The USEA offers many grants which are administered through the USEA Foundation. All of the grants and scholarships are designed to assist event riders reach their goals. The grants provide funds to be used for coaching, training, and participating in competitions aimed at advancing the skills of both horse and rider.
The Wilton Fair Fund allows up to $100,000 in grants to be given each year for a variety of educational opportunities for riders 29 and under who have not yet ridden for a senior team.
Available to riders at the CCI4*-S and above who have not yet represented the United States in an official team competition. Travel grants given to multiple applicants to offset the cost of traveling to The Event at Rebecca Farm. The National Developing Rider Grant awards $10,0000 to one rider at Convention and the International Developing Rider Grant awards $50,000 to one rider at Convention.
The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to a developing rider aged 25 and under who is competing successfully at the CCI4*-S and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Rider ranks to the Senior Rider ranks. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.
The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant is for riders 14-18 years of age who are competing successfully at the Preliminary/two-star level and who are working towards representing his or her Area at the NAYC CCI3*-S team competition in the following year. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CCI3*-S level. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.
The Worth the Trust Scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship available to riders 16 years old or older who have declared amateur status with the USEA. The scholarship aims to reward amateur eventers by helping to fund training opportunities like clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction. Learning to officiate or working with a course designer, Technical Delegate, judge, veterinarian, etc. are also appropriate uses of the scholarship, with the approval of the scholarship panel. Applicants for the scholarship must complete 10 hours of volunteer work with a national or local charitable organization, any minority/disadvantaged group, or local eventing association or horse trials.
Click here to apply for the 2022 Worth the Trust Scholarship.
The Le Samurai Fund was established by Rebecca Broussard and Amy Tryon in memory of the great five-star horse Le Samurai. The USEA Foundation has allocated a total of $10,000 annually from the Le Samurai Fund for adult amateur education programs that are USEA Area activities. Grants from the fund are in addition to Area allotments and can be used for the same adult amateur education programs. The Area Chair should fill out one application form per year and have the principal organizer sign it and send it to the USEA. Grants will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon approval, the funds will be forwarded to the Area Treasurer. The maximum grant request is $1,000 per annum.
The USEA has established two educational scholarships in memory of the late Roger Haller and his wife Ann Haller. Designed to provide financial assistance to those licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the "R" license, the "S" license, or the FEI licenses. The Scholarship may be used to offset the costs involved in gaining the necessary education and practical experience required to attain promotion. The sport is in urgent need of well-trained and committed officials who can serve at the highest international levels of the sport. Officials seeking promotion may apply for the scholarship by completing the application form here.
The Cindy Burge Memorial ICP Grant is offered each year by each USEA Area’s Adult Rider Program to one (or more) of its Area’s instructors who meets the grant’s qualification standards and is selected as a recipient. These qualification standards include merit as an instructor, service to the sport, potential to provide future benefit to the sport, demonstration of compatibility with the educational goals of ICP, and intention to be assessed for ICP certification. This grant money will help pay the fee for each recipient’s participation in an assessment for ICP certification.
This grant program honors Cindy Burge, who was a spirited leader of eventing in the Northwest and one of the first instructors to be certified by ICP. With her instructing and competing and her organization of the Deep Creek Horse Trials outside of Spokane, Washington, Cindy benefited eventers every day with her knowledge and experience, her riding ability, and her organizational talent and hard work.
The Captain Mendivil-Yucupicio Award is presented annually at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and honors a foreign international rider competing in the U.S. who has demonstrated integrity and good sportsmanship. The $5,000 award will be presented to a deserving individual who: demonstrates integrity; shows strong determination; is tenacious; demonstrates overall good sportsmanship; has experienced struggles but worked to overcome them; and has financial need.
The Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award grants $5,000 to a groom who works for a rider who is a current Event Riders Association of North America and USEA member. The recipient epitomizes the example of good character set forth by Liz Cochran in setting the standard for a professional groom.