Membership Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 season are closed.

The IEA recommends gathering team members over the summer and submitting your complete team membership registration between JUNE and SEPTEMBER.  Registering early will provide you with the most opportunities for a full show season.

Regular season competitions begin August 1st each year and run through January/February in most cases.  Post-season shows typically run January – March.

Make plans now to join or start a team for the 2024-2025 IEA season! (2024-2025 applications will open June 2024)

A few tips when submitting applications:

  • The IEA is now accepting electronic signatures for all membership applications.
  • No need to send a printed, signed copy of your application to the Membership Office.  
  • All adult members must submit a certificate confirming that they have completed SafeSport Training through US Equestrian.  More information can be found on our SafeSport page.
  • All Coaches, Adult Contributing Members and Show Officials must complete an IEA Rules Quiz. Quizzes are available on this page below the membership applications (purple buttons).  Each quiz contains 25 questions and is designed to encourage a better understanding of the IEA Rules and Regulations.
  • Proof of Liability Insurance must be included with the Coach application per Rule G2303.1.1
  • A team is considered complete only when it contains all the necessary documentation.  Please review the Team Registration Checklist for a complete list.
  • Please allow 10 business days processing time for all complete applications.
NOTE: Unrestricted enrollment for all team submissions ends on October 1st.  Teams who wish to join after October 1st must receive permission from the Zone Administrator.  Approval will be based on the number of remaining competitions in your area.

New - Adult Pilot Program

  • IEA launched a PILOT PROGRAM for Adult Riders this past season and plan to continue the program into the 2024-2025 season.
  • Click here to find out more about the Adult Pilot Program

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 for 2024-2025 Season

Membership TypeBefore October 1, 2024After October 1, 2024
Youth Rider$70$80
Show Officials$60$60
Junior Contributing Member$35$35
Middle School Team per Discipline$175$200
Upper School Team per Discipline$175$200
Both Upper & Middle School Teams *$250$275
  • The discounted rate for 2 teams only applies when both levels per discipline are registered at the same time.

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

The IEA hosts 3 disciplines: Hunt SeatWestern, and Dressage.

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 G2302.

Riders are organized by their grade level.

  • Riders in grades 4 – 8 compete on a Middle School (Futures) team.
  • Riders in grades 9 – 12 compete on an Upper School (Varsity / Jr Varsity) 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 $1,000,000 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.