Coach: Kate Hermance
The Foxcroft Farm Team is a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association and is open to riders in grades 6th through 12th, from any public or private school or home schooled riders. The Middle School Team is made up of riders in grades 6-8 and the Upper School Team is made up of riders in grades 9-12. At the beginning of the school year, each team starts with a goal of accumulating enough team points to make their regional playoff. Winning teams at Regions then move on to the Zone Finals. Teams take turns hosting horse shows throughout the season. The show season starts September 1 and ends in April at the National Finals.
IEA was formed and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. The mission of IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports, to provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian programs, to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized student competitions, to provide students with organized competitive events and to provide additional equine educational opportunities.
IEA provides an opportunity for riders who do not own their own horses to horse show economically. IEA also provides a team component to riding in an otherwise individualized sport. IEA also “levels the playing field” to some extent because the horses the riders horse show are randomly chosen for them. All members must be in weekly training or lessons at Foxcroft. Riders must be capable of walking, trotting and cantering in a group of other riders on unfamiliar horses to be eligible for membership.
All team members are expected to be familiar with the IEA rules which are available on the IEA website at www.rideiea.org. The rules will be reviewed and taught during practices as well.