The mission of the IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction. Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities. The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation.
Each team member is allowed to compete in up to 5 shows. During these 5 shows riders will try to accumulate points to qualify for post season competition. The team will also accumulate points during the regular season shows towards post season.
LYSS IEA members maintain a regular lesson schedule and join team practices as well. Our team also hosts an IEA horse show in October.