The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) will officially kick off in 2021 with the first interscholastic team challenges taking place this year. The mission of the 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. This program will also help provide a pathway for those riders who seek to be part of a collegiate eventing program as they graduate high school.
Any rider who is currently in 7th through 12th grade is eligible to become an IEL member. Members who wish to join an IEL team should register with the USEA as a Junior Member. Please note, IEL memberships are by calendar year, not school year, so Seniors who graduate in the spring will still be eligible to compete in interscholastic team challenges in the summer and fall.
Team representatives should send their team rosters to the USEA Senior Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected] by February 15. Please list every member on your IEL team.
As this is the IEL’s first year, new IEL members can be added throughout the year. New IEL teams will also be able to register and submit rosters at any time during the year.
As there is currently no option to select your IEL team on your USEA membership profile, the only way to be included in the IEL is to have your name included on an IEL roster.
There is no minimum or no maximum number of members that can be on an interscholastic team. However, in interscholastic team challenges, teams are limited to three or four athlete/horse combinations. IEL teams are still welcome to put forward multiple teams at a single interscholastic team challenge.
Please remember that every IEL team must be registered with the USEA. Click here to register for 2021!
Refresh on the rules of the program by reviewing the Interscholastic Eventing League Guidelines.
Start planning your season by checking out the 2021 Interscholastic Team Challenge calendar.
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 bring together 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 (same barn, same school, same Pony Club, etc.) register with the USEA as an interscholastic team. Click here to learn more about the Interscholastic Eventing League.
Tomorrow, the first of five regional clinics for the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 (EA21) Program kicks off in the central region of the country in Benton, Louisiana, at Holly Hill Farm. Throughout the summer, the remaining clinics on the East and West Coast will follow. At each clinic, 12 hand-selected riders will participate in a two-day clinic led by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) coaches. The purpose of the EA21 program is to create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency. The intention is to provide young athletes with access to an added level of horsemanship and riding skills to further their training and skill development with greater consistency.
After the first day of competition, Canadian Olympian Colleen Loach and her horse FE Golden Eye lead an international field in the CCI4*-L division of the MARS Bromont CCI.
Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials, located in Hanoverton, Ohio, announced they would cancel their fall horse trials, which were scheduled for Sept. 23-24.
Morgan Rowsell had just wrapped up organizing a successful Essex H.T. in Far Hills, New Jersey, on June 4, but as he turned his attention to his next show two weeks later, he was faced with challenges presented by the effects that wildfires from Canada are now having on equestrian sports in the Northeast. “The very next day, the smoke came in,” he said. “It looks like a warm, humid, hazy day, but it’s not humid, it’s not warm, it’s actually quite cool. There’s no air. There’s very little breeze. There’s a northeast wind coming out of Canada that is bringing all the Novia Scotia and Quebec smoke to us, and it smells like smoke.”