Western competitions for grades 4–12.

Western Zone 1 Administrator

Tammy Braham(724) 967-5501
14900 Painesville-Warren Road
Thompson, OH 44086

Western Committee Chair

Katie Morehead(419) 306-8797
1700 Cherry Lane
Findlay, OH 45840

IEA Western Youth Board Representatives:

Flamekissed Equestrian Team (GA)

Marciak/Caustelot Equestrian Team (PA)

Nashoba Valley Sliders (MA)

Hold Your Horses (OH)


About the IEA Western Program:

  • Open to riders in grades 4-12.
  • Horse and tack assembled for all competitions by Host Team(s).
  • 3 Western Classes Offered – Horsemanship, Reining and Ranch Riding
  • 4 Ability Levels for Horsemanship in Middle and Upper School: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Open.
  • Horsemanship classes are primarily rail classes with possible patterns for upper levels.
  • 2 Ability Levels for Reining: Intermediate and Open.
  • Reining classes use standard NRHA or modified reining patterns for lower levels.
  • RANCH RIDING classes have now been added for the JV Novice and Future Novice levels.
  • 4th or 5th grade riders can now be POINT RIDERS on middle school (Futures) teams and compete in any eligible division level.
  • ASTM/SEI helmets are mandatory for all 4th and 5th grade riders as well as any rider competing in a beginner division.
  • Zone and National Scholarship Awards available.
  • Western competition season 2022-2023:  August 1 – Late June 2023.
  • The 2023 IEA Western National Finals will be held on June 23-25, 2023  at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, TX in conjunction with the APHA World Show.

Region 1

Suzanne Ferris
(978) 835-0465
153 Hollis Street
Pepperell, MA 01463

Region 5(1)N

Katie Morehead
(419) 306-8797
1700 Cherry Lane
Findlay, OH 45840

Region 7

Shannon Templin
(325) 234-3040
3002 Lakota Lane
San Angelo, TX 76901

Region 2

Amanda Vance
(518) 441-5959
438 Clark Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831

Region 5(2)S

Arianna Mathias
(740) 974-0759
14560 Walnut Creek Pike
Ashville, OH 43103

Region 8

Jessica Bein
(480) 220-6710
6807 E Peak View Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Region 4

Amanda Pope
(912) 687-3988
2120 Aaron Station Rd
Portal, GA 30450

Region 6

Janelle Shaefer
(515) 306-0287
7580 G76 Highway
New Virginia, IA 50210

Region 11

Ashley Wolf
(610) 764-0249
4870 Skippack Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473


Western Regions Map

United States Western Regions Map Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 Region 9 Region 10 Region 9 Alaska Region 10 Hawaii Region 11

The above Zoom webinar was produced by IEA on October 19, 2020 and features Western Judges STEPHANIE LYNN, CARLA WENNBERG, and TAMMY BRAHAM. 

This webinar may be viewed by the public but may not be reproduced or shared outside of the IEA without prior written consent.  All photos, videos, and content are the property of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). Copyright 2020.