Join the Bloomington Equestrian Team!
An interscholastic equestrian association team for riders grades 4-12
The Bloomington Equestrian Team was founded in 2018, and is recruiting riders for our 2020-2021 season! We are so excited for our upcoming season - we've got so many additions and expansions to the team! This year, 4th and 5th grade riders will be eligible to earn individual points in addition to being allowed to show up to the Future Novice division! We are also proud to welcome back the Bloomington Equestrian WESTERN team!
how Does the Team Work?
The BET is a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), an organization founded in 2002 that is dedicated to giving show opportunities to riders who do not own their own horse. That's one of the best parts about being on an IEA team - NO horse ownership is required! At different shows around the region, riders compete on horses provided by the show facility, selecting a horse for their class through a draw-based format. There are divisions for riders from the walk-trot level through 2'6 jumping (2' jumping for middle school riders).
Riders compete as Individuals and as part of the Team to earn enough points throughout the season, with the opportunity to advance to end of season shows like Regionals, Zones, or Finals!
New this season, the Bloomington Equestrian team is a Zone 5, Region 11 team! (This is a change from our previous placement in Zone 5, Region 7).
Shows are hosted throughout our Region and Zone. We try to keep the distance we travel to shows no longer than 2 hours, but it is not uncommon for a show to be at a location where it is necessary to stay overnight.
Riders are eligible to compete in no more than 5 (five) shows throughout the season, with the competition season usually beginning in September or October, and finishing by February. Regional, Zones, and Finals are held throughout the months of March and April.
An individual rider is able to earn points for themselves and their team by their placing in a class. The higher the rider places, the more points they accumulate. For riders who are competing in a jumping class and a flat class, points are accumulated separately for each class in the division. The breakdown of placings to points is as follows:
FIRST PLACE = 7 POINTS
SECOND PLACE = 5 POINTS
THIRD PLACE = 4 POINTS
FOURTH PLACE = 3 POINTS
FIFTH PLACE = 2 POINTS
SIXTH PLACE = 1 POINT
If a rider is in a class with more than six riders, riders who do not place "in the ribbons" (in one of the top six placings) will not earn any points.
For more information about shows, or the IEA in general, visit their website at https://www.rideiea.org/
What costs are involved?
Fees for membership to the Bloomington Equestrian Team include a $100 initial sign up fee, in addition to a $25 monthly fee. Members are also expected to ride in a minimum of at least 2 (two) group team lessons a month. Lesson fees are $45/lesson.
There is also a yearly membership fee and application that is submitted by each rider separately to the IEA. The membership fee for riders to the organization is $60 per member ($55 if signed up before July 1st) and is due at the time of submitting your IEA application forms.
Show fees are $40 a class, with some riders participating in 1 class per day and some participating in 2, depending on the riders skill level. Other costs to keep in mind for a typical "show weekend" might include hotel fees, gas for traveling to and from the host location, concessions at the show, or other food arrangements.
Additionally, in order to compete: riders must have access to show attire, including field boots, tan hunter type breeches, a hunter type show shirt, a hunter type show coat, and an approved USHJA helmet. Prices range and vary for these items depending on brand.
We're more than just a competition team! One of the greatest parts of joining and IEA team is that it puts riders in the company of other horse crazy kids just like them! We have multiple socials throughout the season, both at and away from Crimson Stables.
Through the IEA, students have the opportunity to earn scholarships towards their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities. Participation on an IEA team provides riders interested in riding for their college team the chance to become familiar and proficient with the format. Team participation provides riders at all levels with an inexpensive showing opportunity, accessible national level goals and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, riders are afforded the opportunity to develop leadership skills and expand horsemanship skills through active hands-on participation in all aspects of horse show management, fundraising and more. They also enjoy the rather unique additional accolade for those important college applications!
Members can also grow and expand their knowledge or horses and riding through the IEA Horsemanship Program. The IEA Horsemanship Program (IEAHP) is open to any youth in Grades 4 - 12 who is either a Junior Contributing Member, or a Rider Member. (Junior Contributing Membership is free and Rider Member is $15. Rider Members are those that have already paid their $60 annual membership to participate in the IEA.)
Members who participate in the program will complete nine quizzes on a variety of topics. Each quiz will be available the first of each month, September through May. When a participant signs up through the IEA Horsemanship Page they will receive an email with all quizzes for months that they may have missed.
Participants who complete all nine quizzes and receive 75% or better on the Final Quiz will receive commemorative shirt, as well as a certificate of completion.
WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE IEA HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM?
IEAHP gives young horse enthusiasts the opportunity to gain greater knowledge on equestrian topics, helps IEA riders to prepare for Horsemanship quizzes at Zones and National Finals, and is just fun. Plus, you get a nice shirt, a charm, and a certificate of completion!
The IEA is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
The objectives of IEA are:
To promote the equestrian as an athlete
To provide students with organized competitive opportunities
To introduce new riders to equine sports
To promote the IEA among middle and secondary schools
To provide students with opportunities for further education equine sports and other equine-related matters
To encourage liaison with other equestrian groups
To provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated mounted and non-mounted equestrian programs
To establish and enforce IEA rules, standards and policies
To evolve with the continuing progress of equestrian sports
To generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to the horse industry and all segments thereof.