The SHS IEA Show Team
Interested in Showing?
Join the IEA Show Team
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is a national organization that works with riding stables throughout the country to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction to young equestrian riders.
This program provides opportunities for team-members to travel to off-site shows, make new, friends, improve their riding skills and gauge their horsemanship progress. It’s also a wonderful way to improve self-esteem and self-confidence for our young school-aged riders.
Benefit to Riders
As part of the IEA Team at Seaton Hackney Stables, riders will learn a set minimum standards for competition through safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 9 through 19).
Additionally, IEA Team members have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities. Riders will become part of a social and competitive team that works together toward a common goal, cheering each other on as they work toward individual achievements at each show through out the season.
IEA shows are held throughout the region. Show classes are offered in four ability levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, open. Riders in grades 4-8 are eligible for Middle School Teams while riders in grade 9-12 compete at the High School level. Points are tracked for individual rider accomplishments AND for overall, team accomplishments. Individuals and teams earn points to qualify for regional, zone and national finals.
Teams take turns hosting horse shows throughout the season. Students ride horses that are furnished by the host barn and chosen by random draw. The use of personal tack is not allowed and limited schooling is permitted. This equalizes competition variables and tests the horsemanship of the contestants.
The competition season starts August 1st and ends at the National Finals in late spring / early summer.
Ask your Instructor or the Office Administrators 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.
How do I join?
Interested riders should ask their Instructor if they are a good candidate for this year’s team. Riders from 4th grade and up are eligible, but space is limited so don’t delay in inquiring.
Accepted team members ride three times week at Seaton Hackney Stables with SHS Instructors under the guidance of Gillian Barta, our Head IEA Coach, and will be assigned different horses to ride.
Team members participate in at least five shows throughout the IEA season. The season extends for qualifying members for further competition at the Zone and National levels. All this at a very reasonable monthly IEA Team rate.
Team events and activities are all part of the deal, including participation with Team fundraisers for an all-inclusive program.
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Dear Marc and all the team,
Our daughter, Selda, loves her experiences at SHS. Riding first in PEP, then in troop sue has many encouraging, confidence-building instructors. In shows she feels proud and capable. As a volunteer, she enjoys the feeling that of responsibility and solving problems. Now as a CIT she loves the nice people, the responsibility and the appropriate level of challenge. She has become so independent, in part because of the trust and mentoring everyone their gives her: from the office, to the ring, to the stalls, and now at Lake Rickabear.
We applaud you all for the encouraging, safe, positive culture you have nurtured. We are also grateful for all the opportunities for self-development, learning and job skills you have offered Selda. I can imagine you might have some stress and hard days. Hold on to this screenshot and know that you are doing a great job! 7/2022
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Seaton Hackney has helped me become the rider that I am today, especially Gillian. Gillian is fun but focused on my safety. My daughter has ridden at Seaton Hackney Stables since she was four-years-old. She always enjoyed participating in the horse shows at the facility 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.
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.
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.
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.