VanderZicht Stables IEA Team Info!


IEA is a unique way for avid equestrians to compete in a team format while not needing to own their own horse. The association itself also offers various scholarships to competing members. In order to participate in VanderZicht Stables IEA Team, riders must be enrolled in at least one group lesson and one private lesson per week. Students must be able to walk, trot and canter independently in order to compete. Members also need to commit to helping with all IEA shows that we are obligated to co-host with (dates are determined at the beginning of the season). Riders must also provide their own show clothing. Riders are expected to participate in at least one practice (times and dates TBD) before each horse show they participate in. There is a team fee to join and all practices and horses shows are at an additional cost.



The IEA members compete with a team or on an individual basis in Hunt Seat, Western and Saddle Seat disciplines. There is no need for any rider to own a horse. The MISSION of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction. The IEA PURPOSE is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 11 through 19). To fulfill its purpose, the IEA offers guidance regarding the creation and development of school and/or barn associated equestrian programs. IEA coaches aim to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized student competitions and additional equine educational opportunities. Through the IEA, students have the opportunity to earn scholarships towards their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities. Great for college Resumes!

 *You can learn more about IEA by visiting


IEA Competition Format

The unique aspect of these competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are provided to the students at the show. The host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Some of the equipment may be borrowed from various training barns and facilities. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the over fences classes, essentially, the horse is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse.

Fee’s for the IEA year-

$350 for registration for the year – this covers coaches and Team fees- 

Show fees- show fees are usually $40 per class 

Coaching Fee's - TBD

Team practices and private lessons – We require riders to ride in 6 lessons per month

Which include 1 private and 1 team practice per week. Team practices are an hour long and are a discounted rate of $40 per student.


IEA competes all the way through the national level. It gives students a great opportunity to ride a variety of horses and show on an affordable level without owning or leasing their own horse. It is a great way to get scouted by colleges as well.


*To those students who are not yet eligible to be apart of our IEA team, either by age or level, we encourage you to keep working hard and if you are serious about becoming apart of our IEA and show team one day it is recommended to ride 2 times per week to advance your skills!