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Youth Board

Youth Board Brochure

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2023-2024 Youth Board National Finals Apparel Sponsors

2022-2023 National Finals Youth Board Game Night & Candy Bar Social Sponsor

Interested in becoming a Youth Board Apparel or Event Sponsor for 2023-2024?  Contact IEA Sales Manager, Megan Taylor at [email protected].

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IEA Youth Board Application

Applications for the 2024-2025 Youth Board are now OPEN. Applications close Sunday, July 14th at midnight.

IEA Youth Board Application Requirements

  • Have two years of IEA experience as an active member.
  • Riders applying must be in 8th – 12th grades to be eligible.
  • Riders must complete and submit the entire Youth Board Application posted above.
  • Rides must submit TWO references. One IEA related reference and one NON-IEA related reference. 

If you have any questions about the Youth Board or the application process, please feel free to contact the Youth Board Advisors, Susan Wentzel or Montana McKnight.

IEA Youth Board Declaration of Candidacy

IEA rider members who wish to sit on the Youth Board must:

  • Have two years of IEA experience as an active member;
  • Complete all IEA Youth Board application requirements;
  • Applicants must choose to run for either Hunt Seat, Western, or Dressage. Cross over riders must declare a discipline for which to run;
  • Riders applying must be in 8th – 12th grades to be eligible.
 IEA Youth Board Breakdown: 
 
  • 11 Hunt Seat representatives
    • One representative per Hunt Seat Zone
  • 6 Dressage representatives
    • One representative per Dressage Zone
  • 6 Western representatives
    • We are looking for representatives that cover the different geographical areas for Western. 

IEA Youth Board Duties

The IEA Youth Board members will:

  • Act as a voice for the IEA membership population;
  • Meet monthly via conference call/Zoom 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.);
  • Promote the #rideiea hashtag on social media through official youth board postings;
  • Represent the IEA as youth ambassadors at various outreach and marketing programs throughout the year;
  • Research and promote 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.

2023-2024 Youth Board Members

IEA is proud to introduce your 2023-24 Youth Board. Congratulations and let’s have a great season! 

IEA Youth Board Statement of Purpose

The IEA Youth Board was created to provide adult members and leadership an avenue for which to hear the youth voice and to offer leadership opportunities to rider members.

IEA Youth Board Structure

The Youth Board will be structured as follows:

Newly installed Youth Board members will elect from themselves three officers: president, vice president, and secretary. The three positions must be filled with riders who are in upper school.

The IEA has appointed Susan Wentzel and Montana McKnight as IEA Youth Board Advisors for the 2023-2024 competition year.

The student representatives will be elected within their area as described below to serve a one-year team. Past members must apply again.

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Today, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced the elected members of the 2019-2020 IEA Youth Board. The Youth Board was created by the IEA’s Education Committee in 2016 and is governed by Adult Advisors Shara Prieskorn (IEA Membership Office Coordinator), Simon Towns (Zone Captain), and Sue Wentzel (IEA National Steward), as well as two IEA Alumni – Hannah Bentz and Aubrey Braham.

The IEA Youth Board is structured with one student representative from each of the ten Hunt Seat Zones and four representatives from among the nine Western Regions.

Each of the following representatives submitted their application for candidacy with a resume and two letters of recommendation. After verifying each application, an election was held in each zone and the members of that zone elected their representative.

“The IEA Youth Board has become an invaluable addition to our organization”, stated IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director Roxane Durant. “This program gives adult IEA members and leadership an avenue to hear the youth voice and to offer an opportunity for mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership growth to IEA youth members. As in previous years, we have found the Youth Board to be fantastic advocates for IEA and equestrian sport in general and we look forward to another fun Youth Board year.”

The 2019-2020 IEA Youth Board Representatives are as follows:

  • ZONE 1 – Anna Kelly, a Junior from Marshfield, MA who rides with Cranberry Acres
  • ZONE 2 – Willow Vince, a Junior from New York, NW who rides with Empire State Equestrian Team
  • ZONE 3 – Emily Grace Swinson, a Junior from Raleigh, NC who rides with Fox Run Equestrian NC
  • ZONE 4 – Savannah Hutto, a Junior from Timmonsville, SC who rides with Tally Ho SC
  • ZONE 5 – Andrea Seroczynski, a Senior from Granger, IN who rides with Heatherwood Equestrian Academy
  • ZONE 7 – Morgan O’Donnell, a Senior from League City, TX who rides with Blue Fox Farms
  • ZONE 8 – Kenzie Riddell, a Senior from Scottsdale, AZ who rides with Scottsdale Equestrian Team
  • ZONE 9 – Tara Wall, a Freshman from Bellingham, WA who rides with Creidmount Saddle Club
  • ZONE 10 – Samantha Zagha, a Senior from Belmount, CA who rides with Woodside Team
  • ZONE 11 – Matt Tracy, a Sophomore from Pennington, NJ who rides with Briarwood Farm Equestrian Team
  • WESTERN REGION 11 – Ryann Piperno, a Senior from Schwenksville, PA who rides with Saddlebrook Equestrian Team
  • WESTERN REGION 11 – Mary Nell Tripp, a Sophomore from Birmingham, PA who rides with Grier School
  • WESTERN REGION 7 – Natalie Dresdow, a Junior from Overland Park, KS who rides with Black Diamond Equestrians
  • WESTERN REGION 7 – Kaleigh Bennett, a Freshman from Oklahoma City, OK who rides with Black Diamond Equestrians
  • ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE – Hannah Bentz from Boca Raton, Florida and a former member of Wall Street Farm Wellington IEA Team
  • ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE – Aubrey Braham from Grove City, Pennsylvania and former member of Grove City Area Equestrian Team