The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is a national program formed with the purpose "to set minimum standards for competition, povides information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interest of safe riding instructions and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels." The unique aspect of these competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are provided to the students at the show. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the flat and over fences classes, essentially, the horse is new to the rider and the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse.
IEA Provides the opportunity for riders to horse show economically. IEA also promotes the team constituent to riding for an otherwise individual sport. Over the Oxer Equestrian Team (at Ridgeway Stables) members must in a weekly training program with Deanna Kravetz or another facility/trainer. Riders must be comfortable walking, trotting and cantering in a group of other riders on unfamiliar horses.