IEA Hunt Seat Riding Team
Are you a middle-school or high-school rider with a competitive spirit?
Are you interested in teaming up with other riders and a coach to improve your skills and test yourself in competition?
If this sounds like you, you sound like a great candidate for the Touchstone Farm IEA Hunt Seat Riding Team!
Our team is open to middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students who are interested in improving their riding ability and skills, and who will embrace the collaborative spirit of a team! Riders should be at least a novice level. Although there are walk trot classes at competitions, you should at least be beginning to canter. You should be able to ride in a group easily, and have basic skills and knowledge of the aids.
We will be holding team practice weekly, and you do not need your own horse or pony to participate.
Cost and Registration
The sign-up cost to the International Equestrian Association (IEA), for the entire season, is $45. This does not include entry fees for the horse shows or the cost of practices/participation in the program at Touchstone Farm.
The cost for participation at Touchstone Farm will be $85/month per rider. This includes:
- 3 practices (lessons) taught by the coach (Practices will be held on Wednesday afternoons/evenings.)
- Newsletters, updates, and scheduling/planning for all events and practices by the coach
Coaching for IEA competitions is additional, but far less than the normal rate for “regular” horse shows, at $35 per competition, per rider.
To sign up, contact our IEA Coach, Andi Snow, Trainer and Equine Manager at Touchstone Farm, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll be in touch, and you'll be on Andi's IEA email list for news and updates.
About Andi Snow
Andrea Snow is an ARICP Level II Certified Hunt Seat Instructor, experienced trainer, and successful competitor. With over two decades of experience in the show ring, she and her students have competed successfully on local and “A” circuits, in everything from short stirrup to the medals.
What is IEA?
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association promotes and improves the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students.
IEA competitions operate much like intercollegiate competitions. Riders draw for horses belonging to/brought by the hosting and co-hosting teams. This obviously differs from the traditional practice of horse and rider training together, and success depends on the rider's ability to adapt and figure out their mount quickly and effectively. This format creates well-rounded, versatile riders who learn to appreciate a wide variety of horses and what each has to offer.
Teams compete within their zones and may advance to Regional and National finals based on individual and team performances. Classes range from Walk Trot to 2'6” fences. All classes are based on hunt seat equitation (rider form and horsemanship). You can read all about IEA at www.rideiea.com