BY Payton Medford
The 21st annual Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals came to a close this past Sunday, April 30th. The title holder of champion for the high school and middle school hunt seat divisions go to Grier School and South Breeze. Each division consisted of 18 schools with over 65 student athletes per division. Each student athlete went through a series of semi-final competition to make it to IEA Nationals, and displayed excellent sportsmanship during the competition. Competitors reached out to rival teams to get to know each other better, developing a stronger sense of community within the sport.
In addition to the riders, there was a record number of vendors during the competition. Colleges, including Emory & Henry College, Sweet Briar College, and St. Andrews University, set up booths for recruiting.
The IEA has become an integral part of allowing student riders to participate in the equestrian sport since its foundation in 2002. The IEA was started to promote education in grades 4-12 regarding the equestrian sport and horsemanship. In the IEA, there is no need to own a horse. Horses and equipment are provided by the host stable for each show, and lots are drawn to pair students with their horses. To learn more about the IEA, please visit their website.
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