Last year, we were able to fully underwrite lessons, entry fees and travel for four students and to partially fund three others.

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November 2015

Dear IEA Riders, Families, Coaches, Alumni and Friends,

Imagine not having the opportunity to ride a horse.

What if your child had to quit riding and leave IEA teammates for financial reasons?

What if your barn were closing because of a natural disaster or a serious injury to your coach?

Even though the IEA has created an affordable program for youngsters, in grades 6-12, to compete in equestrian sport, the applications for financial assistance keep increasing. The need has exhausted the earmarked Benevolent Funds every year since its establishment five years ago. Each year, the non-profit IEA transfers a significant amount of operational funds to meet the goals of supporting as many individuals as possible.

In the 2014-2015 season, the IEA was able to help three coaches who suffered significant physical injuries that sidelined them from their professional income, and we supported 23 riders that would have been unable to participate in the IEA without our assistance.

This year we had an unprecedented TWENTY-EIGHT applicants to the Financial Aid program. We were only able to guarantee partial grants for many of these riders in the regular season, and if they qualify for post-season, we may not have the funds to additionally support them.

Realistically, we would need to raise $48,000 in order to fully finance this many riders. In 2014, we only raised 10% of this amount. 

PLEASE HELP us become more successful this season. A gift as little as $25 can pay for a lesson and a gift of $1700 would fund a rider for a full year! Of course, any amount is appreciated and will be used to directly assist our riders and coaches during times of financial distress.

The IEA is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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Thank you!

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Roxane Lawrence
IEA Co-Founder/Executive Director