Facts About IEA!
No rider needs to own a horse!
Students will 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 the playing field and tests the horsemanship of the riders.
In IEA shows classes are offered in four ability levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, open. These are classes are separated into middle school and high school teams.
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.
Riders in grade 9-12 compete at the High School level.
Points are tracked for individual riders and 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.
Riders on the team will be required to help when taking horses to the show we are hosting. Its a big job sometimes, but it helps teach the riders the responsibility of showing and caring for the horses.
Joining the team: The trainers at Noah’s Ark need to assess the skill levels of the rider before membership applications can be completed. This will require lessons before the August 1st date. We highly insist the riders continue to take weekly lessons throughout the IEA season.
The membership of the individual rider and team applications must be completed by August 1st. This insures that the main office can process the application in time for the first show.
The membership fees are due in full at the beginning of September and will be invoiced with the normal August billing cycle.
These fees are non-refundable should the rider choose to stop showing midseason.