Coach : Jessica Tedford
Venmo : @JessicaTedford
Full Circle Farm
719 Birch Mountain Rd
Manchester, CT 06040
Region 8 , Zone 1
What is IEA?
The name of the organization is the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. IEA is a program that allows kids in grades 4-8 (Futures) and grades 9-12 (Upper School) to compete in horse shows where the horse is provided (drawn on a random basis) and the rider is only judged on their position and capability to handle the horse they have drawn. Because the riders get little to no time to ride the horse ahead of time of showing it is a real challenge for these riders to compete mentally and physically.
How long is an IEA season?
The IEA season is from typically from August through April, but the bulk of our showing will be September – February. Show days start from 7-9am and can go until dark sometimes. Please be prepared for long days.
How much does IEA Cost?
$60 – paid directly to IEA – IEA membership can be completed at RideIEA.org
$150 – Start up fee paid to Coach – Goes into our IEA account to pay for the team memberships, team apparel, and some required fundraising due to our Region later in the season.
$55 – Team practices – paid to Coach day of practice
$45 – Cost per class – riders will compete in 1 or 2 classes per show depending on the riders level
$55 – Coaching fee per show – Class fees and coaching fee can come in one payment day of show
$? - Cost of show clothes
Where can I find info on the IEA sanctioned rules?
I encourage all parents and riders to go to Rideiea.org > Library > Rules & Policies
Almost everything you need to know can be found in the rule book
· Some important sections of the rule book are as follows;
· 2304 : Rider Membership
· 3200 : Rider Classification and Class Eligibility
· 3301 : Hunt Seat Upper school classes
· 3302 : Hunt Seat Future classes
· 4507 : Use of whips and spurs
· 7200 : Hunt Seat Equitation Hands & Seat
· 8206 : Points to Qualify Hunt Seat
· Show quality helmet
· Show shirt (white undershirt)
· Show coat (black or navy in color)
· Show pants (no full seat or silicone on the pants)
· Show quality boots (tall or paddock depending on age/class)
· Bows for riders in paddock boots
· Garters for riders in paddock boots
· A crop (I find the short – medium length ones work best)
· Black gloves
· Leather cleaner / boot polish – Do Not walk into the show ring with dirty boots.
· Hairnets, extra hair ties, hairbrush for day of show
· Chairs, blankets, extra warm clothes to wear while not showing
I will get a list going in the beginning of the season for other riders and parents to chime in!
I try to have a very fluid policy for communication. You can usually find out what’s going on with the team on the app called “Stack Team App” > search for Full Circle Farm
Or on Facebook – We have a public page – “Full Circle Farm IEA”
And a private page only visible to team members, parents, and friends of the team – ”FCF IEA Team – Members Page”
Please reach out to me directly only during business hours of 8am & 8pm unless its an emergency, thank you!
· Good sportsmanship is essential! You are a representative of the Full Circle
Farm IEA team wherever you go. Treat all properties, horses, teams and
adults with respect and kindness. Remember that anything negative that
you say may be overheard by someone who will be hurt by it.
· Maintain and upbeat and positive attitude. This is a great learning
opportunity! Sometimes things won’t go your way and sometimes they will.
It’s all part of the experience!
· Your coach will place you in a level that is appropriate for your ability.
Because you will be showing horses that you have never ridden before,
with very little (if any) warmup, you will be placed in a level that is lower
than the level that which is you currently show your own horse.
· Follow all IEA rules and regulations.
· RSVP promptly please – it really helps me with scheduling!
· Be at practices and shows on time.
· Be supportive of all team members. This is a team sport and every member
· of the team deserves to feel included and valued.
· Participate in fundraising activities.
· BULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
Anyone caught bullying is subject to immediate dismissal from the team.
· Please do not wear any crazy colors, or graphics to horse shows. Solid colors are best. Our barn colors are green/gold but we also have lots of apparel in black/silver.
· Please respond promptly to all communications. If an RSVP is requested, it
is essential that you provide one, even if your child cannot attend an
activity. This helps me to plan ahead!
· Because this is a team sport, all riders are required to be at each show they are competing in for the duration of the show. I will always let you know what time you should be there, but cannot know when the show will be over ahead of time.
· Please make sure to pay for all shows and practices in a timely manner.
· Be aware that the coach makes the final decision regarding rider placements.
· Remember that riders are placed in a level below the one at which they
currently show their own horse. This is because they will be showing
unfamiliar horses and will be provided with very little, if any, warmup.
· Coaches also consider the needs of the team in placing riders.
· Provide your child with appropriate show attire. I am more than
happy to answer any questions regarding show clothing.
· Occasionally, I will ask for fundraising help. Sometimes I will ask you to
provide baked goods for a bake sale or items for a raffle basket. We will
also need adults who are willing to supervise and organize these events. It’s
important that all parents help out as they can so that no one parent is
· Parents are expected to help out in some capacity when we host our show.
If you are not comfortable handling horses, there are still plenty of other
jobs to do!
· Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather during shows
IEA SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY has been copied & pasted below from the IEA Site :
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) recognizes the importance of the Internet in shaping public thinking about our organization and our current and future events and potential services. We also recognize the importance of our members, families, coaches, trainers, sponsors, volunteers, employees, vendors, contributors and friends joining together to have communication about the IEA, its events, activities and subjects related to equestrian sport. The IEA is committed to supporting honest, transparent and knowledgeable dialogue on the Internet through social media in a manner that is befitting the organization and promotes good sportsmanship. The official IEA presence on Social Media For the purposes of this Policy, social media means any tool for online publication and commentary, including, but not limited to notices, results, blogs, wikis and other informational postings, The IEA, and members, communicate from multiple Social Media sites. Included among these sites are: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr, in addition to others. The IEA encourages members, families, coaches, trainers, sponsors, volunteers, employees, vendors, contributors and friends to create communication among all groups through social media. However, neither grievances nor non-approved advertisements are permitted to be posted on any IEA site. It is important to note: All IEA social media sites are monitored multiple times each day during the calendar year. Any information found on an IEA managed site that is found to be inappropriate will be deleted. This includes, but is not limited to, information discovered through posting, commenting, sharing, tagging, @reply or the use of any IEA-specific hash-tag (#rideIEA, #IEADressage, #RideIEAWestern, #IEA, #InterscholasticEquestrianAssociation, #IEAFinals, etc.) The person who originates cyber bullying and/or an improper post will be subject to any of the penalties listed in Rule 9502 and may be blocked from all IEA social media sites. Offenses may also result in cancelation of the person’s membership and participation in the IEA. Additionally, as a reminder, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association AND IEA are registered trademarks and, as such, are protected from what could be libelous comments on any or all non-IEA social media sites. Simple Guide to Postings: Think of newscast, your mother and your boss Don't post anything online-including demonstrative and colloquial language- that you wouldn't be comfortable seeing quoted on a newscast, being asked about by your mother or having to justify to your boss. Be certain photos are appropriate and of good quality resolution. Be safe. There are predators online just like in the real world. Don’t publicly post anything you wouldn’t tell a stranger on the street. Opinions Compliments and ideas belong in a public forum; your name, passwords, or contact and personal information do not.