Interscholastic Equestrian Team Saddles Up

Members of the 2017 team gear up for their first show at Buffalo Equestrian Center
Pictures (L to R) top row: Breanna Nelson, Lydia Renninger, Kassidy Turner, Hunter Peterson, Brielle Whitney, Karli Gifford, Alley Miller
Bottom row: Erica Jewell, Tatum Erickson, Delaney Erickson, Michelle Miele, Abigale Little

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Interscholastic Equestrian Association

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is a non-profit that was formed in 2002 to introduce students in private and public middle and high schools to equestrian sports. The unique aspect of IEA is that student riders do not have to own their own horses or tack, making riding accessible to all of our youth. Students ride a variety of horses, leveling the playing field in competitions and focusing on developing diverse equestrian skills. Students also have the chance to earn scholarships towards college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.

In 2016, the need for an IEA Team in our area was recognized by Tracy Erikson, owner of Sky Walker Stables, and Jill Gazdak, Head Coach. “As head coach, I feel incredibly lucky to work with an organization that offers young equestrians so many opportunities,” said Gazdak, “Our riders have developed such a strong sense of sportsmanship and compassion for horses because of the ideologies and practices of IEA.” The team has weekly horse riding practices under the guidance of experienced trainers; Jill Gazdak, Kelly Sult-Ransom, Claire Coffin, and Lauren Jewell.

Our non-profit IEA team is holding a Fall Festival fundraiser to assist with travel and team practice expenses on October 14, 10am-6pm, located at Sky Walker Stables; 315 South Main Street Ext. Jamestown, NY 14701 with a $2 door admission. The festival will host riding demonstrations performed by the IEA Team, pony rides, food, vendors, hay rides, live local music, activities for kids, basket raffle, and a live chainsaw carving demonstration by Vince the Tree Guy! For more information about joining the 2017 IEA Team or the Fall Festival, please contact Tracy Erikson at (716) 397-2554.