Gary Carpenter • QHN file photo

NRHA Commissioner Joins IEA Board of Directors

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce the addition of Gary L. Carpenter, Commissioner and CEO of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and Katie Innis Schaaf, United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Judge to the IEA Board of Directors.Carpenter and Schaaf join these returning Board members: 
·    Jenny Mitchell (President) – Former IEA Coach
·    Nancy Kohler-Cunningham (President Elect) – IHSA Coach, Trainer and owner of The Willows Farm
·    Amanda Garner (Secretary) – IEA Coach, Steward, Judge, and Trainer at Epiphany Farm 
·    Nancy Arledge – IEA Coach, Past IEA Board President and owner of Paddock Stables
·    Timothy J. Boone – Co-Founder, Equestrian and retired Attorney
·    Leah Holland Fiorentino – Executive Director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA)
·    Ollie Griffith – Co-Founder, IHSA Coach and Owner/Trainer of Autumn Rose Farm
·    Sue Wentzel – IEA National Steward
Ex-officio members include: Roxane Durant (Co-Founder and Executive Director), Myron Leff (Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer) and Wayne Ackerer (Co-Founder, Clinician, Judge and Steward).
Carpenter, a native Texan, earned Bachelor and Masters degrees at Colorado State University (CSU), where he participated on the horse judging teams, which he later coached. He returned to CSU from 2010 to 2013, serving as the Industry Outreach and Liaison Director for the Equine Sciences Program. Carpenter is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives. Now serving as the Commissioner and CEO of the National Reining Horse Association, his experience encompasses a broad spectrum of the horse industry, and includes 10 years as Executive Director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, as well as executive positions with The Jockey Club, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and the Arabian Horse Trust. In 2016, Carpenter was awarded the Equine Industry Vision Award, presented by Zoetis in partnership with the American Horse Publications. This prestigious award recognizes ingenuity, service and innovation across the equine industry. 
In Carpenter’s personal life, he has traveled the world working on equine projects involving veterinary, welfare, publishing, studbook and racing endeavors. He is a member of the renowned Roundup Riders of the Rockies and all four of Carpenter’s daughters have been involved with 4-H, United States Pony Club (USPC) and AQHA youth activities. Carpenter resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his wife, author, Marian Carpenter.