IEA to host second annual Western Semifinal competitions in Tennessee and Ohio. • Photo by Waltenberry

IEA to Hold Second Annual Western Semifinal Competitions in Tennessee and Ohio

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) will hold the second annual Western Semifinals Competitions on April 6-7, 2019, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and April 13-14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio, for IEA riders in grades 6-12 from across the nation.  

Youth Western riders competed in regular season shows in their respective regions using a draw-based system, whereby riders draw their mount from a supplied pool of horses. Each region also conducted a post-season, regional finals in order to determine which teams and individual riders qualified for these semifinals events. The top three riders and teams from each region moved on to the semifinals.

The first semifinals in Tennessee will be held at Middle Tennessee State University Miller Horse Science Center & Coliseum in Murfreesboro. This event will be judged by Allen Mitchels (American Quarter Horse Association [AQHA], National Reining Horse Association [NRHA], National Snaffle Bit Association [NSBA], National Cutting Horse Association [NCHA], National Reined Cow Horse Association [NRCHA]), and Kim Myers (AQHA, NRHA, NSBA, American Paint Horse Association [APHA]). The second semi-finals in Ohio will be held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Columbus and will coincide with Equine Affaire, one of the largest equine expos in the United States, This event will be judged by Debbie Kail (AQHA, NSBA) and Carla Wennburg (AQHA, NRHA, NSBA). Over 150 qualified riders will attend each semifinals competition.

The top six teams and individual riders from each semifinals will progress to the IEA Western National finals to be held on June 15-16, 2019, in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Derby. 

Major sponsors for the 2019 IEA Western Semifinals include title sponsor the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), along with Bob’s Custom Saddles (Official Western Saddle Sponsor of the IEA), C4 Belts, Cinch Jeans, Equine Affaire, Kimes Ranch and Matt Mills Reining Horses. 

A full schedule of both Western Semifinals events can be found at