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Calendars for 2020 will be printed and distributed soon.

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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 Rock Valley Physical Therapy, 1825 29th St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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

Tues March 10th, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Iowa Equestrian Center Kirkwood Cafeteria area

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.  

Nutrition, Performance, Longevity: inseparable components

Will be rescheduled due to Covid-19

Most of us understand how different types of nutrition affect our performance and longevity, but have you ever thought about it in terms of what your horse eats and how it affects them?  Nutrition is key to performance and longevity of our horses.  Regardless of the type of feed  you use, this meeting will explain the benefits of different types of nutrition and how your horse can benefit from each.  

  • ​Hands on demonstration for evaluating your horse's nutrition status

  • Building topline

  • Improving digestive health

Abby Keegan, M.S., PAS, an Equine Nutritionist for Cargill Feed & Nutrition, will spend the evening educating us about the role nutrition plays in our horses daily life.   Abby received her B.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University, M.S. from Kansas State University.  She enjoys connecting research and development with real-world application, helping Cargill create new products, services and solutions that support improving the health of the horse.  Over the last 15 years, she has professionally consulted on equine nutrition, lectured at several veterinary schools, spoken at multiple AAEP Sunrise Sessions, and taught Continuing Education courses for veterinarians many states across the United States.

The Confident Rider Part 2 with Andria Pooley-Ebert

Online April 21st, social time 6:30, program 7:00 pm.

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.

This online seminar will be open to all EIDEA members to attend. The program starts at 7:00 pm with a short social time starting at 6:30 pm. All members will receive a link in their email to join the meeting.
You can sign up or renew your membership on our website
If you find you have not received your link before the meeting, please email

Fox Hunting 101

Hunt Party, Date and time TBA

Have you ever wondered about the age old horse equestrian sport of fox hunting?    Started back in the sixteenth century, fox hunting has evolved into more of a "fox chase" where riders can enjoy the beautiful landscape and comradery from atop their horses.  Mary Curran, Jay Stockhausen and Jim McNutt, all members of the North Hills Hunt will spend the evening sharing about what fox hunting is today and how you can participate.  They will answer questions about etiquette, costs and of course the most important "what to wear".  Hunt weekends are filled with riding, fresh outdoor air, great food and building relationships.  For this meeting we will have a mini hunt party with hors d'ouvres while we are educated about fox hunting.  

3rd Annual Ride A Test

Sunday, July 12th, Tamarack Stables, Anamosa

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.  We will be adjusting our program to accommodate riders and spectators due to Covid 19 precautions.  We will be following all covid 19 precautions Tammy Lisi uses for her shows to ensure the safety of all. 


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

  • Cheese Tasting with certified Cheese Monger, Merrill Klemm

  • Lubben Vineyards and Winery will be providing the wine for tasting and purchase

  • 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 for members, $10/non-members) OR A RIDING SLOT ($40 members, $50 non-members) online sign up will be posted on June 13th.  All riders and auditors must pre-register.   Day stalls are available and must be signed up separately please send an email through our website for availability.

Musical Freestyle Clinic

October 2-4, 2020, Winds Reach Farm, Iowa City, IA

EIDEA is proud to the be the host of a Musical Freestyle clinic with Melanie Michalak for riders and auditors to enjoy.  This weekend long clinic will offer a lecture on musical freestyles starting Friday evening.  Rides will be available to both EIDEA members and non-members for Saturday and Sunday.  Our clinician Melanie Michalak has been creating musical freestyles for all levels of riders throughout the country.   For more information please see her bio attached to this page. Melanie will offer multiple types of clinic riders for both the serious competitor and those that want to try riding for fun with music to fit the horse and rider.  The goal of the clinic is to provide education on musical freestyles while getting to watch and enjoy the talented riders that choose to participate.  More information will be available on our website this week. 

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Tuesday, November 10, 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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