|Columbus, Ohio (February 26, 2021) – A magnanimous gesture – the Muzzy Family and its MZ Farms have established a five-year $100,000 Grant to assist the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and qualified riders, who demonstrate financial need, in attending the National Finals competitions. The Travel Grant allocation is $20,000 to be divided among approximately ten riders, in each of five years, beginning with IEA Hunt Seat Finals this April. Each rider will receive up to $2,000 in grant money. The initial estimated distribution of the ten grants will be six for Hunt Seat Finals (June 22-25/Perry, Georgia), two for Dressage Finals (May 15-16/Tyler, Texas) and two for Western Finals (June 30-July 1/Ft. Worth, Texas).
The Travel Grant will provide funding to support expenses related to an individual rider plus a guardian and a coach to travel to IEA National Finals, in addition to related entry fees for any individual and team (if applicable) classes.
Travel Grants will be awarded on a need basis: seniority of rider; years of IEA participation and Sportsmanship Awards. An applicant must be an individual National Finals qualifier; complete a general application; submit a parent/guardian 2019 or 2020 tax return; and include a Coach recommendation letter. Deadlines for submission requests are: Hunt Seat: April 6; Dressage: April 20; Western: June 8. Full instructions and application form will be available on the IEA website (www.rideiea.org) by March 1st.
Cathy Muzzy commented, “Steve and I are so very pleased to support the IEA. Our daughter rides in the IEA and she has had the most wonderful experience.” The IEA, though its draw-based format, levels the ‘playing field’ for each of these young equestrians and provides the mount and tack for every ride at each event. That means no rider needs to own a horse. Yet, even with this support, many good riders cannot afford the cost associated with travel for shows out of their own geography. “We hope this Travel Grant will help a rider make it to Finals without burdening their family,” says Muzzy.
Roxane Durant, IEA Co-founder/Executive Director stated, “The Muzzy Family has supported the annual IEA Zone 10 (California/Arizona/Hawaii) Senior Scholarship awards for several years (deadline for submission March 1), as well as the IEA Benevolent Fund. Their latest generosity in offering this National Finals Travel Grant is just thrilling! We have always known that the success of our organization comes from the IEA ‘community’ of riders, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and, most important, our families. This Grant by the Muzzy Family and MZ Farms will help young riders who might not otherwise attend the epitome of our season – The National Finals. This gift is so very much appreciated and is an extraordinary example of support from an IEA Family.”