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What in the World is AEL?

Kimmie Lull

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Lauren Franco is the head coach of Elvenstar’s newest barn team: the Athletic Equestrian League Team. The AEL began on the East Coast to help make well rounded riders, but has now found it’s way west to California, where the first barn to form an AEL team was Stanford. Stanford’s trainers, suggested to our head coach, Jim Hagman that Elvenstar joins the organization and creates a team of it’s own.

The Athletic Equestrian League focuses on the rider as a whole. This means that at each horse show there are three different tests: a flat phase, a jumping round, and a horsemanship test. Each of these sections has different levels so that from beginners to the most advanced of riders can participate. AEL may be confused with IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) because in both you ride a randomly selected mount, not the horse you are comfortable riding. However, riders in the IEA shows are not judges on practical horsemanship.  So, if you are interested in expanding your riding abilities to show on any horse and you would like to learn more about horse care and management then AEL is the team for you!

Lauren is encouraging anyone who is interested to contact her at lmfranco624@gmail.com for additional information and to get all of your questions answered. Lauren is very excited to start this program, one that she wished she could have had the opportunity to participate in as a young rider. Her interests were sparked when she was chosen to fly to Germany and participate in a collegiate horse show where competitors were expected to ride an unknown horse. Now, she wants to bring that same experience to all of our riders and we can’t wait to watch Elvenstar’s newest team grow and advance, good luck AEL riders!


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What in the World is AEL?