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.
Interscholastic leaderboards will be offered for all levels, Beginner Novice through Advanced, and only members of the Interscholastic Eventing League that are listed on one of the IEL Affiliate rosters will be able to accrue points towards the year-end leaderboard. All IEL members’ points will count towards their year-end status, but members are encouraged to participate in events that offer Interscholastic Team Challenges with their teammates to support each other and build team camaraderie. The upgrade placing and point system utilized for the Junior leaderboards will not apply to the IEL leaderboard. For more information on the leaderboard point system, click here.
“Having a leaderboard for Interscholastic Eventing League participants is the first step in creating visibility for the IEL Program,” said Chris Donovan, Co-Chair of the IEL Task Force. “As the IEL continues to mature, I look forward to seeing more Affiliates create teams and Organizers supporting Team Challenges.”
Next year, IEL members will be invited to compete in the first annual IEL Championship. All IEL affiliates will be welcome and encouraged to enter to compete at the event in the spring of 2024. There’s no better time than now to start preparing for this exciting opportunity! By competing this season and earning points towards your year-end status, you are not only gaining the opportunity to be recognized by the USEA for your efforts at the end of the year, but you are also setting the foundation for success at next year’s championship. More information regarding the inaugural IEL Championship, which will be hosted alongside the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, will be forthcoming.
Are you interested in joining the Interscholastic Eventing League? View the list of current IEL Affiliates and reach out to the Affiliate contacts to learn more. If you would like to start a team in your area, follow instructions on the IEL homepage and contact staff liaison Kaleigh Collett at [email protected] if you have any questions.
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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