Valley Ridge Farm
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Ridge Riders
Ridge Riders is a competitive equestrian team for youths in grades 6-12, under charter of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. The mission of the team is to promote the appreciation of the equestrian sport and safe riding, to support and develop local amateur athletes for the equestrian sport by conducting and participating in equestrian competitions, and to further provide youths with equine educational opportunities beyond competitions.
IEA has a new program for 4th and 5th graders that gives a leg up to those wanting to be part of the IEA. These children compete in either the Walk Trot or Walk Trot Canter division. This is an Introductory division.
Our Competitive Equestrian Teams
The Ridge Riders IEA Team was established in 2009 and is comprised of a Middle school (6-8 grades) team and Upper school (9-12) team. Both equestrian teams are under the leadership and direction of Coach Michele Koury and are hosted at Valley Ridge Farm, Inc. Team members are presently from Monongalia, Preston, Marion and Harrison Counties WV and Garrett County MD.
Interscholastic Equestrian Association Membership
Interscholastic Equestrian Association membership is extended to youth in public and private schools, as well as barn teams. You do not need to own your own horse to participate. Participants at Valley Ridge Farm can expect to obtain an extensive range of horsemanship skills and knowledge under the tutelage of award-winning Coach and mentor, Michele Koury and Assistant Coach, Liz Vidulich.
Ridge Riders is a member of the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association), and a 501.c3 national non-profit organization for youth.