SHS Show Team & SHS-IEA Team

Interested in Showing? We have the team!

Meet Coach Edie Postel

Edie has had a love and passion for horses from her first pony ride at age 4. Riding at a neighborhood farm triggered her life-long interest and pursuit of education and partnership with the horse. Her background includes attending Cook College Rutgers University for Advanced Equine Health Care, along with continuing education workshops and seminars to remain consistent with the most recent equine advances. Edie’s equestrian experience includes horse Ownership and competition which developed into working with and instructing junior and adult riders. with a love for teaching, she worked for many years at a Hunter/Jumper equestrian facility developing riders from the Beginner to the Intermediate and Advanced levels.

This was the touchstone for owning and managing her own Full-Service Boarding facility for nearly ten years. An accomplished competitor both in Equitation and Hunters, she has successfully shown to the “A” Level for Zone 2. Her broad embrace of “everything equine” includes Cross Country, Hunter Pacing, Capping, Lower Level Dressage Movements and trail pleasure rides. Having recently accepted the position as IEA Coach with Seaton Hackney Stables, she is looking forward to working with the Middle and High School riders to formulate a successful group developing their team environment riding and horsemanship skills for show competition and equine education.


We’ve got the program!

Not everyone is interested in horse show, competition and we understand that; but for those who are, Seaton Hackney has a dedicated IEA Team. This program provides opportunities to travel to Shows, make new, friends, improve your riding skills and gauge your horsemanship progress. Ask us how you can  become a member of a Team that holds team spirit, dedication, support for one another and a passion for everything equine as their core value system.


What is the IEA?

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association provides opportunities for Middle School, High School and – due to the high success of this program – Elementary school (just recently added) to participate in a team-oriented environment in local shows. This well-organized program does not require horse ownership as show competition horses are provided by the hosting venues. Due to their similarity, this program offers an ideal preparation for the College level IHSA.

How do I join?


First, ask your Instructor if you are a good candidate for this year’s team. You need not be an advanced rider as classes are offered at different levels. Riders from 4th grade and up are eligible, but space is limited.


Once accepted, you will ride three times week at Seaton Hackney Stables with SHS Instructors and assigned different horses under the close tutelage of Coach Edie. You will participate in at least 5 Shows throughout the !EA season that runs from September through March. The season extends if you qualify for further competition at the Zone and National levels. All this at a very reasonable monthly rate.


Then, talk to Coach Edie and hear ,vhat’s involved. Of course, we ,vant our SHS-IEA Team to shine, so there are some rigorous requirements to join and maintain membership in the Team. Make sure you understand these and only commit if you can fulfill them.


Team events and activities are all part of the deal, including participation with Team fundraisers for an all-inclusive program.


Two friends and I decided to go horseback riding and we were looking for a stable in Northern NJ. While there were a few in the area, we chose Seaton Hackney and had a great time. When you call to set up your ride in advance, they prep you extremely well and set great expectations. It didn't feel commercial what so ever, and we always felt we were in great hands. Our instructor Jen was AWESOME, always making sure we were good but also empowering us to ride. Price was pretty decent for a group, less expensive than other stables in the area. The trail was pretty and actually public, so a bunch of people were so happy to see us. Every point of contact was very welcoming, and I will definitely be coming back here.

I would like to thank you and your staff for the time you dedicated to our kids. It was such an incredible day all around and you just topped it off for them. They loved the horses. Your staff and your kindness is so greatly appreciated. We will be sending an email to all the parents of the students that participated to give them your name and phone number of your stable. Thanks again and if there is ever anything we can do to help you as a organization please ask. The Lions club and Leos club would gladly help.
Barbara G.

Looking forward to it! Jillian is proudly riding in your groups for children with special needs and we continue to be very grateful of your support and for giving our daughter a place where she feels like she belongs!

Jodi G.

My son Anthony “AJ” Laska attended pony share camp at Alverthorpe Park in Abington, Pennsylvania from July 7-10, 2014. I have to tell you how impressed I was with the program and the staff. Fernando was very organized and kept the program moving at a good pace. I loved how he taught them the basic safety rules, which is not easy with younger children. Emily, Luisa, and Hector were FANTASTIC too. They really made the activities enjoyable and fun. My son was one of the youngest children there, and they were so kind and patient with him. The staff demonstrated their knowledge of the horses and took good care of them. They also made sure that each child had time to ride. As a mother, I was just so delighted and thrilled with the program that I can’t wait to enroll him again next year! So a big “thank you” again to Fernando, Emily, Luisa, and Hector for a wonderful week.

 Mary L.

I was one of your first Equishare riders back in the mid ’80s. My horse was DJ. I am still thankful for the training you gave me. I still ride for pleasure and enjoy watching my daughter ride who is starting to show and is part of the USEF High School Equistrian Athlete Program. Looks like you are doing amazing work with children in NJ. Wish you all the best for a great 2015.

Trish M.

My daughter has always had a wonderful experience at Seaton Hackney, the staff have never been anything but welcoming, the horses are wonderful and Kaylea loves them all. We have tried other barns, but as a beginning family we were not welcomed at other barns as much as we have been at SHS. Thank you for all you do for your riders and horses!

Erin M.

Seaton Hackney has helped me become the rider that I am today, especially Michele Grimm. Michele is fun but focused on my safety. I have ridden with her since I was 4 years old.I like to go to horse shows and enjoy the Barn shows in the fall and spring. I also had fun at Seaton Hackney at camp this past summer.

I have learned responsibility of taking care of the horse and the tack. Riding has helped me learn about competition and both winning and losing.

Kathyrn D. 

I love the stables because I get to ride my horses and it’s fun. I also like grooming the ponies. Elvis always remembers who I am and licks my hand. He’s fuzzy and cute.

Cat Z.

As the dad of a young lady that rides at Seaton Hackney, I could not agree more about the quality of the facility and of the instruction they provide.


Seaton Hackney Stables has changed my life. I can honestly say that without the joy of horses, I would have gone through life with an emptiness that I didn’t even know existed. The horses and the staff are part of my family. It’s an amazing facility with quality instructors and horses.

Stacey G.