Nov 19, 2020

How to Sign Up for the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The USEA has a new program named the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) and since the announcement last month, this new program has gained widespread interest from members all over the country. The USEA website now has an interscholastic homepage that includes guidelines, a scoring template for event organizers, an IEL application form, and a list of interscholastic teams that are already registered for 2021.

With so much interest in this new program, please learn how to register for the IEL using the steps below.

1. Check the IEL eligibility requirements

    Any individual who is currently in the 7th through 12th grade is eligible to become a member of the IEL. Members of the IEL should register with the USEA as a USEA Junior member. Membership must be renewed each year. For more details on eligibility, please review the IEL guidelines.

    2. Renew your USEA Junior membership for 2021

      The program will start when the 2021 USEA competition season officially begins on December 1, 2020. The IEL registration will be available for Junior members on their USEA Online Services starting on December 1, 2020.

      Please keep in mind that all members of the IEL must be current Junior members of the USEA. If you have any questions regarding IEL registration, please email USEA Senior Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected].

      3. Form an interscholastic team

        An interscholastic team can have two to 50+ members as there is no limit on the size of an interscholastic team. An interscholastic team can be any group of junior riders who share a common bond - the same barns, the same school, same Pony Club, same area, etc. Junior riders may only affiliate themselves with one interscholastic team per year.

        The only limit on team size is when an interscholastic team competes in an interscholastic team challenge. In interscholastic team challenges, members are put on 3- or 4-man teams. However, an interscholastic team can have more than one team competing in an interscholastic team challenge. For example, in the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program, the University of Kentucky has over 50 members on their team and in intercollegiate team challenges they typically have more than one team competing (UK Team 1, UK Team 2, etc.)

        4. Elect a team representative

          Each interscholastic team should elect one team representative to be the point of contact for the USEA. This representative does not need to be a Junior member. The representative can be a coach, parent, owner, team captain, etc. The USEA requires that every team representative of this program is SafeSport certified.

          Please note that the 'team representative' is also known as the 'affiliate representative' and these two terms are used interchangeably.

          5. Register your team with the USEA

            A list of interscholastic teams is now available on the USEA website. Click here to view the list and see if your team is already affiliated with the USEA.

            If your team is not on the list, fill out the IEL application form and your team representative should send the completed application form and a team roster (a list of members on the team) to USEA Senior Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected].

            Team registration is free for the first two years (through 2022) after which a $75 annual affiliate fee will be applied. For interscholastic teams that are associated with a USEA ICP certified instructor, the $75 affiliate fee will always be waived. The ICP instructor may only be affiliated with one interscholastic team. But, IEL is not limited to just ICP instructors - the USEA welcomes any coach, trainer, or instructor that has junior members to register a team.

            6. Plan for upcoming 2021 interscholastic team challenges

              Keep an eye out for the 2021 interscholastic team challenge calendar which will be published on the USEA website in December 2020.

              The interscholastic team challenges will run in conjunction with USEA recognized horse trials. Interscholastic team challenges will follow the USEF Rules for Eventing, therefore, IEL members are not allowed to share horses during a competition. However, they can share the horses while training at home. For event organizers who are interested in hosting an interscholastic team challenge, please email Claire Kelley at [email protected].

              7. Have fun!

                This program hopes to encourage team camaraderie and will give junior members a unique opportunity to compete in a team atmosphere. 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.

                For more information on the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League, please visit the IEL page on the USEA website.

                Jan 30, 2023

                USEF New Phone and Fax Number

                The USEF's main phone number and fax number have changed. We wanted to notify you so you continue to get the support you need.

                Jan 30, 2023 Instructors

                USEA Podcast #327: All About the Eventing Coaches Program

                With the recent wrap-up of the 2023 Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium in Ocala, Florida, USEA Podcast Host Nicole Brown chats with ECP Faculty Members Jennifer Howlett Rousseau and Robin Walker about all things related to the ECP. From the USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels to the benefits of pursuing certification, selecting the best coach for you, recapping this year's Symposium, and more - this week's USEA podcast is the perfect educational tool for coaches and riders alike!

                Jan 29, 2023 Education

                3 Steps to More Successful Saddle Time in 2023

                Time is precious. Time with your horse even more so. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time in the saddle or more time enjoying the barn, you’ll want to implement these best practices to minimize stress and make the most of 2023.

                Jan 28, 2023 Membership

                Now On Course: Woodrow Goes Wild to Mild

                Did you know that there are over 53,000 wild mustangs in holding facilities across the United States? My mustang journey began in February 2018 after losing my heart horse whom I had just shy of 20 years. I wanted another horse of color, and my friend sent me the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) internet adoption link. I was amazed at all of the horses available on the internet auction, but I quickly fell in love with Woodrow. I learned that he was a popular band stallion in Wyoming and had been followed by photographers for close to three years.

                Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

                Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

                Official Feed of the USEA

                Official Saddle of the USEA

                Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA

                Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

                Official Forage of the USEA

                Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

                Official Outerwear of the USEA

                Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA