The Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s (IEA) recent announcement of the expansion of a new Zone 11 for Hunt Seat and a nation-wide Zone re-organization for Western has created new assignments for Zone Administrators within the organization.
Gretchen Dye of St. Charles, Illinois has been named the new Zone 5 Administrator for Hunt Seat (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan) and Lana Ciaramella of Yonkers, New York has been named the new Zone 2 Administrator for Hunt Seat (New York). Dye replaced former Zone 5 Administrator, Todd Knerr, as he has taken on the new role of IEA Western Zone Administrator for the entire nation. Ciaramella replaced former Zone 2 Administrator, Emily David, who has moved into the new position of Zone 11 Administrator for Hunt Seat (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) Both Dye and Ciaramella are veteran IEA members, having served as IEA Regional Presidents, as well as coaching IEA teams.
Gretchen Dye developed a highly successful IEA team in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area which became a springboard for involving youth in non-profit and philanthropic causes. She served as the IEA Zone 5 Region 3 (Central Ohio area) President for four years and Zone 5 Region 9 (Chicago area) for one year. In addition to successfully re-establishing Childress Rodgers Stables as a viable business in the equine industry by re-organizing their business structure and adding new programs, Dye was also involved in creating the KITE (Kid, Infant and Teen Education) program that teaches teen parents the proper physical, mental, emotional and social development of their children. Dye enjoys advising parents and student athletes on goal setting and developing structured goal achievement plans. She received her Master of Education degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a concentration in Counseling.
Lana Ciaramella has served as an IEA Coach at Twin Lakes Farm for the past four years as well as the Region Chair for Zone 2, Region 12 (Southeastern New York area) for two years. In this role, she strengthened the structure of regular season competitions, educated coaches on existing and updated rules, and guided new teams through the initial steps of the season. Ciaramella has stewarded a number of regular season IEA shows as well as a Regional Finals. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from American University where she was a founding member of their Equestrian Team. Ciaramella also holds a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from Pace University School of Law and has served as a volunteer Mounted Auxiliary Officer with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Now entering its 16th year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams. For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org
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