June 8, 2021 – (Columbus, Ohio) – Myron Leff, Co-founder / Chief Operating and Marketing Officer of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), announced he will transition from his position as COO/CMO to his original responsibility as a voting member of the IEA Board of Directors. The transition is effective on August 1, 2021.
Although Myron is leaving his staff position, he will continue as an integral leader on the IEA Board of Directors. The IEA is beginning its 20th Anniversary season, and Myron made the following statement in reflection of his ongoing commitment to the program:
“I am very proud to be part of the team that has accomplished so much over the years. It all started at a barn-meeting back in 2000 when Roxane Durant, Co-founder/Executive Director, presented the IEA concept to those of us who ultimately became the original ‘core four’ founders with her, Wayne Ackerer, Tim Boone, and me. The IEA went operational in 2002 and now, this 20th Anniversary Year, marks a historical moment for us. While this will be an exciting year, the time is right for me to reduce my personal workload and return to my seat on the Board of Directors. Throughout my career, helping children has always been a part of my ‘giving-back’ focus. I have found great pride and personal reward in building this Legacy of an organization. I look forward to remaining involved with the IEA from my Board position as the IEA continues to bring equestrian opportunities to its growing pool of participants.”
“Our goal was never to become the largest,” said Roxane Durant, IEA Co-founder and Executive Director. “We have, however, stayed true to our core of introducing as many youngsters as we can to equestrian sport. We also wanted our student-riders to be recognized as the athletes they are—just as other family members and friends who participate in various scholastic sports. The success of becoming the largest youth equestrian organization in the United States is a testament to delivering equestrian sport to a previously underserved marketplace demand. Myron has been a guiding force with his marketing and business experience. Although he is stepping down from his day-to-day role in IEA operations, he has been key in setting up the strong foundation that will keep this organization going for generations to come. And, of course, we will continue to tap his expertise as a member of the IEA Board of Directors!”
About the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA):Now celebrating their 20th season in 2021-2022, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, 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. For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org.