Interscholastic Equestrian League


F.A.Q.

 

 

This page is here to help answer all the questions asked about I.E.L. If you don't see the question and answer you were looking for please do not hesitate to contact us.


This is our "Everything You Wanted to Know About I.E.L. but Were Afraid to Ask" guide
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Here is our "How to Survive Your First I.E.L. Show" Guide for first-time school reps. This has been written by experienced team rep Elizabeth Ashforth.
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How do I start an I.E.L. Team at my school?

First, you must find out how involved the school wants to be with the team. If the school wants to recognize the team as an official school team, then you can discuss with them the details of how the team will work. If you are starting the team you can set up details such as P.E. credit and what portion of the fees the school will pay. Some schools pay nothing, some only some of the school/rider fees, while others pay for all of the fees.

If the school does not want to recognize the team, most riders form a “horse club.” For “horse club” riders usually split the school fees between all the riders; and each rider pays their own rider membership fee. You must also find a school official (usually a teacher) who has the authority to sign as school official on the membership forms.

Then, you need to find an adult (21 years of age or older), who is willing to take on the job of team representative. The team representative must attend the I.E.L. August mandatory team representative meeting in order to have the team participate in the upcoming season. You can find the date for the August meeting on the Calendar page. At the mandatory meeting, all forms for the upcoming season will be made public and all changes for the will be gone over.

 

 

 

 

Do all of the riders on a team have to ride and train with the same trainer/coach?

No.  I.E.L. is designed so that riders can ride and continue to train with their current trainer and earn points for their school.  Riders come to the I.E.L. shows with their barn, just like a normal horse show, if they win any ribbons the points are then put towards the school as well as individual points. 

 

Once at the show horses/riders will be stabled by trainer, not by school, as it it easier for everyone involved.

 

 

 

 

What if I'm the only rider for my school? Is there a minimum number of riders?

Not to worry, there is no minimum number of riders to participate at I.E.L.  In fact, there are often times many schools with fewer than three riders.

 

 

 

 

What are the fees for starting up an I.E.L. team?

School Membership fee: $150 ($25 late fee if received after October 1st)
I.E.L. Insurance: $200
Rider Membership fee: $75 ($25 late fee if received after October 1st)

 

 

 

 

What are the responsibilities of the Team Representative?

The team rep is the liaison between the school/riders and the I.E.L. They must represent their school at all mandatory I.E.L. team rep meetings. The main mandatory meeting is in August, and it is the team rep's responsibility to attend this meeting and then relay the information learned to their riders and school. The team rep will be responsible for completing the official I.E.L. school membership form for their school and submitting that form in a timely manner with all necessary fees including the I.E.L. insurance fee if the school elects to use insurance provided through the I.E.L.

 

 

 

 

How do individual riders join our school’s team?

All riders wishing to join an I.E.L. team must fill out the rider membership form, rider eligibility form, and the rider liability form. These forms must be filled out in full to be accepted. Also, please note the eligibility rules when filling out the rider eligibility form; as riders who are not in the correct division will be penalized. These forms need to be sent to the I.E.L., along with the rider’s membership fee, by the October 1st deadline. After October 1st there is a late fee of $25. A rider’s show entry will not be accepted unless a rider has all their membership information completed and turned in, or their school has all their membership forms completed and turned in.

 

 

 

 

I am new to a school that has an I.E.L. team. How do I join?

The best way to find out about your school’s I.E.L. team is to find your team rep and ask questions. The team rep can also introduce your fellow team members. If you do not know who your team rep is, you can contact the I.E.L. and we will put you in touch with your new school’s team representative.

 

 

 

 

What is the I.E.L. Insurance Requirement?

All schools must have liability insurance that will cover a claim arising out of a student’s participation at an I.E.L. horse show. If a school chooses to use their own insurance, they must include proof of insurance with their I.E.L. school membership form. Many schools elect to use the insurance that is offered through the I.E.L. In that case, the insurance fee must be submitted with the school membership form and the school membership fee. A proof of insurance certificate will be issued to each school that elects to purchase insurance through the I.E.L.


This page is here to help answer all the questions asked about IEL If you don't see the question and answer you were looking for please do not hesitate to contact us.


This is our "Everything You Wanted to Know About IEL but Were Afraid to Ask" guide
Click Here to read it.


Here is our "How to Survive Your First IEL.Show" Guide for first-time school reps. This has been written by experienced team rep Elizabeth Ashforth.
Click Here to read it.

How do I start an IEL Team at my school?

First, you must find out how involved the school wants to be with the team. If the school wants to recognize the team as an official school team, then you can discuss with them the details of how the team will work. If you are starting the team you can set up details such as PE credit and what portion of the fees the school will pay. Some schools pay nothing, some only some of the school/rider fees, while others pay for all of the fees.

If the school does not want to recognize the team, most riders form a “horse club.” For “horse club” riders usually split the school fees between all the riders; and each rider pays their own rider membership fee. You must also find a school official (usually a teacher) who has the authority to sign as school official on the membership forms.

Then, you need to find an adult (21 years of age or older), who is willing to take on the job of team representative. The team representative must attend the IEL August mandatory team representative meeting in order to have the team participate in the upcoming season. You can find the date for the August meeting on the calendar . At the mandatory meeting, all forms for the upcoming season will be made public and all changes for the will be gone over.

Do all of the riders on a team have to ride and train with the same trainer/coach?

No.  IEL is designed so that riders can ride and continue to train with their current trainer and earn points for their school.  Riders come to the IEL shows with their barn, just like a normal horse show, if they win any ribbons the points are then put towards the school as well as individual points. 

Once at the show horses/riders will be stabled by trainer, not by school, as it it easier for every

What if I'm the only rider for my school? Is there a minimum number of riders?

Not to worry, there is no minimum number of riders to participate at IEL  In fact, there are often times many schools with fewer than three riders.

What are the fees for starting up an IEL team?

School Membership fee: $150 ($25 late fee if received after October 1st)
IEL Insurance: $200
Rider Membership fee: $75 ($25 late fee if received after October 1st)

 What are the responsibilities of the Team Representative?

The team rep is the liaison between the school/riders and the IEL They must represent their school at all mandatory IEL team rep meetings. The main mandatory meeting is in August, and it is the team rep's responsibility to attend this meeting and then relay the information learned to their riders and school. The team rep will be responsible for completing the official IEL school membership form for their school and submitting that form in a timely manner with all necessary fees including the IEL insurance fee if the school elects to use insurance provided through the IEL.

How do individual riders join our school’s team?

All riders wishing to join an IEL team must fill out the rider membership form, rider eligibility form, and the rider liability form. These forms must be filled out in full to be accepted. Also, please note the eligibility rules when filling out the rider eligibility form; as riders who are not in the correct division will be penalized. These forms need to be sent to the IEL, along with the rider’s membership fee, by the October 1st deadline. After October 1st there is a late fee of $25. A rider’s show entry will not be accepted unless a rider has all their membership information completed and turned in, or their school has all their membership forms completed and turned in.

I am new to a school that has an IEL team. How do I join?

The best way to find out about your school’s IEL team is to find your team rep and ask questions. The team rep can also introduce your fellow team members. If you do not know who your team rep is, you can contact the IEL and we will put you in touch with your new school’s team representative.

What is the IEL Insurance Requirement?

All schools must have liability insurance that will cover a claim arising out of a student’s participation at an IEL horse show. If a school chooses to use their own insurance, they must include proof of insurance with their I.E.L. school membership form. Many schools elect to use the insurance that is offered through the IEL In that case, the insurance fee must be submitted with the school membership form and the school membership fee. A proof of insurance certificate will be issued to each school that elects to purchase insurance through the IEL.


 

 

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