Echo Farm hosts an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team. This team allows students to compete both locally and possibly nationally. IEA teams are open to riders in middle school (grades 6 – 8) and high school (grades 9 – 12), in both public and private schools. It offers classes from walk trot all the way to Varsity jumping, 2’.6. Its purpose is to develop students understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized student competitions.
Each member of the team can compete in up to 5 shows per season (approx. September – April). Team members do not need to own a horse to participate. Like intercollegiate riding, we go to participating barns and compete on their horses. The horses, saddle and other tack are provided to the riders at horse shows. Though the horse is new to the rider, scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse. Competitions are open to a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced.
We hold one to two schooling shows per year and attend other local shows for those who are interested in participating.