Formally established in 2002, the IEA pursues a mission to introduce students in both private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports.
While IEA participation provides the opportunity for competition, it does not require horse ownership. IEA team members compete on a variety of horses and ponies that are appropriately and randomly assigned at each show and that are supplied by the hosting team. Each team member rides in a maximum of five regular IEA shows per season with the goal of qualifying for Regionals and further post-season shows. The IEA season is typically September through February with Zone and National Finals for qualified riders extending from March to late April.
The IEA offers multiple opportunities for riders to earn scholarships and monetary awards:
* IEA Founders College Scholarship Awards ( awarded at National Finals to the top placing and second highest placing seniors in individual classes )
* Zone specific scholarships ( Upper Creek IEA competes in Zone 1 )
* National Sportsmanship Award
The Upper Creek Equestrian team is coached and led by our team of trainers: Jen Phelan, Sarah DeLee, and Rachel Miller. Riders interested in joining the Upper Creek Equestrian IEA Team should contact any of our trainers so they may answer any questions and schedule an evaluation ride to determine an appropriate IEA level.
IEA Team Membership Requirements
Eligible team members are in the 4th through 12th grade.
Team members ride in a minimum of two lessons per week.
Team members are highly encouraged to show during the regular season as well.
IEA 2023/24 Show Schedule
10/7: Clover Hill, Berlin, MA
10/14: Century Mill, Bolton, MA
10/15: Upper Creek Equestrian, Concord, MA
10/28: Century Mill, Bolton, MA
11/5: Maplewood, Berlin, MA
12/2: Springtide, Boxford, MA
1/7/24: Region 3 Finals, Cavallo Farm ( snow date 2/12)
3/23-3/24/24: Zone Finals, Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, MA
4/25-4/28/24: National Finals, Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC