Opportunities for Riders

IEA Benevolent Fund

Each year the IEA offers assistance to our members through programs funded through the IEA Benevolent Fund. The Financial Assistance Program offers aid to incoming rider members who require help financing their IEA competition. The Coaches Assistance Grant offers financial assistance to our member Coaches in their time of need.

DEADLINE:  Applications for Rider Financial Assistance for the 2023-2024 season are due by August 15th.

Colantuoni Hunt Seat Supplemental Grant 2023-2024

Open to Hunt Seat riders in grades 4-12 who demonstrate financial need.  Riders must also apply to the IEA Benevolent Fund Financial Assistance Program to be considered for these additional grant funds.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2023


Lettie Teague Hunt Seat Supplemental Grant 2023-2024

Open to Hunt Seat Riders in NY, NJ, and CT, grades 7-12 who demonstrate financial need.

Thanks to a generous donation from Lettie Teague, IEA is excited to offer a supplemental grant for financial aid applicants in the Hunt Seat discipline.

The supplemental grant will be awarded to an IEA applicant or split among a group of applicants from NY, NJ or CT, who are approved for FULL assistance through the Benevolent Fund, and who demonstrate a need for additional funding to enable full I EA participation. The rider(s) must demonstrate interest, ability and commitment to equestrian sports, and the Sponsoring Coach must support the rider as outlined in the IEA Benevolent Fund/Financial Aid application by allowing additional lessons at reduced rate, waiving coaching fees at IEA shows, and generally supporting the rider’s passion to participate.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2023


The IEA Youth Board was created to provide adult members and leadership an avenue for which to hear the youth voice and to offer leadership opportunities to rider members.  The Youth Board consists of elected representatives from all IEA Zones and disciplines.  Members serve one-year terms running from July to June.  LEARN MORE.

AQHA-IEA Outstanding Leader Scholarship

The AQHA-IEA Outstanding Leader Scholarship is sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Youth Association and recognizes IEA /AQHYA members who have shown outstanding leadership qualities and a commitment to participation in one or both organizationsLEARN MORE >>

IEA Founders College Scholarship Awards

Each year at the IEA National Final competitions, the IEA awards upwards of $25,000 in scholarships to the top placing and second highest placing Seniors in Individual classes at our National Finals.

Muzzy Family/MZ Farms IEA National Finals Individual Qualifier Travel Grant

Funded by a generous Donation from The Muzzy Family and MZ Farms

The purpose of the Muzzy Family/MZ Farms IEA Nationals Travel Grant is to assist INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIED riders who demonstrate financial need with up to $2,000 in grant money to assist them in attending Finals.

The grant will provide funding to support expenses related to one (1) 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.

Awards will be available for all THREE IEA NATIONAL FINALS events as follows:

  • Six (6) for Hunt Seat Nationals

  • Two (2) for Dressage Nationals

  • Two (2) for Western Nationals


Winner(s) of the 2022 National Sportsmanship Award were announced July 22, 2022.  READ THE RESULTS HERE.

Applications for the 2022-2023 season are NOW AVAILABLE


Zone Specific Scholarships

Each Zone within the IEA offers scholarships to their graduating seniors. For more information please contact the Zone Administrator in your area.

Applications for the 2023-2024 Season will be posted in the fall of 2023.

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