Jan 09, 2023

2023 Interscholastic Eventing League Team Challenge Calendar Now Available

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff
IEL Team Garth. Photo courtesy of Kenna Jensen

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 mission of IEL is to bring together junior riders with a common interest and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. This program encourages team camaraderie and gives junior members a chance to compete in a team atmosphere. As participants progress, the program also provides a pathway for those seeking to be part of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program once they’ve graduated high school. The goal of the IEL is to increase membership, education, and engagement in riders on a national level who are in 7th through 12th grade.

View the list of IEL team challenges below to start planning your must-attend events. Keep in mind that the calendar below is a preliminary, tentative list of events hosting IEL Team Challenges and it is subject to change. New challenges can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to encourage them to apply to host an IEL team challenge. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2023 IEL Team Challenges Calendar

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Area III) January 21-22, 2023
Sporting Days Farm February H.T. (Area III) February 4-5, 2023
Sporting Days Farm March H.T. (Area III) March 5, 2023
Stable View Spring 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III) April 7-9, 2023
FENCE H.T. (Area III) April 15-16, 2023
Poplar Place April H.T. (Area III) April 15-16, 2023
Sporting Days Farm April H.T. (Area III) April 22, 2023
Meadowcreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area V) April 22-23, 2023
Stable View Local Charities H.T. (Area III) May 6-7, 2023
Waredaca H.T. (Area II) May 6-7, 2023
Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Area II) May 20-21, 2023
Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Area IV) May 27-28, 2023
Poplar Place Farm June H.T. (Area III) June 3-4, 2023
MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Area II) June 3-4, 2023
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Area II) July 14-16, 2023
Full Moon Farms H.T. (Area II) July 23, 2023
Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Area II) August 12-13, 2023
Waredaca H.T. (Area II) August 19-20, 2023
Town Hill H.T. (Area I) August 28, 2023
Heritage Park H.T. (Area IV) September 23-24, 2023
Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III) September 29 - October 1, 2023
Poplar Place Farm October H.T. (Area III) October 14-15, 2023
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club "Morris the Horse" Trials (Area III) October 21-22, 2023
Waredaca Classic Three-Day & H.T. (Area II) October 27-29, 2023
Full Moon Farm H.T. (Area II) November 12, 2023

Are you interested in hosting an IEL Team Challenge? Follow this step-by-step guide for hosting a team challenge and contact staff liaison Kaleigh Collett at [email protected] to sign up.

Don’t see an IEL team challenge near you? Contact your local USEA Horse Trial Organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host an IEL team challenge at their event.

IEL team rosters are due to the USEA Senior Director of Membership Service, Jennifer Hardwick, at [email protected] by February 15, 2023. Please list all members of your IEL team on this roster.

About the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL)

In August 2020, the USEA Board of Governors approved the creation of the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) as an official program of the USEA. The mission of IEL is to unite junior riders who are in the 7-12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. A group of junior members in the 7th-12th grade who share a common bond, such as the same barn, school, Pony Club, or other connection, register with the USEA as an interscholastic team. Click here to learn more about the Interscholastic Eventing League.

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