Barrington Hill Farm
Barrinton Hill IEA – middle and high school riding team
October 15, 2010
CONTACT : Alcia Trias PHONE NUMBER: 727 643-6128
DADE CITY Tampa area high school and middle school students have been handed a new school sport and they are rushing to join teams throughout the area. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has brought organized equestrian competitions to younger riders for the first time. Before now, riding in an interscholastic setting had to wait until college when you joined an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team.
The Barrington Hill Farm IEA team will be the area’s first to compete in events sponsored by the IEA. IEA is a national organization that promotes the equestrian sport through horse shows that eliminate the need for riders to own and transport their own horses. Following a model used by hundreds of college teams on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association circuit, the host barns for each IEA show provides all horses and tack needed for the event. Riders are judged on equitation in traditional horse show classes.
The Barrington Hill Farm IEA team is comprised of high school and middle school students from Dade City, Tampa, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. Riders of all skill levels are eligible for the team as IEA shows include walk-trot classes as well as over fences classes with jumps up to three feet high.
“The IEA is a great organization to ride with because you don’t have to own a horse to participate and it fosters a fair, level playing field”, Alicia Trias, team coach and owner of Barrington Hill Farm. “It’s a very well-run program that allows even riders with little experience to be part of a team and good competition.”
In preparation for formal competition, members of the Barrington Hill team hosted and competed at a scrimmage on October 9, 2010. Bryan Stables from Plant City joined the scrimmage. Riders competed in some classes and received improvement critiques from the judge.
The team will travel to its first rated show on November 6 to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Barrington Hill will host a rated IEA event on January 8, 2010. A key goal for the group is to participate in the IEA’s national event this spring in Maryland.
A key mission of IEA is to promote scholarships for equestrian athletes, and the organization awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to riders every year. $120,000 was awarded to riders last year! Barrington Hill also created an Apprentice Program for students in Fifth Grade to be on the team. This allows these Fifth Grade riders to prepare for the format, train, and compete in scrimmages. So when they are sixth graders they are ready to compete at their optimal ability. Additional team activities planned for the Barrington Hill team are clinics with some of the country’s best trainers, fundraisers, training the foals born at Barrinton Hill, and area charity work.
IEA is an affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, the United States Hunter Jumper Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Call 727-643-6128 to become involved in this wonderful opportunity. T here are finally more options other than football, soccer, softball and baseball for Tampa Bay area youths.