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The Buffalo Equestrian Center is pleased to have an IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team. This opportunity is available for riders in grades 6-12 and is a great introduction to the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) which is available at many colleges. The program is run as a team club with the show season starting in October and runs through May.

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 (primarily ages 11 through 18) 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, and to provide students with organized competitive events and to provide additional equine educational opportunities. Also,through the IEA, students may have the opportunity to earn scholarships towards their college education.

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 USA Equestrian, Inc, IHSA and other interested bodies
  • 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.

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 all provided to the students at the show. The host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Some of the equipment may be borrowed from various training barns and facilities. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the over fences classes, essentially, the horses is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship, not the horse. The competitions involve six classes jumping over fences no greater than three feet and numerous flat equitation classes. We are very excited about offering this new program. More Information about IEA can be found on their website at

2017-2018 Officers

President- Emma Walters

Vice President- Linnea Garrison

Secretary- Maddie Beecher

Treasurer- Emma Najdzionek

For specific questions regarding the BEC team and membership, please contact us at (716) 877-9295 or

2018 IEA Horse Show Dates

October 6th and 7th

We are so proud of the whole team and all they have accomplished this year but wish to give a special shout out to one of our riders.  We would like to say a HUGE congratulations to Emma Najdzionek.  Emma made it to IEA Nationals 2018 after coming in second at IEA Zones.  Emma is a Freshman at Nichols High School and did an incredible job making it to this level while starting her first high school year!"