High School & Middle School Teams


The Stanford Red Barn is proud to host two Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Teams and two Athletic Equestrian Teams (AEL). The AEL teams are lead by Head Coach, Tina Davey, with Julie Mandle as Assistant Coach of high school and middle school teams (bios here).

Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Teams

The IEA is comprised of riders from local high schools and middle schools from throughout the Bay Area. Tryouts are held in May for our summer IEA program and in the fall for our regular season. Practices take place on Monday and Wednesday nights.

The IEA is based on a system of “catch riding” where athletes compete on horses they are riding for the first time. This ensures a level playing field, with each rider being judged on how they ride the horse they are on, with credit given for those who demonstrate good equitation and solid horsemanship. Riders compete as individuals as well as with their team. To tryout, riders should be able to ride in a group at the walk, trot, and canter and may also be asked to jump a course. Riders must also be able to groom, tack-up and properly care for their assigned horse before and after lessons.

Our two IEA teams, The Red Barn Team and The Woodside Team, compete against teams from throughout California. Both teams are active in the ribbons. In 2017, our teams took home High Point Team at the Zone Finals and went on to finish in the Top Ten at the IEA National Finals.

For more information on the IEA please visit: rideiea.org.

Athletic Equestrian Teams (AEL)

Our AEL program hosts riders ages nine years old (fourth grade) and up. The Stanford Red Barn hosts both an  English and Western team. Our AEL Teams focus on horsemanship and riding on the flat and over fences or poles. Each lesson is two hours long and riders will: groom and tack-up their horse with oversight from an instructor or TA, ride in a group lesson that focuses on flatwork, strengthening one’s position and work over poles or fences, then groom and un-tack their horse with oversight from an instructor or TA, as well as some strength training if time allows. Riders will lesson once weekly, participate in monthly horsemanship classes, and ride in a quarterly scrimmage with their teammates. Lessons are typically held Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for English lessons and Saturday afternoons for western lessons.

To tryout, riders should be able to walk and trot on their own in a group, and have done some cantering, and be able to ride over a course of poles at the walk and trot. Riders should also be able to lead, groom and tack-up a horse with minimal assistance. Following tryouts parents will be informed via email on the status of their rider’s position on the team and lesson time.


For more information on AEL please visit: athleticequestrian.com.

Contact Tina Davey for more information on IEA or AEL:
Tina Davey