Riders in grades 4-12 are eligible to ride in IEA. Meadow Creek Farm has both a Middle School and High School IEA team! Classes range from walk trot to intermediate in Middle School and walk trot canter to the open level for High School.
The MCF IEA team is in Region 6 of Zone 2. The team starts their season in September and continues through February. Riders practice once weekly in a group setting with their teammates. During this time, riders will have the opportunity to ride a number of different horses and practice in different tack.
Riders attend 5 shows during the normal season including 2 home shows. Outside of the home shows, riders travel to barns within the region to fulfill the five shows.
After February, post season begins. Riders who accumulate 18 points over the 5 shows qualify to compete at regionals individually. Additionally, teams who accumulate 20 points move on to regionals as a team.
After regionals, riders and teams who are champion or reserve champion move on to Zones. Finally, riders and teams who receive champion or reserve champion at zones move on to nationals.
The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced. The IEA has set guidelines for the placement of new riders entering the IEA to allow for the unique program format of riding an unfamiliar horse.