2016-17 IEA Youth Board
Hunt Seat Western
Zone 1 Shannon Gorsky
Full Circle Farm
Grace Markowski
Hillside
Zone 2 Kimberly Pokstis
Greystone Stables
Anna Lia Sullivan
Saddlebrook
Zone 3 Elizabeth Trexler
Chatham Hall
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Zone 4 Abbie Humphries
Fortitude Farm
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Zone 5 Haley Carsonie
Sid Griffith
Keegan Lammers
Team JGPH
Zone 7 Alexandra Prymek
Hidden Acres
Madison Vance
Diamond V Ranch
Zone 8 Fallon O'Connell
Scottsdale Equestrian
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Zone 10 Alex Bischoff
Elvenstar
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IEA Youth Board Statement of Purpose

The IEA Youth Board has been created to give adult IEA members and leadership an avenue to hear the youth voice and to offer an opportunity for leadership to IEA youth members.


IEA Youth Board Structure

The Youth Board will be structured as follows:

  • Two Youth Board Advisors
  • Two Alumni Members
  • Two Student Representatives from each of the eight zones, consisting of one Western and one Hunt Seat member

The sixteen student members will elect from among themselves four officers: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The president and vice president positions will be filled by upper school students.

The IEA Education Committee (EdC) has appointed Sue Wentzel and Sharalyn Prieskorn as IEA Youth Board Advisors for the 2016-2017 competition year.

The sixteen student representatives will be elected within their zone as described below and serve a one year term. Past members must apply again.


IEA Youth Board Declaration of Candidacy

IEA riders who wish to sit on the Youth Board must:

  • Have two years of IEA experience as an active member
  • Submit the official IEA Youth Board application along with two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants must choose to run for either Hunt Seat or Western. Cross over riders must declare a discipline for which to run.

IEA Youth Board Application

  • Applicants will submit their youth board application along with two letters of recommendation, and one of yourself, to info@rideiea.org by September 1, 2016. All materials must be sent at the same time in one email. Please do not include additional materials. Your application and photo will be shared with rider members during voting.
  • The EdC will review all applicants and confirm they meet the criteria listed above to hold a Youth Board position.
  • All active IEA riders will receive a list of eligible candidates along with their applications via email from IEA and will elect two representatives within their zone.
  • The results of the election will be announced in early fall 2016.

IEA Youth Board Duties

The IEA Youth Board members will:

  • Act as a voice for the IEA membership population
  • Meet quarterly via conference call/skype to discuss issues
  • Assist with presentation of class awards at IEA national finals
  • Assist in social media contributions (online games, contests, activities, photo journals, etc.)
  • Maintain an online blog, Twitter account, Instagram, and/or Facebook page
  • Promote the #rideiea hashtag on social media through official youth board postings
  • Write a quarterly column for Take The Reins
  • Represent the IEA as youth ambassadors at various outreach and marketing programs throughout the year
  • Research potential scholarship opportunities for IEA members
  • Lead a meeting for all IEA members in their zone at their zone show
  • Hold one fundraiser per zone per year, with help from each zone administrator and approval of youth board advisor. Funds raised may benefit the IEA, some other philanthropic cause (i.e therapeutic riding), or a combination of both

IEA Youth Board Application

  • Completed application form (link to application form is below)
  • Download the application and save it to your computer before sending
  • One letter of reference from your IEA coach
  • One letter of reference from another source (youth leader, teacher, scout leader, etc. --┬áparents are excluded from being the other source)
  • One photo of yourself

If you have any questions about the Youth Board or the application process, please feel free to contact the Youth Board Advisors Sue Wentzel and Sharalyn Prieskorn at info@rideiea.org.

IEA Education Committee

Amanda Garner (chair)
Sharalyn Prieskorn
Simon Towns
Alicia Story
Tammy Braham
Jane DaCosta
James Morris