Joining an IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team is a great way for young riders in grades 6-12, to experience the thrill of equestrian competition and the camaraderie of being on an equestrian team, without the expense of owning or leasing a horse. In the IEA program, none of the riders are required to supply horses or tack. The host barn is responsible for providing everything needed to enjoy the showing experience. To even the playing field, horse and rider are matched through a random draw, so every rider is on a horse that they have never shown before. The scores are based on the rider and their horsemanship, not the horse
In the first 2 years of our IEA program, The Crossroads team progressed to Regional Finals and we sent individuals to all 3 levels of post-season competition, Regional, Zone 2 and National Finals! In this, our third year, we have won 3 Championships, 5 Reserve Championships and 6 High Point Rider awards. Both our high school and middle school teams qualified for Regional Finals and our middle school team are the Zone 2 Region 5/12 Champions and Zone 2 Reserve Champions. Our next stop is National Finals in Lexington, VA!
Due to the popularity of the IEA program, The Crossroads now offers a summer camp session devoted entirely to intensive IEA horse show preparation. In addition to daily riding lessons, there are sessions on horse show strategy, sports psychology and, at the end of the week, a mock IEA horse show. This year we have scheduled an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) equestrian team coach to be a guest instructor for one day of camp, offering advice on how to succeed at IEA and IHSA shows, and how to prep for college-level equestrian competition.
The Crossroads IEA team practices year round in our two outdoor sand rings and in the comfort of our 180 x 80 indoor ring.
Our IEA program is open to riders, beginner to advanced, in grades 6-12. All riders who can prove competency at the walk, trot and canter on a variety of mounts are welcome to join the team; and if you aren’t competent at the walk, trot and canter, our excellent trainers can get you there!
For more information, or to sign up with our winning IEA team, please email Pam Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association go to www.rideiea.org.