The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), awards a student-rider the National Sportsmanship Award each year. Applicants may be any active IEA rider in grades 4-12.
The national award winner will be selected from the group of riders who earned a Sportsmanship Award at a local, regional or zone IEA show during the school year. These Sportsmanship Award winners will receive an IEA Sportsmanship patch (pictured), and will be invited to submit an application for the National Sportsmanship Award.
Each award-winner applicant will present a personal resume that documents the following areas:
In addition, the applicants will compose a 250-word essay that explains how horses and/or equestrian competitions have influenced his/her life. Three recommendations are also needed; one from an equine professional, one from a teacher or school advisor and one from an additional person of the candidate’s choice.
The submissions will be judged by a designated IEA committee based upon the following criteria:
Applicants will place 1st-8th, as in other IEA National Competitions. Student-rider finalists from all IEA disciplines will be judged together.
The 1st place applicant will receive a $500.00 scholarship award from IEA, a lifetime membership to IEA, and they will be nominated by the IEA in affiliate sportsmanship award programs like: USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship Award Program, USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award, and other similar programs, where applicable. His/her essay and a photo will appear in an IEA monthly newsletter and on IEA social media pages.
Additionally, the IEA will also award a $500.00 scholarship to the highest placing senior sportsman from the applications received.
This award is made possible in part by a generous sponsorship from the EQUUS FOUNDATION. (www.equusfoundation.org)
Please submit your application materials as immediately as possible, but no later than May 6, 2024.
All materials must be submitted together to be eligible for consideration.
Submissions may be e-mailed to the IEA Membership Office
(Please note “National Sportsmanship Award” in the subject line.)
IEA Membership Office
Attn: National Sportsmanship Award
The Final awards will be announced in July 2024.
2023 Winner, Lillian Muzzy