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What is IEA? The Interscholastic Equestrian Association Explained

BY LAUREN KEILTY Do you have a friend or child who competes in IEA? An overwhelming majority of non-horsey parents have no idea what their child does in their sport, but when it comes to IEA everyone...

No Place Like Home? Bridgewater College to Sell Equestrian Center and Shift Riding Teams

BY WALTER ROBB Bridgewater College used to feel like home.  I'm a junior here, and heavily involved in the equestrian program. Being able to learn to ride horses at school has been a dream of mine...

What You Need to Know About Donating Your Horse to a Collegiate Program

By Prof Mary Pardee, M. ED I am a professional beggar. This may be a strange statement given that I am gainfully employed in my fourteenth year as a Professor in the School of...

Lost in College – A Saddleseat Rider Uses (Hunter!) Horses to Find Her Way

BY CADY WAKITSCH I never expected to continue riding horses after high school. I had been riding saddleseat since I was four, but I never owned or leased and didn’t get serious into competing. I...

Sweet Briar College: Better than Ever

BY SISSY WICKES Private education is a challenging and changing landscape in the age of skyrocketing tuition and online options. Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA found itself in the same difficult conundrum as...

SCAD Equestrian: A Legacy of Excellence

BY ASHLEY HENRY, Equestrian Head Coach, The Savannah College of Art and Design Building a championship team is truly a creative endeavor.  Next year will be my fifteenth year coaching the SCAD equestrian team. Our...

IEA Judge Shares the Behind the Scenes of Hunt Seat National Finals

BY RITA TIMPANARO I was honored to judge the 2021 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals, April 22-25, 2021, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agriculture Center, along with Mary Babick. This...

Thrills, Spills, & One Big Work-Off: Adam Edgar Is Electric in the USEF/Cacchione Cup...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Beezie Madden won it for Southern Seminary in 1984. Peter Wylde took the title for Tufts two years later. If ever there was a predictor of future greatness in collegiate riding, the...

Entering the Western World as a Hunter

BY MCKENNA DEBUS Growing up in the hunter world, the most exposure I had to western riding was from cowboys in movies.  My perspective of western was that it was rough around the edges and...

Picking the Best College Riding Program for You

BY ERIN PRUTOW Prior to opening my own equine law practice in Southern California, I spent four incredible years showing on the Oklahoma State NCEA Equestrian Team. Like many high school equestrians, the decision of whether to go...

9 FAQs for Riders Interested in College IHSA Teams

BY ELIZABETH SOUSA During college, there are a lot of questions that arise—ones you ask, and ones you’re asked. Being the captain of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, I’ve had my fair share...

How to Prepare for Next Year’s IEA Competitions During the Off Season

BY REBECCA KAPLAN Weeks after the IEA National championships, activity for many IEA team members has come to a halt. The show season for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association begins during mid autumn and stretches all...

How Not Riding in College Made Me Appreciate My Equestrian Roots

BY SYDNEY CHARLTON Heels down, eyes up, shoulders back. I silently count to keep a steady rhythm, relying on both skill and good fortune to clear the eight demanding obstacles. The two minutes spent in...

Should You Have a Horse in College? Probably Not, But Do It Anyway

BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN When I prepared for my first semester at college as an eighteen-year-old freshman, I got ready in a way that many others have. I went shopping with my parents for...

College Isn’t a Waste of Time for Aspiring Equestrian Professionals

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER While I spent a lot of time debating colleges, degrees and career paths, I always knew that I wanted to do something with horses. Many young people who want to work in...

The Road to IEA Nationals

BY LAUREN KEILTY IEA season is a wrap as Hunt-Seat National Finals finished up in Syracuse, NY. Only the top eighteen riders and teams got that far, but what did it take to get there?...

A Guide to Horse Donations

BY RITA TIMPARANO Have you been trying to sell your horse for the past few weeks, months or perhaps years? All the bills associated with owning a horse continue to accumulate: board, training, farrier, veterinarian,...

Taylor St Jacques Panel on Success After Junior Years

BY HELENA GLOVER WEISS The arduous life of a junior rider requires extreme commitment, but the transition from a junior to an amateur needs much more. Taylor St Jacques, the 2017 winner of the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunt...

So Much More Than a Diploma: St. Andrews University Equestrian Studies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Picking a college is the first step of adulthood for many, and there are countless factors that go into determining which school is the best fit. But add horses into the mix?...

Creating Opportunities: My Experiences as a Working Student In and After College

BY AMANDA TERBRUSCH When you think of the words “working student” you probably think of aspiring professionals, junior riders looking to work their way onto the ‘A’ circuit, or even young teenagers willing to spend...

6 Pieces of Advice for Competing at IEA Nationals

 Written by: Carly Nasznic, Photos by: Stan Nasznic  The 2015 IEA National Finals are coming up very soon and with only a limited time to prepare for them, here are some tips on how to make...

5 Tips to Survive Your First Collegiate Horse Show

BY DANA WHITE Being on a collegiate show team is exciting, but if it is your first show, the unknown may lead to some unwanted nerves. To help combat your concerns, remember to stick to...