The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has remained true to its mission: Introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11 through 19) to equestrian sport. Beginning with 250 riders, the IEA now has over 12,500 members and is the largest youth equestrian association in the United States. The uniqueness of the IEA, and primary reason for the organization's growth, is the fact no rider needs to own a horse to participate in the IEA. The IEA provides a mount and tack to each youngster at every event - - from local shows to the National Finals. In addition, should any rider not be able to pay for IEA involvement, or any coach meet with a hardship, financial assistance is available for those who qualify through the IEA Benevolent Fund. These exceptional athletes have the ability to earn letter jackets and trophies and, most important, gain the learning experience that comes with team sports, while also excelling as individuals. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org. concerning the creation and each year at the IEA National Final competitions, the IEA awards a total of $15,000 in scholarships to the top placing and second highest placing Seniors in individual classes at our National Finals.