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Interscholastic riding team takes root at Evermore Farm

New Hunt Seat and Western Riders Welcome

Hunt seat and western riders interested in joining an interscholastic riding team need look no further than Brooklet. Starting this fall,  Eleanor Ellis, trainer and owner of Evermore Farm, will lead a newly formed interscholastic riding team in connection with the Interscholastic Riding Association (IEA).
    Ellis and the Evermore Farm IEA team are currently recruiting new hunt seat and western seat riders. Try outs for the team will be held Saturday, Oct. 6  at 9  a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7  at 3  p.m.
    Candidates will need to arrive dressed in appropriate riding attire. Riding times can be arranged by calling 912 823-9062.
    The IEA is a national equestrian organization whose mission is to introduce students enrolled in both public and private school to equestrian sports. Students 11 through 19 years of age are eligible to ride and show horses at both the local and national level.
    “We are very excited about the potential an IEA team will have in this area,” Ellis said. “Students will gain valuable equestrian skills and knowledge through participating in the IEA events and competitions. Years of riding experience is not a prerequisite; but we are looking for students who have a desire to work hard and improve their equestrian skills.”
    The IEA was created to improve the quality of equestrian competition and training offered to middle and high school students. The unique feature of the IEA competitions is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are all provided to the students at the show.
     The IEA also prides itself on introducing students to the equestrian industry and therefore provides levels of competition for the novice to the advanced ride, Ellis said. "Through the IEA, students can also have the opportunity to earn scholarships towards their college education."
    Another goal of the IEA competitions is to prepare middle and high school students for an opportunity to show at the collegiate level in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)  sponsored competitions.  The IEA show concept was drawn from the hugely successful IHSA model.
    Evermore Farm is home to the Georgia Southern University IHSA equestrian team. The team has had many successes with university riders qualifying for regional and national finals.
    For more information on the IEA, visit Internet web site www.rideiea.com.
     For more information on Evermore Farm please visit Internet web site www.evermorefarm.net

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