IEA Western Team and Rider Membership Extension

The deadline for completing memberships for Western teams and riders has been extended to December 15, 2017. The decision was made as part of a larger effort to expand the Western discipline within the IEA and assist those individuals, coaches, and teams with the variety of recent changes made to the Western program. Existing Western teams may add riders and new Western teams may also be formed up until the new extended deadline. The online membership application is no longer available. New riders and/or coaches must contact IEA Membership Marketing Coordinator, or call her at 1-877-RIDE-IEA x203 in order to take advantage of the extension.

Registration for the 2018-2019 season will begin in June of 2018.

The IEA Horsemanship Program is open to all youth in grades 4-12 who are current members of the IEA. Any youth who would like to participate in the program may do so as a Junior Contributing Member. Registration for the horsemanship program will be available through May of 2018.

Have questions about joining?

Updated Membership Process

We are no longer accepting payments for individual memberships by check.
To streamline the process of applying to the IEA and reduce processing times, the IEA Membership Office has implemented a simple, online 4-step process that includes payment through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.

A few tips when submitting applications:

  • New for this season - ALL adult members (Coaches, Stewards and Adult Contributing Members) must complete with a score of 80% or higher the IEA Rules Quiz. This 25-question quiz is open-book and designed to encourage a better understanding of the IEA Rules and Regulations.
  • A team is considered complete only when it contains all the necessary documentation. Please review the Membership Checklist for a complete list.
  • Printed and signed hard copies of each application will still need to be received by the Membership Office for an application to be considered complete. We recommend sending by a trackable method to insure the delivery of your application. The IEA Membership Office is not responsible for applications that are lost or delayed in delivery.
  • All applications require multiple signatures. Please double check applications for correct and complete signatures before submitting them to the Membership Office. Please review the witness signature guidelines available on each application to avoid any delays in processing.
  • Proof of Liability Insurance must be included with the Coach application per Rule 2303.1.
  • Please allow 15 business days processing time for all complete applications.

Note For Coaches

The IEA is committed to increasing concussion awareness in equestrian sports.

It is important that IEA coaches recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and head injuries in youth sports participants. To that end, IEA requires that coaches complete annually the free online training course in concussion recognition offered through the National Federation of State High School Associations at

Full details can be found on the Coach membership application

Application Fees

Membership Type Before July 3, 2017 After July 3, 2017
Rider $55 $60
Coach $50 $60
Contributing Member $45 $50
Middle School Team $125 $150
Upper School Team $125 $150
Both Upper & Middle School Teams $200 $225

Basic information for individuals who would like to start a new team

The IEA hosts 2 disciplines: Hunt Seat and Western

An IEA team consists of at least 1 coach and 3 rider members. Depending on member history with the IEA, the team may be required to host or co-host a regular season horse show according to Rule 2301.9.

Riders are organized by their grade level.

  • Riders in grades 6 - 8 compete on a Middle School team.
  • Riders in grades 9 -12 compete on an Upper School team.
  • A minimum of 3 riders are needed to form each type and level of the above teams.

An IEA Coach must be at least 21 years old and covered by a liability policy that carries a minimum coverage of $500,000 per occurrence. The IEA offers coverage through Equisure that can be purchased through the Membership Office. ($150/year covers participation in IEA events and practices)

Contributing Members are adult members of the IEA. Contributing Members may join a team, be authorized to handle team communications and assist with paperwork with the coach's permission.

Steward Members are adult members of the IEA who are joining to fulfill the membership requirement for eligibility to be hired as an IEA Steward. Please see IEA Rule 6501 for the list of requirements and more information.