​IEA was formed and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students.

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The Interscholastic Equestrian Association ("IEA")   celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 2021-2022 season. Formally established in the spring of 2002, the IEA held its first annual national championship event the following year in Willoughby, Ohio. A non-profit organization, the IEA has grown both geometrically and geographically each year. Beginning with just 200 student-riders and 62 finalists participating in the first Nationals, the IEA now has over 5,000 student-riders on hundreds of teams across North America. Over 500 of the competitors qualified for the National Finals in 2011. The IEA has 12 zones across North America, Alaska and Hawaii.
The IEA members compete with a team or on an individual basis in Hunt Seat, Western and Saddle Seat disciplines. There is no need for any rider to own a horse.
The MISSION of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction.
The IEA PURPOSE is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 11 through 19).
To fulfill its purpose, the IEA offers guidance regarding the creation and development of school and/or barn associated equestrian programs. IEA coaches aim to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized student competitions and additional equine educational opportunities.
Through the IEA, students have the opportunity to earn scholarships towards their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.
IEA Competition Format
The unique aspect of these competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are provided to the students at the show. The host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Some of the equipment may be borrowed from various training barns and facilities. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the over fences classes, essentially, the horse is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse. The competitions involve six classes jumping over fences no greater than three feet and numerous flat equitation classes. Western riders show in horsemanship and reining, and saddle seat riders show in both rail and individual workout classes. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced.

IEA is an affiliate of :
​the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)
​United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)
​the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

​IEA can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The objectives of IEA are:
  • To promote the equestrian as an athlete
  • To provide students with organized competitive opportunities
  • To introduce new riders to equine sports
  • To promote the IEA among middle and secondary schools
  • To provide students with opportunities for further education equine sports and other equine-related matters
  • To encourage liaison with other equestrian groups
  • To provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated mounted and non-mounted equestrian programs
  • To establish and enforce IEA rules, standards and policies
  • To evolve with the continuing progress of equestrian sports
  • To generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to the horse industry and all segments thereof.
​​​​Jessica Baran
(678)​​ 997-4998
Chelsea Cates
(678) 325-9083​ ​


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Current News:
Thurs -NOV. 1st, 2021  Deadline for signup Holly Valley Equestrian Team

For: Anyone interested in riding on either the Holly Valley Middle School or High School Hunt Seat Team for the 2021-22 year.  Eligible Grades: 4th—12th grade—all levels of experience needed.  If you are a potential member, please call  Coach Jessica 678-997-4998 or Chelsea Cates 678-325-9083

Rider Show Signups - Parents , you will be emailed an invitation to signup for each show that our coach has chosen for us to go to.  You will receive the invitation from text or email  for each show date. 
please promptly indicate whether your rider will participate or not.  (many times there are limited spaces)
​2. Submit your entry fees to Coach Dori/ Coach Jessica by the due date. Write for "IEA Show (date) Rider name" on the memo portion of your check so it gets applied correctly.  Write Checks to HVET.

​Note: Your rider will NOT BE ENTERED unless your payment is received by the deadline.​

Season for 2021-2022 will start September 2021

Our first meeting will be in August​​ 2021

  • Don't know dates for shows yet but our Holly Valley Equestrian Team Show will be
    December 5th, 2021 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! ​

    More to come as teams post !​​