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IEA Hunt Seat National Finals

Interscholastic Equestrian Association middle- and high-school riders converge on Syracuse, New York.

Interscholastic Equestrian Association
April 17, 2013

Danica Weber and My Emmy Award win Novice youth hunt seat equitation at the 2012 Nutrena AQHA East Novice Championship

Riders will compete in hunt seat equitation classes – over fences and on the flat – at the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals. (Journal photo)

More than 350 of the nation’s leading Interscholastic Equestrian Association middle school and high school equestrians will converge on The Coliseum at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, on April 19- 21 to compete for top honors in hunt seat classes in the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals.  The student-riders will travel from across the United States to participate in the completion. The American Quarter Horse Association and Dover Saddlery co-sponsor the championship event.
 
The competitors represent 184 teams from eight zones throughout the United States that competed in numerous shows during the 2012-13 school year.  The teams and individuals that accumulated the highest number of points within each zone qualified for the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals from a total membership of more than 8,000 riders.
 
Riders will compete in hunt seat equitation classes – over fences and on the flat – throughout the weekend. The format requires riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm-up.
 
Schedule

  • Friday, 6-7:30 a.m. – schooling of horses; 7:30 a.m. – varsity open draw and course walk; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (approximate) – competition
  • Saturday, 6:30-8 a.m. – schooling of horses; 8 a.m. varsity open draw and course walk; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (approximate) – competition; 2 p.m. varsity open championship class followed by awarding of IEA leading hunt seat rider; 3 p.m. – Parade of Teams (all IEA teams, coaches and riders scheduled to appear in arena); 3:20 p.m. – presentation of national sportsmanship award (student-rider) and the IEA lifetime achievement award (adult); 4-6 p.m. (approximate) – competition 
  • Sunday, 6:30-8 a.m. – schooling of horses; 7:30 a.m. – holy innocents horsemanship finals; 8 a.m. open and intermediate draw; 9 a.m. - noon (approximate) –  hunt seat team semi-finals; noon - 3 p.m. (approximate) – hunt seat team finals competition; 3 p.m. – awards ceremony

In addition to the IEA competition, informational sessions and demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend from several IEA sponsors including: AQHYA, National Reining Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Pony Club. Several colleges that specialize in equine studies will be in attendance, as well.

The entire event will be streamed live by EPCO Productions through the IEA website www.rideiea.org or directly through www.livesportsvideo.com.

A proud platinum sponsor of the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals, the American Quarter Horse Youth Association is excited about the future exposure of the American Quarter Horse through IEA events. To lean more about AQHA's youth association, visit www.aqha.com/aqhya.