Join the IEA! 

No rider needs to own a horse and membership is open to Public School, Private School or Barn teams for student riders in grades 4-12. It's your future. Take the reins.

FAQ and IEA information

About IEA


What is IEA?


The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose shall be to set minimum standards for competition, to provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition, and to educate on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.

The mission of the IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized competitions and educational opportunities. 

big bay farm Senior Iea team

Senior team members must be grade 9-12.  Riders abilities vary from W-T thru Jumping 

big bay farm Junior IEA team

Junior team members must be grades 6-8. Riders abilities vary from W-T thru Jumping   

big bay farm Grade 4-5 IEa team

This is a new age for IEA as an organization.  More info to follow. 

Fundraising EFFORTS for team show hosting

More info to follow. 

Quick Facts about IEA

  • No rider needs to own a horse.
  • Classes are offered in four ability levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, open. 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 4-8 are eligible for Middle School Teams while riders in grade 9-12 compete at the High School level.
  • Points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments AND for overall, 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.
  • Students 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 competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants.

Big Bay Farm IEA Team Requirements

team requirements


  • IEA team members at Big Bay Farm must keep up their individual lessons and attend at least one group lesson a week (during show season). Riders who compete with the BBF Team but lesson outside the farm are required to submit written proof of regular attendance to a lesson program but are still required to      participate in weekly team practices. 
  • IEA team members must attend the shows; the success of our team is counting on you!
  • Participate in the summer fundraising program. 
  • IEA members should encourage other riders to join our team (if this is something you like and see value, share the good news)!
  • Be positive, everyone starts somewhere, we are only asking for your very best and for you to enjoy the experience.

Fees/Financial Commitment for BBF IEA team member

· One group lesson per week  $35  ( IEA group lesson)

· One private lesson per week $40-$45 ( usual riding lesson) 

· Yearly membership fee to IEA $55 if before July15  

· Annual IEA Team Administration fee of $75 * Payable to BBF 

· Coaching Fee at Shows $75

· Class Fee's (usually two classes per show) $40 per class * payable to the host show facility

· All participants will be required to buy & wear Team Logo clothing $125-$150

Your total cost for the shows would be $155 for two classes/including trainers' fees. There is no horse fee and no trailering fee, as you will be riding horses at the host farm.