The SpringTide Farm IEA team is a high school and middle school competitive riding team coached by Kathy Borylo. IEA is for grades 6-12 from beginner to advanced riders. SpringTide both hosts IEA horse shows and travels to others thoughout Zone 1. Each rider is allotted a total of 5 horse shows to try to qualify for regional finals. If they make it through regionals, they proceed to Zone finals and then ultimately try to make it to National finals. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive team and parents who work well together in helping each team member excel.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining our team or have questions about it. Below is the IEA information. You may also research the IEA website at

IEA Competition Format

The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders supply their own horse or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced.

The IEA has set guidelines for the placement of new riders entering the IEA to allow for the unique program format of riding an unfamiliar horse. The IEA is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

IEA Goals

  • To encourage recognition for middle and secondary school equestrians and to promote the equestrian as an athlete.
  • To provide riders with organized competitive opportunities.
  • To introduce new riders to equine sports.
  • To promote the IEA among its constituencies.
  • To provide riders with opportunities to further their education in equine sports and equine-related matters.
  • To encourage liaison with other equestrian associations for the betterment of equestrian sports.
  • To encourage a higher standard of coaching and instruction.
  • To provide information concerning the creation and development of mounted and non-mounted equestrian programs.
  • To establish and enforce IEA rules, standards and policies.
  • To keep pace with the continuing progress of equestrian sports and to encourage good horsemanship.
  • To generally promote the common interests of riding instruction and competition, and education on matters related to all segments of the horse industry.
  • To develop team and individual sportsmanship. To establish a foundation to support the continuing mission of the IEA.