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IEA Newsletter March

Your IEA Newsletter!                        March 8, 2018
Now Accepting Sponsorship and Advertising for Hunt Seat and 
Western National Finals and 
Western Semi-Finals.
Contact Sales Representative Megan Taylor at megan@rideiea.org to discuss the wide variety of IEA sponsorship and/or advertising opportunities and benefits ranging from $100 - $20,000+.    

DO YOU HAVE MERCHANDISE TO DONATE FOR PRIZES?  Do you have a business that is interested in an in-kind donation (prizes) for National Finals or Semi-Finals? 

With nearly 1,000 riders competing in these post-season events, you won't want to miss this opportunity to promote your business as a sponsor or in-kind donor.
HUNT SEAT NATIONAL FINALS
APRIL 20 - 22, 2018
Syracuse, New York

ENTRY DEADLINES: 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018
ZONES 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
ZONES 1, 2, 11

IEA Hunt Seat National Finals are quickly approaching.  Congratulations to those riders who have already qualified or will be qualifying in the next few weeks.  Be sure to visit the National Finals page on our website for all the latest details and important information.
DOWNLOAD HUNT SEAT NATIONAL FINALS PRIZE LIST
HUNT SEAT NATIONALS COVER ART CONTEST
Calling All IEA Rider Artists!  
The deadline to submit artwork for the Hunt Seat National Finals Cover is FRIDAY, MARCH 16.

Winners receive $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, Recognition at Hunt Seat Finals and in IEA Media.

Western National Finals Cover Art Contest Deadline is May 18.  Riders from any discipline can submit artwork for either cover contest.  
HUNT SEAT NATIONALS SILENT AUCTION
IEA will be holding a SILENT AUCTION in Syracuse, NY during the Hunt Seat National Finals.  We are looking for donations of Hunt Seat or Equestrian related items that would appeal to our audience.  Donors will receive recognition in the program, on signage, social media, and announcements during the National Finals. 

Proceeds from this auction will help support the IEA Benevolent Fund. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE AN ITEM FOR THE SILENT AUCTION:
Please fill out the attached form and email it to Kimber Whanger at Kimber@rideiea.org

HUNT SEAT NATIONALS GOOD LUCK ADS
It is a HUGE accomplishment for a rider or a team to make it to Hunt Seat (or Western) National Finals.  Why not celebrate that accomplishment with a Good Luck Ad in the Hunt Seat National Finals Program? 

Full Page - $300
Half Page - $150

DEADLINE:  MARCH 26
 
DRESSAGE INVITATIONAL FINALE
MARCH 17-18, 2018 - OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY

IEA is hosting a DRESSAGE INVITATIONAL FINALE at Otterbein University (Westerville, OH) on March 17-18, 2018 for riders in grades 6-12. In addition to the competition, the weekend will include a horsemanship test, exhibitor's party and college fair. 

The IEA Dressage Pilot Program begin in 2016 in response to the increasing interest from the Dressage community and scrimmages have been held by teams in various locations across the US. 

Sponsorships and Vendor Tables are still available and spectators are very welcome to attend. Come see what IEA has to offer your organization or barn.

See the PRIZE LIST at: https://www.rideiea.org/dressage.html
 
Questions? Contact IEA Dressage Coordinator: Emily David at Emily@rideiea.org.
WESTERN SEMI-FINALS
WESTERN SEMI-FINALS A
(Region 4, Region 5 South, Region 7)
May 26 - 27, 2018
Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN

WESTERN SEMI-FINALS B
(Region 1, Region 2, Region 5 North, Region 7)
June 2 - 3, 2018
University of Findlay Western Farm, Findlay, OH

Information about Western Semi-Finals can be found on the IEA website.  We are now accepting sponsorship, prizes, and vendor booths for both Western Semi-Finals.

IEA ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE SPREAD OF EHV 
IEA would like to bring to the attention of our membership the importance of being informed about and taking precautions against the spread of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). While you can be assured that this virus is not a human health threat, it can pose a serious threat to the life of a horse, including neurological damage and death.  READ MORE HERE.
TAKE THE REINS - WINTER ISSUE
The Winter Issue of Take The Reins has been recently released.  Read all about it here.

IEA SETS MEMBERSHIP RECORD FOR 16th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Celebrating its 16th competition season, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has again set a record for membership. This season (2017-2018), membership is nearly 14,000. While the highest concentration of members is East of the Mississippi; the Western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth. A new membership category-Junior Contributing Member-also attracted many new IEA participants.  READ MORE HERE.  
IEA HEADS TO EQUINE AFFAIRE IN APRIL
IEA will be holding a regular season Western show during the Ohio Equine Affaire on April 15, 2018 in Columbus, OH in Cooper Arena.  IEA has participated at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts with a booth and special demonstration, but this is the first time we will host an actual IEA show during this 4-day equine extravaganza. 

Billed as North America's Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering, Equine Affaire offers thousands of attendees a unique celebration of the horse offering unparalleled educational, entertainment, and shopping opportunities and IEA is very excited to play a special role. 

Membership Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Eaton will give a special presentation on Friday, April 13th from 6:00pm - 6:45pm.  If you are attending this event, come visit us in Booth 908 in the Bricker Buildinganytime April 12 - 15th.  For more info on Equine Affaire, visit www.equineaffaire.com.
  
Interscholastic Equestrian Association 
MEMBERSHIP OFFICE
467 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176
 877-RIDE-IEA (877-743-3432) 

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