As the curtains on the 2023 competition season begins to close, the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is looking back on a successful year of Interscholastic Team Challenges with bright eyes as the inaugural IEL Championship approaches in 2024. The IEL, which will soon be open to USEA Members in the extended age range of 5th through 12th grade, has had a strong summer and fall season of team challenges that brought eventers from across the Areas together to compete and no doubt gave them invaluable experience as they prepare for the first ever program Championship at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, next spring.
For professional Jennifer Howlett Rousseau, the USEA’s Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) was a natural fit for her students. Based at her L’Esprit Equestrian in Woodstock, Illinois, Rousseau enjoys teaching children and young adults and tries to foster a team environment in the barn.
Anticipation for the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Championship is growing, and the host venue, Stable View, is up for the task of making both events an unforgettable experience for all involved. For the first time, the Intercollegiate and IEL program championships will be hosted on the same weekend at the Stable View H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, 2024, creating greater unity between the programs and demonstrating a clear pipeline of participation in the sport from grade school through college and beyond.
The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League was created in August 2020 with the goal of providing team experience and building camaraderie among USEA Young Rider program members in grades 7 through 12. IEL Affiliates are comprised of young riders who share a common bond, such as attending the same school, riding at the same barn or being on the same pony club, for example.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA), USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Committee and USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Task Force are proud to announce that the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and new USEA IEL Championship will be hosted in Aiken, SC at Stable View in 2024 and 2025. The Stable View H.T. on May 4-5, 2024 and May 3-4, 2025 will serve as the host event for both championships, fostering a pipeline for participation in the sport from grade school through college and beyond.
As the school year wraps up in most parts of the United States, grade-school age students are breathing a sigh of relief as they take a break from the textbooks and welcome more free time into their schedules. What does this mean? More time to compete and participate in Interscholastic Team Challenges, of course! The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL), which is open to USEA Members in 7th through 12th grade, has had a strong start to the season with team challenges hosted since late January in Areas II, III ,and IV.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) and the Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Task Force are thrilled to announce the introduction of Interscholastic Leaderboards for 2023. Starting this year, all IEL members will have the opportunity to earn points at competitions across the country which will be reflected in their year-end status on special Interscholastic-specific leaderboards, similar to the Intercollegiate leaderboards that were introduced in 2016. With the inaugural IEL Championship approaching in 2024, the IEL leaderboards will be a great first step in preparing to compete next spring.
The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) was created in 2020 to provide a format for team competitions for 7th through 12th grade junior members of the USEA. The mission of the program is to foster team camaraderie, provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests, and create a pathway to participation in the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program. Teams are made up of junior eventers that share common bonds, such as attending the same school, being a part of the same Pony Club. or riding with the same trainer. For Full Moon Farm’s IEL team, the members’ shared bond is a family-owned and operated farm and lesson program in Carroll County, Maryland, that is spearheaded by the Fulton family.
Calling all USEA members in 7th through 12th grade! Now is the time to establish your teams and prepare to compete in the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL). The 2023 IEL Team Challenge calendar is now available, and members are encouraged to start planning their competition seasons to participate!
The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its second year and continues to be extremely popular among junior members. This new program encourages team camaraderie and gives junior members a chance to compete in a team atmosphere. It also helps provide a pathway for those riders who seek to be part of a collegiate eventing program as they graduate high school.
Whether you plan on participating in the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) or the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program this year, make sure your name is on the team roster! All IEL and Collegiate teams should submit their team rosters to the USEA by Tuesday, February 15.