Nation’s Best Young Equestrians Head to Wellington for IEA Hunt Seat Championships

Columbus, Ohio – April 14, 2015 – Nearly 400 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians will converge at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday April 24 through Sunday, April 26. They will compete for top honors in the Hunt Seat Classes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals. he student riders, grades 6 through 12, will travel from across the United States to participate in the competition.

The competitors represent 167 teams from eight zones throughout the United States that competed in numerous shows during the 2014-2015 school year. The teams and individuals that accumulated the highest number of points within each zone qualified for the IEA National Finals from a total of more than 11,000 participant riders.

Riders will compete in the Hunt Seat Equitation classes, over fences, and on the flat throughout the week. The format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the competition ring after only brief, if any, warm-up.


  • Friday, April 24 – 6:00am Schooling of horses; 7:30am Varsity Open Draw & Course Walk; 8:30am – 5:00pm (approximate) Competition
  • Saturday, April 25 – 6:30am Schooling of horses; 8:00am Varsity Open Draw & Course Walk; 9:00am – 2:00pm (approximate) Competition; 2:00pm Varsity Open Championship Class followed by Award of IEA Leading Hunt Seat Rider; 3:00pm Parade of Teams (all IEA teams, coaches and riders scheduled to appear in arena); 3:20pm IEA Lifetime Achievement Award (Adult); 4:00pm – 6:00pm (approximate) Competition
  • Sunday, April 26 – 6:30am schooling of horses; 7:30am Holy Innocents Horsemanship Test Finals; 8:00am Open and Intermediate Draw; 9:00am – 12:00pm (approximate) Hunt Seat Team Semi-Finals; 12:00pm – 3:00pm (approximate) Hunt Seat Team Finals Competition; 3:00pm Awards Ceremony

The entire event will be streamed live by EPCO Productions through the IEA website:

About the IEA

Founded in 2002, the IEA is a non-profit organization was created to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. Unique to the IEA, there is no need to own a horse. Mounts and tack are supplied to each rider at every IEA event. The IEA currently has over 11,000 participants, ages 11-19, across the United States. For additional information, please visit