For student equestrians in grades 6-12, 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 12,500 members in 42 states across North America.
The IEA supports two disciplines: Hunt Seat and Western. There is no need for any rider to own a horse because competition horses are provided at each venue to the contestant.
The MISSION of the 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.
IEA Zone 5 includes Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.