Hunt Seat competitions for grades 4–12.

About the IEA Hunt Seat Program:

  • Open to riders in grades 4-12.
  • Horse and tack assembled for all competitions by Host Team(s).
  • 2 Hunt Seat Classes Offered – Equitation on the Flat and Over Fences.
  • 4 Ability Levels for Equitation on the Flat: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Open.
  • Flat classes may include patterns for upper levels.
  • 3 Ability Levels for Over Fences: Novice, Intermediate and Open.
  • 4th or 5th grade riders can now be POINT RIDERS on middle school (Futures) teams and compete in any eligible division level.
  • Over fences classes include cross-rails, 2’ and 2’6” jumps.
  • ASTM/SEI Helmets are mandatory for all Hunt Seat riders.
  • Zone and National Scholarship Awards available.
  • Competition season 2023-24:  August 1 – April 30.
  • The 2024 IEA Hunt Seat National Finals will be held in late April 25-28, 2024 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.

If you are interested in starting a team, or finding a team in your area, please contact IEA membership Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Eaton or by calling 1-877-RIDE-IEA x203

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