IEA Team


The Mission:

The mission of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 9 through 19) to equestrian sports.


The Purpose:

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 9 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. Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.

IEA Competition Format:

The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced. The IEA has set guidelines for the placement of new riders entering the IEA to allow for the unique program format of riding an unfamiliar horse.

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IEA Background: 

For student equestrians in grades 4-12, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was established in the spring of 2002 and held its first annual national finals 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 participants, the IEA now has over 13,500 members in 42 states across North America.


Who should ride on the AVSS IEA Team?

Any rider in grades 4-12 during the 2023-2024 school year.  You do not need to own or lease your own horse to be a part of the team.


Who are the AVSS IEA Coaches?

Colette Andrews and Makenzi Paulso are the IEA Head Coaches for IEA but all AVSS staff take an active role. In addition, all AVSS Trainers take an active role as a part of the IEA team. Sarah Brzozowy serves as the IEA Team Manager and Secretary and manages all show entries, checks, schedules, and anything not riding specific.


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