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IEA Western National Finals Return to Oklahoma City

Middle and high school equestrians to battle it out June 15-16 in horsemanship and reining.

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By Tara Matsler, Performance Horse Journal editor

On June 15 and 16, the 2019 Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Finals will converge on State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

On hand to judge the 2019 IEA Western National Finals will be AQHA judges Pete McAlister and Lori Gordon.

In IEA western competition, riders square off in horsemanship and reining, and the horses on which they compete are predominantly American Quarter Horses.

But before they make it to the IEA Western National Finals:

  • Western riders compete in regular-season shows in their respective region, which the season concluding in regional finals.
  • The top three riders and teams from each regional finals are then divided into the two semi-finals locations.
  • The top riders then earn a berth to the IEA Western Finals in Oklahoma City during the National Reining Horse Association Derby.

Facts About IEA

  1. No horse necessary! Riders do not need to own horses to compete.
  2. Students ride horses that are furnished by the host barn/team and chosen by random draw.
  3. The use of personal tack is not allowed.
  4. Four levels of classes: beginner, novice, intermediate and open.
  5. Grades 4-8 compete on middle school teams while Grades 9-12 compete at the high school level.
  6. Competition season starts September 1 and ends with the national finals in early summer.
  7. The aim is to equalize competition variables and test the horsemanship of the contestants.

Read more about getting started with IEA.