IEA to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season with Four Day National Finals Competition

Edited Press Release

Columbus, OH – April 15, 2022 – For 20 years, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has provided opportunities for tens of thousands of youth equestrians to be able to compete at local, regional and national levels without the expense of owning a horse. On April 28 – May 1, 2022, the culmination of those 20 years will take place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center as IEA celebrates their 20th Anniversary with the largest IEA National Finals ever. The event takes place over four days of competition in two arenas simultaneously.

754 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrian athletes will travel from across the United States and converge in Harrisburg to compete for top honors in Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage classes, championship titles and collegiate scholarships. Of the 1,458 IEA high school and middle school teams from eleven zones across the country, 242 teams will be represented at this year’s celebratory event. 

Utilizing a unique draw-based competition format, riders in grades 4-12 will compete on unfamiliar horses in the following classes: Equitation over fences and on the flat, Western Horsemanship, Reining and Ranch Riding, Dressage Test and Dressage Seat Equitation. IEA riders must develop their catch-riding skills as very little to no warm-up practice is allowed before each class. All tack and horses are provided by IEA member teams and outside horse providers – allowing for a more level playing field of competition. 

Judges for the IEA National Finals competition are as follows:

Hunt Seat Judges

  • Tricia Booker (R) from Charleston, SC
  • Julie Winkel (R) from Reno, NV

Western Judges

  • Michael Damianos (NRHA, AQHA, NSBA) from Ojai, CA
  • Rhonda Replogle (AQHA, NSBA) from Dover, DE

Dressage Judges

  • Scott Peterson (USDF – S) from Penn Yan, NY
  • Jennifer Roth (USDF – r) from Pataskala, OH

The IEA 20th Anniversary National Finals is free and open to the public for spectators. Media/Press passes are available to publications and news sources interested in attending and are coordinated though Kimber Whanger at

In addition to the competition, IEA will host several special activities during the 20th Anniversary event – including a Team Parade, Member Appreciation Event and Vendor Night (Sponsored by United States Hunter Jumper Association), Youth Board Game Night and Ice Cream Social (Sponsored by Grier School) and other educational opportunities sponsored by Equine Mastery Education System and United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

For a complete listing of information including class schedules and facility maps, visit the National Finals page at

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