Interscholastic Equestrian Association and National Reining Horse Association form alliance |

Interscholastic Equestrian Association and National Reining Horse Association form alliance

OKLAHOMA CITY – Management of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced they have reached an alliance agreement.

With this alliance, NRHA will become the title sponsor for the IEA national western championship at the IEA National Finals for the three years beginning next year. In 2011, NRHA will create a competition that will provide IEA competitors with an opportunity to participate in a competition similar to the NRHA Collegiate Championships. This will serve as a precursor for the NRHA to host the IEA National Western Championships in 2012 and 2013.

“We are extraordinarily proud of this partnership with the NRHA,” said Roxane Lawrence, IEA co-founder and executive director. “Both organizations were founded to provide a fun and safe equestrian experience for young riders.”

Brian Bendele, NRHA manager of NRHyA & RHSF programs stated, “We have been amazed with the growth of Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Begun as seed concept eight years ago, it has become the leading student equestrian organization in North America. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship as both organizations offer youngsters a venue to show their abilities with western riding.”

Founded in 2002, the IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition, and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. The IEA ( has more than 3,500 riders across North America who compete in Western, Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat shows.

Founded in 1966, the NRHA ( is an organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse. The National Reining Horse Association is the standard body of the sport of Reining with its international headquarters located in Oklahoma City, OK. NRHA has more than 15,000 members, over 100 affiliates worldwide and holds in excess of 740 NRHA-approved competitions worldwide.

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