|Riding horses is a dream come true.
For SOME of us, a little help may be needed in making that dream a reality!
The IEA BENEVOLENT FUND was established to provide a Financial Assistance Program for young riders in grades 4-12 who need funding assistance to enable them to take lessons and compete in the IEA. Financial Aid provides support for membership fees, bi-weekly riding lessons, and 5 shows of entry fees, plus potential travel money and entries for post-season finals. The Benevolent Fund also provides emergency funding for our coaches, most of whom host teams through their own lesson barn programs, who experience an unexpected event that impedes their ability to work such as illness, accidents, barn fires, natural disasters, and other unexpected tragedies that translate into a loss of personal business income through the Coaches Assistance Grant.
Unfortunately, each year the need is greater than available resources.
This season the IEA was able to fulfill 89% (see chart below) of the financial aid applications from our young riders and coaches in need. Financial Aid is limited to $1,700 per approved-rider request and $1,000 is the Coaches Assistance Grant cap.
You can help us reach our goal of leaving no request for financial aid unfulfilled.
Are you with us?