IEA is open to student riders in grades 6-12. No rider needs to own a horse and membership is open to Public School, Private School or Barn teams!
Classes are offered in four ability levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, open. Any combination of ability levels on a team is permissible, but it is advantageous to have at least one rider in every class to be competitive as a team.
Riders in grades 6-8 are eligible for Middle School Teams while riders in grade 9-12 compete at the High School level.
Points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments AND for overall, team accomplishments. Individuals and teams earn points to qualify for regional, zone and national finals.
Teams take turns hosting horse shows throughout the season. New teams are NOT required to host any shows. Second year teams are required to co-host at least one show. Teams in their Third year or additional years must host one show or co-host two shows per year.
The competition season starts September 1st and ends at the National Finals in late spring / early summer.
Students ride horses that are furnished by the host barn and chosen by random draw. The use of personal tack is not allowed and limited schooling is permitted. This equalizes competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants.
Walnut Hill Stables offers a Middle School and High School team in both Hunt Seat and Dressage. Team practices start in July, regular shows begin in September & post season shows (regionals, zones & nationals) start in March. Each rider will be expected to participate in weekly lessons, attend 5 regular season shows & purchase a team jacket. The 2018/2019 season was Walnut Hill Equestrian Teams first year. We learned a lot in our pilot year and are looking forward to continuing with this great organization for many years to come!
IEA membership paid to IEA $80 (Dressage or Hunt Seat)
Team membership $125
Team Jacket (only purchased 1st season) $75
Weekly lessons $35 group or $50 private lesson (1 hour)
$40 per class per show (most riders enter 2 classes)
$50 coaching fee per rider per day
*if a hotel is required for out of town travel the cost of gas & hotel will be divided equally between exhibitors
*all entry fees, coaches fees & hotel/travel fees are to be paid PRIOR to registration to a particular show. If these are not paid in advance the rider will not be signed up