2019 Arnold Equestrian will feature competitions for riders grades 6-12 on Saturday, March 2 and for college-aged riders on Sunday, March 3.

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) invites you to join as a spectator for our Hunt Seat (English) Zone 5 Region 3 Finals competition.  Riders in grades 6 – 12 from teams across Central Ohio will compete in Hunt Seat over Fences and Hunt Seat Equitation classes to determine which riders and teams will progress to Zone Finals held two weeks later in Marion, IN and then to National Finals held in April in Syracuse, NY.  Riders in this competition during the Arnold Sportsfest have earned a minimum number of points during the regular competition season in order to participate in this show.

The unique aspect of IEA competition, both at the local and national level, is that horse ownership is not required.  Horses and equipment are provided to each rider at every event (including this one) by the host team.  Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation.  This kind of format levels the playing field while maintaining affordability for participants.  Riders not only compete for individual points, but also team points, adding team camaraderie to a normally individual sport.  Competing this way allows for serious athletes to not only prepare for a collegiate future in equestrian sports, but also the opportunity for scholarships.

Now entering its 16th year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States riding Hunt Seat and Western. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available and is open to public and private schools and barn teams.  Membership for the 2018-19 IEA season will be open July 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.rideiea.org.

On Sunday, the event will feature a competition under the direction of the Interscholastic Horse Show Association (IHSA), which promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels.

The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun. Competition plays a role but the students' enthusiasm and team spirit are the major factors. The objective of IHSA competition is to offer the opportunity to riders in their first years of riding as well as to students with show experience. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts IHSA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience. For more information, visit www.ihsainc.com

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