Virginia Horse Center to Host 2017 IEA National Finals

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Virginia Horse Center

Virginia Horse Center

Lexington, Va. - The Virginia Horse Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting the 2017 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals in Lexington, Virginia April 21-23.

IEA Nationals is hosted in different locations each year to allow members to travel to different parts of the country, experience different horses and horse communities, and allow various IEA zones and the teams within them to showcase their horses. For 2017, Zone 3 was chosen zone, and the Virginia Horse Center was the perfect fit.

IEA National Finals Coordinator, Stephanie Keough, said, "Zone 3 has long tradition of quality equestrian competition and activity. We're excited for our riders to be part of that. When looking at Zone 3, Virginia Horse Center is a top-notch facility that can accommodate all of our needs."

The Virginia Horse Center was founded to promote the development of all aspects of the equestrian sport and is located in the rolling hills and mountains of Rockbridge County.

The facility features a 4,000 seat coliseum arena, eight barns to accommodate over 1,200 horses, and 19 different show rings including two indoors, a cross country field and combined carriage driving course, campgrounds, and full catering and dining services.

The Virginia Horse Center is run by the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation is an integral part of the Rockbridge County, VA community and economy and is a valuable resource to the East-Atlantic competition circuit. The Foundation serves over 500,000 people and 100,000 animals, and manages 115 annual events, most free and open to the public.

"The IEA is one of the most important organizations in equestrian sport today," expressed Virginia Horse Center Foundation CEO John Nicholson.

"By providing young people an organized forum for safe and fair competition, IEA not only is making a critical contribution to the future of our sport, but also to the positive character development of middle and high school students throughout the country. The Virginia Horse Center is proud to welcome the all the participants of the IEA National Finals. We are confident all will enjoy our first class facilities and will enjoy the beautiful vista of the Shenandoah Valley."

Keough concluded, "We're looking forward to the continued support of our many sponsors and expect the quality of the event to continue to impress!"

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