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Congratulations to MICHAEL GOLINOWSKI on winning the 2017 IEA National Sportsmanship Award! The national award winner is selected from a group of riders who earned a Sportsmanship Award at a local, regional or zone IEA show during the 2016 2017 season. These winners were then invited to submit an application for the National Sportsmanship Award. The student-riders submitted a resume, composed a 250-word essay explaining how horses and/or equestrian competition have influenced her/his life and three letters of recommendation. There were 118 applications received this year. Michael received a $500 scholarship from the IEA, a lifetime membership to the IEA and a nomination by the IEA to affiliate sportsmanship award programs. The IHSA awarded Golinowski a keeper trophy and his name engraved on a perpetual sportsmanship award trophy. Also receiving a $500 scholarship as the highest ranking Senior is Alexandra Prymek from Shreveport, Louisiana who rides for Hidden Acres Equestrian Center. #rideiea

Tell us how you spend your horsey summers. Zone 5 IEA Western riders from Dare Equestrian Team are getting ready for their 4-H Fair. Send in your fun (and funny) photos for a chance to win a gift card. Post your photos in the comments by July 23. #rideiea #ieazone5

Attention Zone 7 Hunt Seat Riders:
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a CORE clinic with USHJA certified trainer and Olympic gold-medalist, Melanie Smith Taylor at Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX on September 1-3. Details at www.rideiea.org or www.texasrosehorsepark.com. Deadline to register is August 20.

Day two of the IEA western finals is getting ready to begin shortly. Horses are being schooled and the draw is about ready to start. Here's to another exciting day. #rideiea #nrhaderby #IEAFinals #slideofyourlife

Many thanks to NRHA for hosting our welcome party. #IEAFinals

Zone 4 friends enjoying the NRHA youth party. #IEAFinals #rideiea

Riders from Zone 2 anxiously await scores. #rideiea. #IEAFinals

Beacon Awards, our National IEA Clothing Vendor, is here and set up near the IEA show office. Get your Nationals gear to commemorate your success in qualifying for Nationals. #rideiea #IEAFinals

Less than 24 hours until we begin competition at the IEA Western Finals. Point boards are ready for team competition on Sunday. #rideiea #IEAFinals #IEAFinals2017

IEA wants to give a BIG THANK YOU to our host sponsor, NRHA, for hosting and sponsoring the 2017 IEA Western Finals. In addition, dozens of other sponsors, horse providers, and individuals have contributed to making this show possible. THANK YOU!!! #rideiea #IEAFinals

It is Nationals Finals week! IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant, is in OKC at the NRHA Derby along with Tim Bower of Equine Oasis for the IEA Western National Finals. Several lucky riders will be awarded these beautiful saddles donated by IEA and Equine Oasis. Stay tuned for live feed details coming tomorrow. Competition begins Saturday, July 1. #rideiea #nrhaderby

Voting for the 2017–2018 youth board nominees has begun! If you are an IEA member, you should have received an email today outlining voting directions and the youth board nominees in your Zone. Voting can only be done once from the email and may not be forwarded or shared. Youth Board Members are some of the most hard-working, dedicated young equestrians in the IEA and we appreciate the work they do to promote the IEA and equestrian sport. Be sure and vote! Voting ends at 12:59 PM on Thursday, June 29.

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