Dear IEA Members and Friends,

In what is undoubtedly the most challenging of seasons in IEA's 19 year history, we recognize and applaud the extraordinary efforts of our members, sponsors, horse providers, parents and staff.

While we are only four months into our actual 2020-2021 show season (which runs until June), IEA has been able to accomplish great things despite a global pandemic and all the restrictions that it entails. And we owe it all to your amazing support.

As of this past weekend, we have completed 613 IEA horse shows around the country, provided more than 57,000 rides on borrowed horses for youth riders, and witnessed countless volunteer efforts and outstanding sportsmanship examples.

When news of the pandemic hit in mid-March, time seemed to stand still as everyone struggled to make sense of what was happening and what it meant for IEA members, staff and the future of our season. Eight months later, now it feels like things are flying by so quickly heading into the New Year. Here we are heading into December already with National Finals rapidly approaching. Looking back on the past month alone and all that we were able to accomplish with the help of our members and the equestrian community - it is astonishing.

While some Zones have already completed their Regional Finals - other regions are just getting started with their first shows. We have a long way to go to reach National Finals in April/May/June but we wanted to take a moment and recognize what YOU have accomplished thus far.

A million THANK YOUS doesn't seem to cover it.
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Please consider a gift to the
IEA Benevolent Fund.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 this fiscal year to assist riders and coaches in need.

The IEA DRESSAGE VIRTUAL HORSE SHOW is an opportunity for IEA members to participate in the individual Dressage Test or Dressage Seat Equitation classes that they are placed in for this current IEA season.

Spotlight Horse Shows has put together all the information, including a helpful "How To" Video on registering for this virtual show.
IEA is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for all current IEA WESTERN riders and coaches with our WESTERN VIRTUAL HORSE SHOW hosted by American Paint Horse Association (APHA) E-Shows.

The IEA Western Virtual Show is an opportunity for IEA members to participate in the individual Western Horsemanship Pattern/Rail and Reining classes that they are placed in for this current IEA season.

APHA E-Shows has put together all the information for this virtual show. Classes are $35 each and include a judge's feedback. Videos must be uploaded at the time of registration/entry.
Navigating through the different collegiate equestrian opportunities can be as difficult as narrowing the choices of which college to attend. By choosing to compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), riders give themselves an added advantage in collegiate equestrian competition. Whether a rider has competed in one, three or seven IEA seasons, he or she has experienced competing in a draw-based format. IEA riders know what it feels like to introduce themselves to a horse they have only seen from a distance moments before the riders are invited to mount up for their class, cheering on teammates and how to balance competing with a busy school schedule. For IEA riders who may not compete for a college team, their leadership, problem solving skills and being a member of a team will pave the way to great experiences in the college classroom and beyond.

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) are member partners of the IEA. Through this inaugural collegiate e-newsletter, the IEA hopes to help connect our riders, parents and coaches with our collegiate riding association partners who continue to provide the IEA and its members with great support. We also wish to thank the riders, schools, and coaches who contributed content for this publication. Happy reading!
IEA Names Coffelt-Wood as New Zone 11
Hunt Seat Administrator
IEA recently named Pennsylvania resident and long-time equestrian coach, Chrystal Coffelt-Wood as the new IEA Zone 11 Hunt Seat Administrator. The Hunt Seat Zone 11 area includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey. Coffelt-Wood will replace outgoing Zone 11 Administrator, Emily David, who will continue to serve as the Zone Administrator for Dressage, a rapidly growing IEA discipline.  

Armed with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance, Business Technology, and Education from Kutztown University, Coffelt-Wood also served as the captain of the nationally ranked Kutztown University Equestrian Team. Following her collegiate career, she continued to coach at her alma mater, as well as serving as the coach of the Penn State Berks Equestrian Team.
In 2013, Coffelt-Wood accepted the position of Riding Director at Grier School, a private girls school located in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, where her duties include...READ MORE.
ANRC/IEA Autumn Team Challenge Results
Congratulations to the following IEA HUNT SEAT TEAMS that participated in the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) AUTUMN TEAM CHALLENGE Virtual Horse Show last month.

A BIG THANK YOU goes to ANRC for making this opportunity possible and facilitating this online educational opportunity. For more information about ANRC, visit

  • CHAMPION - Limelight Farm (Team 2); Coached by Danielle Sagliano - Bedford, NY (Zone 2)
  • RESERVE CHAMPION - Limelight Farm (Team 1); Coached by Danielle Sagliano - Bedford, NY (Zone 2)
  • THIRD - Valley Brook Equestrian; Coached by Devon Day - Napa, CA (Zone 10)
  • FOURTH (tie) - McCormick Stables; Coached by John McCormick - Wheeling, WV (Zone 11)
  • FOURTH (tie) - Meadowview Farm; Coached by Lauren Rothwell and Hannah Satterland - Lowell, MI (Zone 5)
  • FIFTH - L&B Farms; Coached by Lisa Capp - Hershey, PA (Zone 11)
  • SIXTH - On Course Equestrian Team; Coached by Judy MacDonald - Wauconda, IL (Zone 5)
As we have discovered during this pandemic - things can change at a rapid rate - sometimes daily. To the best of our ability and with your safety in mind, IEA is working to inform our members of these requirements as they become available to us. 

We have been very fortunate to have had almost four months of IEA competition, but we are seeing more and more states and local areas restricting and/or prohibiting youth sports or limiting the sizes of gatherings. To that end, we are hopeful that we can continue to buckle down on our safety mandates and mitigate risk while still trying to allow access to horse shows. There may come a point in your area where spectators are not allowed at all, even if shows can continue to run.
While IEA continues to work with all safety protocols and restrictions to still offer competitions in a safe environment, our show hosts need your support to give your kids a successful season. Please follow the guidelines set by the IEA and your show host. Please properly wear your mask and social distance when asked. And please understand that everyone is trying their best to keep up under difficult circumstances. We can do this!

COACHES & SHOW HOSTS - Please check your email (sent on 11/29) for more details and instructions on COVID safety requirements.

If you have questions, please contact the IEA Membership office
at 1-877-RIDE-IEA or by email at
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Applications open on Tuesday, December 1 for the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover!

Applications are accepted through January 15, 2021.

Open to professionals, amateurs, juniors (age 12 and older) and teams — like riding schools or interscholastic teams — the Thoroughbred Makeover is for recently-retired racehorses with 10 months or less of retraining. Horses and their trainers can compete in one or two disciplines, including barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunter, freestyle, polo, ranch work, show hunter or show jumper.

The 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover will also include horses from the postponed 2020 event, and takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 12-17, 2021. Learn more and sign up at

IEA is proud to partner with the Retired Racehorse Project.
Junior Contributing Members in Grades 4 – 12 are eligible to participate in the IEA's program that emphasizes horsemanship skills and knowledge.

The IEA Horsemanship Program is open to any youth member of the IEA. The program is $15 for Rider Members and FREE for Junior Contributing Members.

This makes a GREAT STOCKING STUFFER for the holidays!

Participants in the program will complete online quizzes on a variety of topics from Colors and Breeds to Equine Nutrition. The quizzes are released throughout the season, from September through February.

Members who also participate in the riding program will find that the online quizzes will help prepare them for the Region, Zone and National Horsemanship Tests given in person at the competitions.
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