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.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.
The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
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