As your IEA President for the next two years, I welcome you to the new era of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). As we conclude IEA's 10th Anniversary celebration, we realize that the accomplishments over the past decade have been amazing! Recognizing horses from the first Nationals competing at our "anniversary" show was one of the many special moments we were so lucky to enjoy last year. Now the exciting part is for all of you to help us out. What's next and what's happening right now in the IEA is so exciting!
This year we will enjoy our second year of Western National Finals in Oklahoma City. With the NRHA as our hosts, I can only expect this year's Finals to be even better than last year's. The Hunt Seat teams enjoyed Nationals in Syracuse last April, and we are ready to out-do ourselves at the New York State Fairgrounds again in 2013! But, getting to Nationals isn't all the fun. I want all of the teams-new and old- to have a great time in the regular show season. The growth in our organization means many of you are in new regions, and this is a great chance to meet new teams, experience new shows, and enjoy new horses and facilities. And, with the addition of the IEA's financial aid program, even more riders in your zone get to be a part of it all.
Riders, coaches, and parents, your mission this year is to keep reading, talking, and typing. Read about what's going on all over the country in the IEA magazine. The NRHA, with the help of Oklahoma State University, is bringing us an updated magazine format to help us keep excited, informed and in touch. Keep talking about the IEA to horse people everywhere. We're pushing west, and we are ready to grow and include new teams all over the country. Lastly, keep those fingers typing. We are all connected by electronic and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr). IEA wants to know what's going on in your neck of the woods as you attend practices, events and competitions. Most importantly, keep riding, and good luck in 2012-2013!
Emily Zientek, National President
Interscholastic Equestrian Association