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EIDEA will have a booth at Iowa's largest indoor tack swap, where you can consign your unwanted tack and riding attire, while mixing with horse people from all over Eastern Iowa. There will be bargains galore and lots of fun! This is a key fundraiser for our 2020 programming. To add your items to the sale, download the Inventory List and instructions here.

Successful Strectching and Strengthening for the Rider

Februrary 18th, 2020 7:00 pm location to be determined

Do you have the desire to improve your riding through stretching and strengthening exercises?  This is the meeting for you!  We all know riding is a physical sport and we are lucky enough to have an experienced professional willing to share her knowledge.

Tina Brooker, MS CSCS Performance Enhancement Specialist with PCI Therapy Powered by Rock Valley Physical Therapy, will talk and demo stretches and strength exercises.  She received her BA from Cornell College and her Masters in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa.Tina has worked for several years with three of our members:Lois Pienkos, Diane Riccolo and Lynn Birkland.   She understands what riders need to enhance and improve their riding.  Come join us for this exciting meeting.

Learn About USDF Recognized Schooling Shows

Tuesday March 10th, 2020, location to be determined

Do you enjoy showing and want to get USDF credit for the schooling shows you attend?  Now is the time to learn all about the new program!  Anne Sushko, Region 4 USDF Director and recognized Dressage Technical Delegate, will be explaining the new system and how you can experience the new program.  She will also spend time discussing the different membership levels and how to fill out show entry paperwork.  Anne is very active with the USDF and has run multiple recognized shows.  Come join us to learn how to get the most out of your USDF membership and be ready for the upcoming schooling and recognized show season.  

The Confident Rider Part 2 with Andria Pooley-Ebert

Date and location to be announced

One of the most important traits we can cultivate for ourselves and our horses is confidence. If you think confidence comes innately or only from success, EIDEA Board Member and FEI Trainer and Rider in both Eventing and Dressage, Andria Pooley-Ebert of Bent Creek Farm has some amazing insights to share with you. Andria will help us unpack how our self-talk impacts our progress, and how we can cultivate the positive self-talk habits that will help shape our confidence, and improve our performance as athletes. Demonstration rides and self-talk coaching will be included.

3rd Annual Ride A Test

Date and time to be announced soon

Our most fun event of the season is back!  EIDEA's Ride A Test combines the best of Dressage show experience and clinic learning for an unbeatable training value. Ride A Test is ideal for first time test riders or veteran pairs looking to move up a level before debuting at a recognized show. All levels are welcome and encouraged.


  • Judge Caryn Vesperman "r", owner of Touchstone Farm

  • Cheese Tasting with certified Cheese Monger, Merrill Klemm.

  • BYO Wine Tasting. To join the fun, please bring a bottle to share, limit $15 value, and your own cups or glasses.

  • Best of Tasting Award to the bringer of the winning bottle!

Don't miss this fun filled day in the Iowa countryside combining the beautiful sport of Dressage with great tastes and good friends!

 AUDITING (FREE!) OR A RIDING SLOT (pricing coming soon) online sign up will be posted closer to event.

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 7pm (6:30 Social Time) / Location to be determined

All members are strongly encouraged to attend this important Annual Meeting, vote for 2021 Officers and input on future direction and programming for their USDF Group Member Organization.  

Celebrate the Season Recognition Dinner

A festive evening of looking back on the year's highlights celebrating our horses. A great way to cap off our year of learning. Bring your spouse, partner or a friend.

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Calendars for 2020 will be printed and distributed soon.

EIDEA is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization and a Charter GMO of the United States Dressage Federation.


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