Opportunities for Riders

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.

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 2022-2023 season are due by August 15th.

NEW! - Lettie Teague Hunt Seat Supplemental Grant 2022-2023

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.


August 19, 2022


Colantuoni Hunt Seat Supplemental Grant 2022-2023

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.


August 15, 2022



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.


National Sportsmanship Award

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

Applications for the 2022-2023 season will open in the fall of 2022.

Muzzy Family/MZ Farms IEA National Finals TRAVEL GRANT

The purpose of the Muzzy Family/MZ Farms IEA Nationals Travel Grant is to assist qualified riders who demonstrate financial need with up to $2000 in grant money to assist them in attending IEA National 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.

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 2022-2023 Season will be posted soon.

The goal of the Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund is to provide financial assistance to youth and young adult riders (age 25 and under) to aid in their development in dressage. Grants awarded will typically be $1,000, to be used for educational experiences that are not within the horse and rider’s typical training plan. These may include events such as USDF’s youth outreach clinics or Dressage4Kids’ Emerging Dressage Athlete Program or Winter Intensive Training Program.

Grant applications are due September 1. Learn more and apply at

Learn more about other grant and program opportunities at TDF at

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