IEA Announces New Location for 2024 Hunt Seat & Dressage National Finals

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently approved a location change for the 2024 IEA Hunt Seat and Dressage National Finals. IEA will again return to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina on April 25-28, 2024 to host over 700 youth riders in grades 4-12 for this prestigious national event.

IEA had previously announced during their April 2023 National Finals that the 2024 event would be held at the LA Equestrian Center in Burbank, California (IEA Zone 10). Due to circumstances beyond IEA’s control, the LA facility is currently undergoing some changes in management that prohibited the 2024 event from being held at that location as originally planned. Additional venues in IEA Zone 10 were reviewed but not found to be suitable alternatives.

“We recognize that some IEA members may be disappointed that we are not going to California this year as planned, and we will continue to seek a future Finals event in Zone 10. However, we are grateful to the staff at Tryon who jumped in quickly to welcome us back to their fantastic facility for another year,” says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. “They did an outstanding job for us in 2023, and we have no doubt that it will be even better in 2024!”

Tryon International Equestrian Center is a world-class facility that opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities. Nestled in the lush foothills of North Carolina, it now boasts 12 riding arenas, more than 1,200 permanent stalls, and a variety of restaurants, shops, and lodging options, plus a sporting clay course and a golf and sports club.

Now in its 22nd year, the IEA has over 14,600 members across the United States participating in Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. IEA’s mission is to promote lifelong involvement in equestrian athletics. IEA wishes to introduce students in grades 4-8 (Future) and 9-12 (Upper School) to equestrian sports and to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized competitions and educational opportunities. IEA further wishes to inspire and facilitate adults to continue their journey in equestrian athletics for a lifetime.

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