must be approved by Jamie (so leave the tags on and keep the receipt!).
There is not a minumum required number of shows but there is a maximum of 5 regular point shows. Points are accumulated during the show season (Oct - Feb) most riders qualify for regionals in 3-5 shows.
All IEA riders must participate in the weekly lesson program at Empress Valley Farm to be eligible to compete on the team.