Many things must come together to get a new IEA team off the ground. Assembling a group of riders who are interested in the program is the first step. You must have three (3) riders in an age group to start a team. (3 middle school riders or 3 upper school riders). Once you’re ready to get going, you must have the following:
- Host Barn: Every team should have a facility to practice and access to enough horses to support team lessons and showing. While IEA teams do not need to be affiliated with a school, many enjoy the support of being on a school-recognized team.
- Coach: An IEA Coach must be 21 years old and have proof of liability insurance ($500,000), or must purchase the appropriate IEA liability insurance through Equisure ($150/year covers participation in IEA events and practices).
- Membership Applications: Once you have the riders, coach and facility, you must submit a membership Packet to the IEA. A Membership Checklist is available that reviews all required paperwork and forms for teams, coaches and riders.
Membership applications may be submitted at any time during the season, with the exception of the initial team registration paperwork, which is due no later than November 1st.