2015-16 IEA Youth Board
Zone 1: Jocelyn Pratt, Hunt Seat
Zone 2: Kimberly Pokstis, Hunt Seat
Zone 3: Shaw Castleman, Hunt Seat
Zone 4: Jessica Sherman, Hunt Seat & Western
Zone 5: Caroline Gute, Western
Zone 7: Alexandra Prymek, Hunt Seat
Zone 8: Elle Haugland, Hunt Seat
Zone 10: Corine Astroth, Hunt Seat
Alumni Rep: Hannah Bentz, Hunt Seat
Alumni Rep: Aubrey Braham, Western
Adult Advisor:
Adult Advisor:

The IEA Education Committee is pleased to announce the creation of an IEA Youth Board to convene for the 2015-2016 competition year. See below for information on the Youth Board and how to nominate student members.

IEA Youth Board Statement of Purpose

The IEA Youth Board has been created to give adult IEA members and leadership an avenue to hear the youth voice and to offer an opportunity for leadership to IEA youth members.


IEA Youth Board Structure

The Youth Board will be structured as follows:

  • Two Youth Board Advisors
  • Two Alumni Members
  • One Student Representative from each of the eight zones

The eight student members will elect from among themselves four officers: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The president and vice president positions will be filled by upper school students.

The IEA Education Committee (EdC) has appointed Sue Wentzel and Sharalyn Lima as IEA Youth Board Advisors for the 2015-2016 competition year.

The EdC will appoint the two alumni members for the 2015-2016 competition year.

The eight student representatives will be elected within their zone as described below and serve a one year term.

IEA Youth Board Declaration of Candidacy

IEA riders who wish to sit on the Youth Board must:

  • Have two years of IEA experience as an active member
  • Submit the official IEA Youth Board application along with a resume and two letters of recommendation

IEA Youth Board Application

Download Application (PDF)

The resume must include:

  • Community service
  • Other officer/leadership experience
  • A statement of no more than 500 words describing why you think that you should be elected including three traits/habits/skills that you possess that would enhance the Youth Board.

The two letters of recommendation must come from the following:

  • One letter from your IEA coach
  • One letter from another source (youth leader, teacher, scout leader, etc.) (parents are excluded from being the other source)

IEA Youth Board Application/Election Process

  • Applicants will submit their youth board application along with a resume and two letters of recommendation to youthboard@rideiea.org by September 1, 2015. All materials must be sent at the same time in one email.
  • The EdC will review all applicants and confirm they meet the criteria listed above to hold a Youth Board position.
  • All active IEA riders will receive a list of all eligible candidates along with a summary of their application documents via email from IEA and will elect their representative from the pool of eligible applicants within their zone.
  • The results of the election will be announced in early fall 2015.

IEA Youth Board Duties

The IEA Youth Board members will:

  • Act as a voice of the IEA membership population
  • Meet quarterly via conference call/skype 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.)
  • Maintain an online blog, Twitter account, Instagram, and/or Facebook page
  • Promote the #rideiea hashtag on social media through official youth board postings
  • Write a quarterly column for Take The Reins
  • Represent the IEA as youth ambassadors at various outreach and marketing programs throughout the year
  • Research 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

Alumni Representative Hannah Bentz

The EdC would also like to recognize and thank recent IEA alumni Hannah Bentz of the Wall Street Farm IEA team in Wellington, Florida for submitting a well thought out proposal for the creation of a youth board back in spring 2014. While the finished product differs in some ways, the EdC leaned heavily on Ms. Bentz's original proposal when designing the youth board. To show our appreciation and thanks (and take advantage of her intelligence and strong work ethic) the EdC has asked Hannah Bentz to serve as one of the two IEA Youth Board Alumni Representatives for the 2015-2016 season, and she has graciously accepted.

The EdC is looking forward to seeing this new Youth Board in action. If you have any questions about the Youth Board or the application process, please feel free to contact the Youth Board Advisors Sue Wentzel and Sharalyn Lima at youthboard@rideiea.org.

IEA Education Committee

Amanda Garner, Chair
Roxane Lawrence
Nancy Arledge
Jane DaCosta
Lynlee Foster
Sharalyn Lima
James Morris
Alicia Story
Simon Towns