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Green Is the New Blue Inspires Sustainable Practices at 2023 Interscholastic Equestrian Association

Mill Spring, North Carolina – May 7, 2023 – Green Is the New Blue, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting environmental conservation and sustainability in equestrian sports, made a significant impact at the 2023 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.



As a proud participant at IEA Nationals, Green Is the New Blue engaged with student athletes ranging from third grade through high school, offering valuable insights and guidance on implementing simple initiatives within their equestrian facilities to reduce their environmental footprint. Through interactive discussions and educational materials, the organization encouraged young riders to embrace sustainable practices around the barn.

At the event, Green Is the New Blue hosted a table in the vendor space where riders had the chance to compete for prizes and ribbons by submitting their pledges to uphold sustainable principles in their sport. This initiative fostered a sense of camaraderie and excitement, while inspiring participants to take concrete actions towards a greener future.


Zone 3 Wins the #BringYourOwn Challenge at IEA Nationals 2023


Additionally, Green Is the New Blue proudly presented the 2023 #BringYourOwn IEA Zone Challenge to Zone 3. This challenge encouraged equestrian enthusiasts in each zone to adopt reusable and eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic water bottles, promoting responsible resource management and waste reduction. Spearheaded by their Youth Board representative Kelsey Barker, Zone 3 successfully shared the most social media posts throughout the season promoting the #BringYourOwn campaign.

At the finals, Creative Director of Green Is the New Blue R. Scot Evans joined forces with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Megan Taylor to provide insightful and engaging commentary during the live stream of the event. Evans, a renowned figure in the hunter-jumper equestrian world, brought his expertise and passion for judging to the broadcast. Their dynamic commentary not only enhanced the viewing experience for spectators nationwide but also highlighted the importance of incorporating sustainable principles into all aspects of equestrian sports.

Through its presence at the IEA Nationals, Green Is the New Blue successfully raised awareness about the importance of environmental stewardship within the equestrian community. By empowering young riders with the knowledge and tools to make a positive impact, the organization is fostering a culture of sustainability that will have far-reaching benefits for both the sport and the planet.

For more information about Green Is the New Blue and its initiatives, please visit greenisthenewblue.org or contact Youth Programs Coordinator Anna Zygadlo at azygadlo@greenisthenewblue.org


About Green Is the New Blue

Green Is the New Blue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and sustainability within equestrian sports. Through educational programs, initiatives, and partnerships, they inspire and empower riders to implement eco-friendly practices that contribute to a greener future.

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