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Interscholastic Equestrian Association, Inc (IEA)
What it is: Promotes and improves the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students (grades 6-12). Hunt Seat
Equitation and Western Divisions.
Competition: Divided into Futures, Junior Varsity and Varsity based on grade and experience. Points at regular shows are used for qualification toward Regional and Zone
Finals.
National Championship: For top qualifiers at the Zone Finals based on placings. Team and individual competition at all levels.
Other: Horses and tack are provided by the host school and assigned by draw. Flat class riders mount and ride the horses with no warm-up; Over Fences class riders are
allowed two practice jumps.
www.rideiea.com

Intercollegiate Riding Programs Comparison Chart


Organization


Year
Founded


# of Colleges
2007-08


# of Riders
2007-08

College
Riding
Scholarship
s
Given
MALE and
FEMALE
riders
allowed
to
participate

Beginning
Rider
Divisions

Disciplines
Offered

Varsity
Sport*

Affiliate
Organizations

Amateur
Status Required
ANRC
Affiliated
National
Riding
Commission
(National
Competition
founded
1979)



1947



>40



NA
 


YES



YES


Hunter, Hunter
Equitation


Depends
on
Colllege


USEF
USHJA



YES


IHSA
Intercollegiate
Horse Show
Association




1967




364



8,293

Unlimited via
individual
colleges
the IHSA and
the AQHA
also
offer several
to qualified
students.




YES




YES


Hunter Seat
Equitation,
Western
Horsemanship,
Reining.



Depends
on
College


USEF
USHJA
AQHA
NRHA




No
NCAA
Equestrian
Sport
(Emerging)


1998


23


NA

Limited via
individual
colleges
Division I
Female
only
Division II
& III
Co-Ed

NO
(Open
Riders Only)
Hunter Seat,
Western
Horsemanship,
Reining


YES

NCAA
USEF
AQHA


YES
IDA
Intercollegiate
Dressage
Association

2001

44

>550
Unlimited via
individual
colleges

YES

YES

Dressage
Depends
on
College
USEF
USDF

NO
Other Collegiate and Scholastic Riding Organizations
* Designation of Varsity level sport:
In college equestrian sports, "varsity" is defined as a program fully supported by the college in the form of athletic scholarships, student fees, travel expenses and other
expenses associated with team training and competition. Many colleges that participate in ANRC, IHSA, and IDA fully fund their equestrian teams in the same manner that
other colleges fund their basketball, football, baseball or other main stream sports and in the same manner that NCAA equestrian colleges fund their programs. To find out
the level of support given a college's equestrian program, contact their admissions department or the team coach.

                                             Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America, Inc.

RIFNA is a national organization whose mission is to introduce and expand equestrian sports to students in grades 6-12. RIFNA assists barns and
educational institutions to create equestrian clubs. RIFNA riders must maintain the educational standards of other athletes in their schools.
Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America, Inc. (RIFNA) is a national organization that functions as an interscholastic governing body
between schools and farms to promote and award college scholarships to student riders of all riding levels and economic backgrounds the
opportunity to:
Participate in an organized interscholastic equestrian club, sanctioned by RIFNA
Take riding lessons in up to three disciplines (Western, Dressage, Hunter/Equitation) from a RIFNA Coach
Ride and compete at RIFNA facilities
Gain show experience and confidence by competing in RIFNA sponsored meets and shows locally and nationally that are run in an intercollegiate
format.
Be recognized as athletes in their schools by working with the state governing board to meet the requirements necessary to become a sport
Gain access to various sources of college funding, including the awarding of scholarships directly from RIFNA
Learn the basics of barn management by involving students in the day-to-day care of the horse, horse stall, and equipment
Attend educational clinics to further the student's knowledge of horses and horseback riding.
RIFNA currently recognizes three disciplines -- Hunter/Equitation, Dressage, and Western. RIFNA encourages students in all riding levels -- from
the novice to the open rider -- to join. Talent, training, and team work make a successful RIFNA team.
RIFNA stresses education for its riders and coaches by organizing veterinarian and riding clinics. RIFNA members are encouraged to participate in
their barn's show management program. Even non-riding team members can participate in the clinics and show management programs. Join RIFNA
today and become part of the excitement!
For more information, contact us via phone, 770-781-3833, or
email, info@rifna.com
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