Interscholastic Equestrian Association Announces Renewed Partnership with National Snaffle Bit Association
Monday, October 17, 2022 (Columbus, Ohio) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is proud to announce a renewed two-year agreement with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA).
With this alliance, the NSBA will be named the title sponsor for all horsemanship competition at the 2023 IEA Western National Finals, providing bronze trophies for all classes. NSBA also was the horsemanship competition title sponsor of the 2022 IEA Western National Finals held last April in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during the IEA 20th Anniversary.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with NSBA,” stated Roxane Durant, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the IEA. “NSBA and specifically NSBA Executive Director, Stephanie Lynn, have been important partners of the IEA. Not only are they bringing significant sponsorship to our Western National Finals, but Stephanie has provided invaluable support to our Western program through her involvement on our Western Committee. Both IEA and NSBA are committed to promoting equestrian involvement and industry growth, so this alliance is inherently a win-win for both organizations and for the equine industry in general.”
“NSBA is pleased to be Member Partners of the IEA. Together, we can promote youth equestrianism by providing competition for young riders who may not otherwise have a platform to show horses,” stated NSBA Executive Director, Stephanie Lynn. “And for those IEA riders who do own their own horses, it was exciting to see IEA participate as an exhibition team this year in the NSBA sponsored National Youth Activities Team Tournament (NYATT) at the 2022 All American Quarter Horse Congress.”
Now in its 21st year, the IEA has over 14,000 members across the United States participating in Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA hosting team supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. IEA’s mission is to promote lifelong involvement in equestrian athletics. IEA wishes to introduce students in grades 4-8 (Future) and 9-12 (Upper School) to equestrian sports and to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized competitions and educational opportunities.
IEA further wishes to inspire and facilitate adults to continue their journey in equestrian athletics for a lifetime. For more information, visit www.rideiea.org.
Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines and breed associations in competition. NSBA's programs uphold keeping the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all activities and encourage the use of standard rules for holding and judging events. For more information, visit www.nsba.com