Do you want to be part of a fun but competitive Equestrian Team?
Then we are looking for you!
Showtime Farms in Southlake, Texas has an IEA team. For those that don’t know IEA stands for Interscholastic Equestrian Association. IEA promotes the equestrian as an athlete and provides students in grades 4-12 the opportunity in both public and private schools the ability to compete in organized competitive equestrian shows throughout 12 zones in the United States.
Quick Facts about IEA
- No need to own a horse or tack to participate.
- Competitive classes are offered at all levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and open (advanced).
- Riders in grades 6-8 compete at the middle school level and riders in grades 9-12 compete at the high school level.
- **4th and 5th grade classes now offered (pilot program)** Please check back with Brittany for more details.
- Points are earned for placing 1st through 6th and tracked on an individual and team basis.
- Competition season starts in September and ends in April with Nationals.
- Students ride horses furnished by the hosting show and or horses brought in from other barns in our region for that show. The riders’ horses are a random draw based on the riders’ classes and the horses’ ability. This equalizes competition and test the riders’ ultimate capability and horsemanship.
- For a team to be complete there has to be at least 3 middle school riders and 3 high school riders. There is not a limit to the amount of riders each team can have.
Fees for IEA:
- Rider membership fees are accepted from May 15 – Nov 1 for 2019. Memberships submitted before July 1, 2017 are $55 and after July 1st is $65
- Coaches and team membership are split between all team members (dues for both teams combined are $200 before July 1, coach dues are $60 before July 1)
- Travel cost for coach will be split between team members example: Hotel and Food, but trainer fee per rider/per day will be paid individually (1 day show $100, 2 day show $75)
- Team shirts, jackets, bags or any other attire or gear is each students responsibility
- Providing horses for shows (general rule is 1 horse per 5 rides is divided between riders competing. Including fuel cost.
Team/rider practice (lesson) is mandatory at least once a week for riders. Lesson fees apply.
IEA functions a lot on volunteers from teams, riders, coaches and parents. That’s how IEA is able to maintain such low entry fees but still host great shows.
Fundraising is vital for our team to pay for hosting horse shows, and horse hauling expenses. Each team must co/host 2 shows a year or host 1 show a year.
This program is great and I’ve been blessed to have been a coach the last 5 years. I am absolutely thrilled to have a Showtime Farms Team!