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Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)
The Mission of 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 Purpose of IEA is to set minimum standards for competition provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport program, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary schools levels (primarily ages 11 through 19).

IEA is for student equestrians in grades 6-12.  IEA has grown from 200 participants to over 8,000 members in 32 states across North America.  In IEA there is no need for any rider to own a horse because competition horses are provided at each venue to the contestant.  The unique aspect of the competitions, both at national and local levels, 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.  Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.    (This information is from the IEA website.  For more information visit