Maplewood Stables Establishes Interscholastic Riding Team for Middle and High School Students

Maplewood will now host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team

Maplewood will now host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team

Maplewood Stables, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of a new riding and showing program geared toward Middle and High School students. Organized in a team format, the Maplewood program will be affiliated with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and is a recent addition to the nationally renowned Hunter/Jumper equestrian center.

Maplewood's IEA team will offer Reno-area Middle and High School students the opportunity to train and compete against other area teams and nationally. The IEA program is for students in grades 6-12, and riders need not own a horse to join or compete. It's open to students in public and private schools and includes barn teams as well.

"We are thrilled to develop an IEA team and offer young riders in our area the opportunity to expand their horsemanship knowledge and riding skills," said Maplewood Owner and Trainer Julie Winkel. "The IEA is a unique program that allows young riders to learn, grow and compete as teammates and also offers those without the means to own a horse the chance to ride and show."

Maplewood will host an IEA Open Forum on Sunday October 23 at noon for those interested in learning more about Maplewood Stables and the IEA program. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the Annual Maplewood Halloween Horse Show. Please join us to learn more about this fantastic program and join our team!

The IEA teams attend horse shows at host schools in a "catch ride" format, where the horse school provides all horses and tack. Riders draw a horse from a hat, are given a short period of time to get to know the horse, and then compete against riders of similar skill levels. Through the IEA, riders have the opportunity to compete as part of a team, be noticed by college coaches and earn college scholarships.

Regional shows begin in October and end with the National Championships in April. To learn more about the IEA, please visit

Maplewood's services include year-round lessons for all levels of skill, from beginner to advanced, horse boarding and training, as well as showing from local to international-level. 

Tricia Booker