> To form an IEA Show Team as a compliment to the Patchwork Farm private horse showing program
>To provide an opportunity to experience the IHSA College riding format
>To create a team building opportunity among all Patchwork Farm riders
>To provide an inexpensive showing opportunity with accessible, national level goals
>To provide an opportunity to learn horsemanship with an active and hands-on role in the horse showing process (grooming, preparation, set-up, horse care)
Requirements for Participation
> The Patchwork Farm IEA Team is open to middle school and high school students who are full time clients of Patchwork Farm, either private owners or full time/monthly Academy students
> Team members are required to take (2) IEA lessons per month during the IEA season
>IEA lessons are for IEA riders only and will focus on IEA competition skills. They are designed to complement, but not replace regular riding lessons. Upper level coaching will be available several times per season with an experienced NCAA alumni rider
Coach: Jen Bishop
Jen has been riding since the age of 8, when she began at Bethany Stables. She trained with Janet Salem, head trainer of Patchwork Farm; she then trained at Classic Colors Farm and Falcon Ridge Stables. She became a certified trainer in 1999 and trained at Legend's Run Farm until she gave birth to her son Cody in 2002. After his birth, Jen began training at Patchwork Farm, under her former mentor, Janet Salem, as assistant trainer. She coached the Milton IEA Equestrian team for about two years then went on to start her own Patchwork Farm IEA Equestrian team in 2008, for rider's grades 6 - 12, all skill levels, and all schools.
Article written by Janet Salem published in The Chronicle of the Horse in Linda Allen's column "Between Rounds"
Check out the Patchwork Farm IEA Team website for more info