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IEA Holds Inaugural Dressage National Finals in Texas

Friday, May 28, 2021 (Columbus, Ohio) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) wrapped up their Dressage show season with their first official Dressage National Finals on May 15-16, 2021 at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. A relatively new discipline for IEA, the Dressage program has been in existence as a pilot program since 2017 and was slated to have their first National Finals in 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. Despite pandemic-related challenges faced by everyone, IEA leadership, coaches, riders and parents pulled together and safely hosted more than 900 individual horse shows (Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage) from August 2020 to the present to qualify more than 140 riders from across the nation for the 2021 IEA Dressage National Finals. Previously in 2018 and 2019, IEA hosted a Dressage Finale at the end of their season, but without the typical qualifications required of a National Finals.