IEA is extremely proud to WELCOME 128(!) NEW BARNS/TEAMS to the IEA Family for the 20th Anniversary Season! (As of 10-19-21 = 16 New Western Teams; 21 New Dressage Teams and 91 New Hunt Seat Teams.)

Additionally, we welcome back 645 Barns/Teams (and counting) from last season and over 60 Teams from prior to the pandemic. WELCOME BACK TO IEA EVERYONE!

Wowza! This is shaping up to be our BIGGEST YEAR YET!

There is still time to JOIN THE CELEBRATION by renewing or starting a new team, joining an existing team, or becoming an adult contributing member. Don't delay - IEA shows are happening every weekend around the country. Get in a full show season by registering TODAY at

Interested in starting a NEW TEAM or expanding to a new discipline?
Contact Jennifer Eaton at or 1-877-RIDE-IEA ext. 203.
We are excited to introduce the first ever IEA WINTER ART CONTEST !
Winners will be considered for cover art on the OFFICIAL IEA NOTECARD COLLECTION and will be credited on all collections.

We are accepting art from current riders, coaches, and IEA alumni. You can submit art from past cover art contest or other art projects, as long as it is IEA themed. Artwork does not need to be winter themed, but can be if you choose. See rules and details below.

Wow! What a Congress!

IEA hosted the first ever Western IEA show at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on Thursday, October 7th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. 160 riders representing 22 teams from 12 states (Colorado, Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts) gathered to kick off the 20th Anniversary IEA Western Season with a bang!

Many thanks to all those who sponsored and supported this historical event. A special thank you to Ohio Quarter Horse Association and All American Quarter Horse Congress for giving IEA riders such a wonderful opportunity.

National Sports Broadcasting live streamed the event. Watch the video archive HERE.

The Columbus Dispatch even included a few of our riders in the paper. Check out the article HERE.
The IEA@Congress Western Show was sponsored in part by the following:
IEA to Host Clinic at Massachusetts EQUINE AFFAIRE
November 11 - 14, 2021
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, MA

Equine Affaire is partnering with IEA in hosting an intensive clinic Sunday, November 14 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Mallary South Arena. Formatted to review items from a judge’s perspective, this clinic will cover English, western, ranch, and Dressage disciplines as they pertain to the IEA show format.

Here is your chance to get in front of approximately 900 youth riders competing at IEA's biggest event ever! Not only riders, but parents, friends and teammates, too!

BECOME A 20TH ANNIVERSARY IEA NATIONAL FINALS VENDOR OR SPONSOR! With everyone (literally) under one roof at the same time - this is an event you won't want to miss.

IEA National Finals are widely supported by dozens of colleges and universities, vendors, sponsors, member partner organizations such as USHJA, USEF, NRHA, APHA, and major sponsors including Troxel, Weaver Leather, Bob's Custom Saddles, RJ Classics, Schneider's Saddlery, Cinch Jeans, The Show Trunk II, Rod's Western Palace and many more. Book your space early and save.

Contact IEA Sales & Sponsorship Manager - Megan Taylor at for more details.

Note: IHSA is hosting their National Finals a few days after IEA Finals in the SAME LOCATION in Harrisburg.
IEA National Sportsmanship Award Has A New Sponsor!
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 2021-2022 season. These Sportsmanship Award winners will receive an IEA Sportsmanship patch (pictured above), and will be invited to submit an application for the National Sportsmanship Award.

IEA is proud to announce that the EQUUS Foundation is the new sponsor of this prestigious award. The EQUUS Foundation is the only national animal welfare in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people. Learn more at

Applications for the National Sportsmanship Award will be due May 3, 2022.
Meet IEA's Newest Staff Members:
Isabella Von Habsburg - Membership Office
Kate Tuma - Marketing & Communications Intern
The IEA Membership Office is excited to introduce the newest member of the Membership Office team - ISABELLA VON HABSBURG.

Isbella has spent most of her life around horses, having grown up riding and competing at Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville, NY. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and recently graduated from New York University with a Master of Science degree in Sports business. Isabella is the writer of Isa's Sports Insights, where she shares her opinions on sports - focusing on gender inequality. "I am so excited to be working with IEA and can't wait to do my part!", she says.

Welcome to IEA, Isabella!
The IEA Marketing and Communications Office is happy to introduce you to our newest intern, KATE TUMA.

Hailing from North Olmstead, OH, Kate is currently a Junior at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH with a double major in Equine Business Management and Accounting.

Kate originally learned about IEA when she saw a Facebook post 3 years ago about the IEA Dressage Finale at Otterbein when Dressage was still a pilot program. IEA was accepting non-IEA Dressage riders for that event and Kate asked her mom if she could enter. That experience at the first IEA Dressage Finale, getting to ride their awesome horses, and the welcome she received there sealed the deal for her when she was considering colleges and the rest is history.

Kate is a member of Otterbein's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team and in addition to her studies serves as a member of the barn staff. Kate enjoys both Eventing and Dressage and has served as an equestrian camp counselor prior to coming to IEA.

Several years ago IEA established an intern program with Otterbein and we have been the beneficiary of this partnership with a great equine program.

Welcome to IEA, Kate!
The IEA Horsemanship Program is open to any youth member of the IEA.

Participants in the program will complete online quizzes on a variety of topics from Colors and Breeds to Equine Nutrition. The quizzes are released throughout the season, from September through February. 

Members who also participate in the riding program will find that the online quizzes will help prepare them for the Region, Zone and National Horsemanship Tests given in person at the competitions.

In May of 2022, each participant will receive a Final Quiz which shall be a collection of questions from various quizzes offered throughout the season. Participants who complete all aspects of the program, and complete the Final Quiz with a passing score of 75% or better, will receive a certificate of achievement and a commemorative shirt.

The horsemanship program also offers a TEAM COMPETITION for teams of 3 or more riders who participate in the program. These riders will have their Final Quiz scores averaged and the team with the highest final score will win BONUS GIFTS provided our generous sponsors.

Do you know a horse - enthusiast who is not on an IEA team, but would enjoy the Horsemanship Program? The IEA offers a Junior Contributing Membership that gives any young person the opportunity to join the IEA without being a member of a team.

Horsemanship Program Fees:
Free for Junior Contributing Members | $15 for Rider Members
2021-22 IEA COVID-19 Statement
IEA would like to remind event hosts, participants, officials, and spectators that all IEA competitions must operate in accordance with state and/or local requirements relating to the COVID-19 virus and variants. In the absence of state and/or local requirements, IEA will follow the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF’s) lead in recommending compliance with CDC guidelines. If they so choose, event hosts may impose more restrictive requirements to help mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. COVID-19 requirements should be listed in the prize list if possible or communicated to
coaches of attending teams at least 48 hours prior to the start of competition. COVID-19 requirements should also be prominently posted on the show grounds.

All persons attending an IEA competition must comply with COVID-19 requirements in place for that competition as well as state and/or local requirements. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the show grounds and/or punitive action assigned by a Zone Ethics Committee. These requirements are effective immediately and subject to revisions as the COVID-19 environment changes. Thank you.
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Membership Office
607 North Avenue, Door 18,2nd Floor
Wakefield, MA 01880

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm (Eastern)
Phone: 877-RIDE-IEA | 877-743-3432
Fax: 508-597-7373
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The IEA was established to provide competitive and educational opportunities through equestrian athletics. Good Horsemanship and honorable participation are priorities at every event. It is the responsibility of all attendees to foster a spirit of belongingness, an atmosphere of community enjoyment, and a mutual respect for all participants and their equine partners.