Harley is from our home state of NY, where she participates on an IEA Team. We were able to catch up with her on what it's like to be on a team, and her goals!
Horseplay: You participate in IEA, what is your favorite part of being on a team?
Harley: My favorite part of being on the IEA team would have to be either getting to ride so many different horses, or being part of a team where we can support each other.
Horseplay: What do you feel are some of the benefits of IEA? How do you feel
it's helping you grow as a rider?
Harley: Some benefits of IEA are that I get to try riding a bunch of new horses, although I already ride a few different horses at my barn. IEA gives me a chance to try a bunch of different horses that might not be like the horses I ride regularly. It helps me grow because I get the opportunity to try new horses and learn how to deal with different horses.
Horseplay: Do you have any goals for this IEA season?
Harley: My goals for this year are to be a little more relaxed, last year I got a little stressed with doing well. I want to relax myself, and I think in doing so it will help me get better also.
Horseplay: Definitely a good horse showing goal to have! Do you have any favorite IEA shows, or horses?
Harley: I don't really have a favorite IEA horse, but my favorite IEA show would probably be my "home" show, which is at a barn called Crosswinds that is partnered with my barn to form our IEA team. Crosswinds is my favorite because the indoor is warmer than some other barns so it's a lot nicer in the winter!
Horseplay: How often does your team practice?
Harley: My team usually practices the week before a show, there will be an IEA lesson that people can go to. However, I lesson twice a week outside of IEA, and I go to the barn almost every day so now and then I'll get the chance to maybe walk-trot another horse at the barn.