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Way Farm currently hosts two teams, the University of Rochester Equestrian Team and a Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team for middle and high school students.

Interscholastic Equestrian Association
Way Farm is proud to announce their very successful participation in the IEA (INTERSCHOLASTIC EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION).

Coached by Peggy Gauger, who also coaches the University of Rochester’s Equestrian Team, our IEA team achieved success beyond anyone’s expectations. They worked hard and rode well. Our first year competing, the Mercy team had 7 individual riders who qualified for Zones. To qualify, an individual rider must achieve 15 points throughout a maximum of 5 horseshows. At Zones, two of our individual riders qualified for Nationals in a very competitive arena of riders. The team ultimately earned the honor of being one of the Top 3 teams (over 20 teams competing) that qualified for Nationals. Nationals only take the TOP 19 schools in the Country.

WAY FARM will be holding tryouts for riders interested in competing on The Way Farm IEA Team. The tryouts are open to any middle or high school students in our surrounding area. The Tryouts will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Way Farm, 2009 Harris Road, Penfield, NY. Times will be posted soon. We also are welcoming any student interested in learning equestrian skills on a non-competitive level. There is a one-time tryout fee of $25.00.

Please contact Peggy at peggygauger@rochester.rr.com.

You can also contact Way Farm's owner, Guy Kaplin, at 585-872-0395

IEA (interscholastic equestrian association) is an organization available to middle and high school equestrians. We compete from a beginner (walk, trot, canter) level through varsity open level (jumping 2'6). Our Zone has grown so populated, next season there will be Regional qualification prior to Zones. To qualify for Regionals you must earn 15 points competing at a maximum of 5 horseshows. We are in Region 3, Zone 2 competing @ St.Lawrence, Skaneateles, Alfred State College, and Cazenovia College.

The unique aspect of these competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the horses, saddle and other tack are all provided to the students at the show. The host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Some of the equipment may be borrowed from various training barns and facilities. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity at orientation in the over fences classes, essentially, the horse is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship, not the horse. The competitions involve six classes jumping over fences no greater than three feet high and numerous flat equitation classes.
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