Triple Creek Ranch IEA Program
IEA: Find out more at: https://www.rideiea.org/
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)
IEA is both an individual and team sport for grades 6-12.
At TCR, Cornerstone Farm has both Middle School and High School Huntseat teams. Cornerstone's IEA teams have advanced riders to Regional, Zone and National Finals since it's beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Riders have to be a minimum riding level of walk, trot, canter (comfortable in a group). At IEA shows, teams provide horses that get put into the Draw. Each rider pulls a random name from the Draw and that is the horse they will compete on that day. Teams compete against one another to gain points to hopefully advance to post-season competition. Individual points are tracked as well. Watch the IEA commercial here!
No rider needs to own a horse.
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.
To join the Cornerstone Farm IEA teams at TCR, riders need to be in a regular lesson program taking a minimum of two lessons per week. You do not need to ride with Jen Shannon of Cornerstone Farm, but team practices will be run by Jen, the coach of the Cornerstone Farm teams. Look for upcoming informational meetings and placement try-outs!