ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL RIDERS….Have you ever dreamed of
competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) when you go to
How would you like to start competing right now in an organization that
mirrors the IHSA and will help prepare you to compete in college?
My name is Alicia Story. My
husband, Head Coach of the College of Charleston Equestrian Team Bob Story, and I coach the women's Varsity Equestrian Team at the College of
Charleston (C of C) at Storybook Farm.
We have organized a composite team which is comprised of riders from the
area's middle and high schools. Our tryouts are open to anyone who rides and would
like to show in the IEA. The riders will
only be required to take 2 team lessons per month during the competition season at our farm
and ride our horses. We will provide all grooming
supplies and tack. For the competitions you will
be required to have a complete show outfit. The IEA offers four levels of
riding, starting with walk/trot/canter all the way through the Open division.
This means that there is an opportunity for beginner riders as well as riders
competing at the USEF rated shows.
We are not interested in changing your present riding program
(trainer/barn) in any way. This is simply an
opportunity for you to experience a very different and challenging way
that will help prepare you for college competition. We enjoy meeting new
riders and working with them and their trainers to offer the best IEA
experience possible. We are extremely proud of bringing together so many
of the Charleston area's best riders...riders who would never have
crossed paths in life become close friends on this warm and friendly
Our 34 year involvement with the IHSA gives us the knowledge and
experience to make this team fun as well as successful.
The IEA is a stepping stone to the Intercollegiate
Horse Show Association (IHSA) in which our C of C Team has been competing in
since 1983. The Cougars have been nationally ranked in the top 10 fifteen times
since 1983. We are thrilled to offer this level of
competition to middle and high school students across the Tri-County area.
The following is an excerpt from the IEA web site: The mission of IEA is to introduce students
in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian
sports, to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports
through organized student competitions, to provide students with organized
competitive events and to provide additional equine educational
opportunities. Through the IEA, students may also have the opportunity to
earn scholarships towards their college education.
How It WorksThe IEA was founded on the principle that any middle school
or high school student should be able to participate in horse shows, regardless
of their financial status or riding level. The IEA attempts to eliminate the expenses of students owning
horses and allows more students to compete. Students ride horses that are
furnished by the host barn and chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and limited schooling
is permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of
the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot/canter for first year students to the
Open Division for the more experienced riders.