Interscholastic Equestrian Program
The Ethel Walker School is an active participant in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Originally formed to provide middle and secondary school students an outlet to build upon and improve their equestrian skills, the IEA program has developed nationally as a springboard to collegiate riding. It serves as an excellent opportunity for many riders to compete that may not own their own horse. As riding is often viewed as an individual sport, IEA provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their horsemanship skills and riding abilities not only as an individual, but also as a team. Students from all levels perform on an individual and team point system.
Membership and competition for IEA is divided into zones. The Ethel Walker School lies in Zone 1, wherein we compete against teams from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
In order to be eligible for Regional, Zone, and National finals in the individual or team competition, riders must show in a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 IEA shows per competition season. Qualifications for finals are set at a minimum of 15 points for individual riders, and 12 points for teams. Riders qualify separately for flat and fences classes and are allowed to show in a maximum of 5 shows per competition season. As an individual rider, points are calculated as follows:
- 1st place = 7 points
- 2nd place = 5 points
- 3rd place = 4 points
- 4th place = 3 points
- 5th place = 2 points
- 6th place = 1 point
The points for a team are calculated in the same manner, however it is only specific to the "point rider" who is selected pre-show by the coach of that team. This rider may gain points both as an individual and for the team and there is only one rider chosen per division to represent the team as a whole. There may be more than one team representative in each division as there is only one "point rider" per that division. National Finals will be held this year at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio from April 30th-May 3rd.