Since 2008 Heritage Farm has had a Hunt Seat IEA team. IEA stands for Interscholastic Equestrian Association, which is a horse show organization for riders in grades 6-12.
How the IEA works: Riders travel as a team to horse shows hosted by stables around New England that also have IEA teams. The hosting show facility provides the horses of various levels. Riders find out their horse by draw prior to class. There is no warm-up allowed. All riders are judged equally on unknown horses. Riders enter and show in level-appropriate classes, meaning similar level riders compete against each other. Riders earn points for themselves as well as the team by pinning in their classes.
We require every rider to take a team lesson each week, in addition to their regular weekly lesson. Our IEA teams have gotten a terrific response from riders and their parents. We are thrilled to be introducing so many new local riders to our lesson program, thanks to their interest in our IEA teams. Our teams have grown in number, skill and enthusiasm with each passing season.
Allison Guerin coaches our Hunt Seat IEA team.
Like us on Facebook and take a look at more photos from our IEA shows. Each show has their own album of pictures!
Each September, we co-host the first IEA show of the season at Heritage Farm with the Williston-Fuller team.
First, you see which horse you will ride.
Finally, you celebrate your win with your team mates!
In 2010, Heritage Farm was a driving force behind bringing Western IEA teams to New England, IEA’s Zone 1. Our Western team was immediately popular, bringing in riders from all over the area to take part in the program. Anne (Carey) Porter coaches our Western IEA team.
Huge and hearty congratulations to Indra Rapinchuk-Souccar, of the Heritage Farm Middle School Hunt Seat IEA team on her FIRST PLACE FINISH at the IEA Nationals on Friday April 29, 2010. Coach Alli was very proud!
Also, Congratulations to both the Middle and Upper school Western Teams for qualifying for Zones! Zones will be April 10, 2010 at Pond Hill in Castleton, VT. Great riding, everyone!
Congratulations also to Jennifer Szafir and Mackenzie Raucher, both on the Heritage Farm Middle School Western IEA team on their 8th place ribbons at the IEA Nationals. Coach Anne was very proud!
For more information about the IEA, please go to rideiea.com, and about our team specifically, please contact us here at the farm.