Voting for the 2021-2022 Youth Board Nominees will open July 19-July 23, 2021.

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2020-2021 Youth Board Members

Hunt SeatZone 1Paige Dempsey-WeineWest Hartford, CTFolly Farm
Hunt SeatZone 2Willow VinceNew York City, NYEmpire State Equestrian Team
Hunt SeatZone 3Alexis KinneyHollywood, MDA Moment in Time
Hunt SeatZone 4Bailey WheelerPalm Harbor, FLRavenwood Farm
Hunt SeatZone 5Emerson RickettsChicago, ILTeam Somerset
Hunt SeatZone 6Clara LemarrSleepy Eye, MNSapphire Equestrian Team
Hunt SeatZone 7Grace ForsytheLeague City, TXBayview Equestrian
Hunt SeatZone 8Cayton HaleChandler, AZRCR Farms
Hunt SeatZone 9Alexis NovakWoodinville, WASharkey Farm
Hunt SeatZone 10Alana SegarLos Altos, CAWoodside Team
Hunt SeatZone 11Angeline ChalifouxSewickley, PACandy Lane Acres
WesternRegion 4McKinney AtkinsonChapin, SCFlamekissed Equestrian Team
WesternRegion 5(2)Olivia BadgleyHilliard, OHDare Equestrian Team
WesternRegion 6Natalie DresdowOverland Park, KSIowa Equestrian Team
WesternRegion 4Jenna WoodyColumbia, SCFlamekissed Equestrian Team
DressageRegion 3 & 4(N)Abigail GroveCumberland, MDMystic Meadows Farm
DressageRegion 5(S)Ashley HaselbyRoyal Center, INKokomo Equestrian

Alumni Advisors

  • Hannah Bentz
  • Aubrey Braham

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:

  • Youth Board Advisors
  • 2 Alumni Members
  • 11 Hunt Seat representatives
  • 4 Western representatives
  • 2 Dressage representatives

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 Sharalyn Prieskorn, Simon Towns, Susan Wentzel and Montana McKnight as IEA Youth Board Advisors for the 2021-2022 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.

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
  • Submit the official IEA Youth Board application along with one letter of recommendation
  • Applicants must choose to run for either Hunt Seat, Western, or Dressage. Cross over riders must declare a discipline for which to run.
  • Submit one photo which will be posted with your application.

IEA Youth Board Application Requirements

  • Applicants will submit their Youth Board application along with one letter of recommendation and one photo of yourself to by June 30, 2021.  All materials must be sent at the same time in one email. Please do not include additional materials. Your application and photo will be shared with rider members during voting.
  • The IEA will review all applicants and confirm they meet the criteria listed above to hold a Youth Board position.
  • All active rider members will receive a list of eligible candidates along with their photo and application via e-mail from IEA and will elect representatives within their area.
  • The results of the election will be announced August 2021.

IEA Youth Board Duties

The IEA Youth Board members will:

  • Act as a voice for 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
  • 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

IEA Youth Board Application

  • Completed application form (link to application form is below)
  • Download the application and save it to your computer before sending
  • One letter of reference from your IEA coach
  • One photo of yourself
Youth Board Applications for the 2021-2022 Season are due JUNE 30, 2021.

If you have any questions about the Youth Board or the application process, please feel free to contact the Youth Board Advisor, Sharalyn Prieskorn at