scholarships + grants


The USEA Foundation is honored to administer a number of scholarships and grants, all designed to help USEA members reach their goals. To find more information on each grant, including application forms and due dates, visit


Kim Meier “Kick On” Memorial Grant
Intended to assist those riders who are struggling financially to compete their own horse(s) at the upper levels and who have passed beyond the funding available for Young Riders. Available to riders 26 years or older, this $5,000 grant is given each year to a recipient that wholly owns their horse(s) and is currently competing at the Preliminary level or above.

Le Samurai Fund
Awarded to each of the 10 USEA Areas. 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. Area Chairs only to apply – maximum grant request is $1,000 per annum.


Rebecca Broussard International Developing Riders Grant
Available to riders of all ages competing at CCI4*-S and above who have not yet represented the United States at the Olympics or World Equestrian Games. The National Developing Rider Grant awards $10,000 to one rider at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and the International Developing Rider Grant awards $50,000 to one rider at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

Wilton Fair Fund Grants
Allows up to $100,000 in grants to be given each year for a variety of educational opportunities for riders ages 29 and under who have not yet ridden on a senior team.

Richard Picken Memorial Grant
Established to fund the intensive training of riders aged 25 years and younger competing at the FEI CCI2* level or higher. Each year one applicant will be selected to receive this $5,000 grant.

The Essex Horse Trials Grant
Available to a developing rider aged 25 and under who is competing successfully at CCI4*-S and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The $10,000 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.

MARS Bromont Rising Grants
The MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program was first introduced at the Bromont Three-Day Event in June 2019 when nine riders under the age of 25 were awarded grants of up to $3,000 to assist with the expenses incurred in preparing for and competing in the Bromont CCI. A complete training program was devised to help the riders prepare themselves and their horses for the competition. An additional six riders were invited to participate in the training sessions and were given free entries to the event.

Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant
Available 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.


Broussard Charitable Foundation Trust Going Forward Grants
Several educational grants are awarded for three programs: Horsemanship Immersion Program, Instructors’ Certification Program, and Eventing Officials “r” Training Program. The Trust made a generous gift of $25,000 to the USEA Foundation to award deserving candidates ages 18 and older who are passionate about moving their commitment to the sport forward.

Cindy Burge Memorial Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Grant
Offered each year to one (or more) of its Area’s instructors who’s qualifications 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 ECP, and intention to be assessed for ECP certification. This grant money will help pay the fee for each recipient’s participation in an assessment for ECP certification.

Haller Educational Scholarship
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.

Tremaine Cooper Fund for Cross-Country Design
Will be awarded annually to support the attendance of FEI Level 2 or higher course designers who are U.S. citizens at FEI Eventing Continuing Education Seminars/Clinics that are held overseas (i.e. outside of North America).


Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Grant
Will award the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championships, both East and West Coast Championships combined, with funds that will enable them to travel to the FEI World Young Horse Championships at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France, for the 7-year-old three-star Championships.

Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award
Recognizes an outstanding groom who has had a large influence on their rider’s career and the health and well-being of the horses under their care. Nominees should epitomize the example set forth by Liz Cochran in setting the standard for a professional groom.

Mike Huber Award
Awarded annually to any NAYC coach, chef d’equipe, or team support person who best exemplifies Huber’s enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and dedication to the youth of the sport. Each winner will take home their own trophy to keep as well as have their name engraved on a plaque for a perpetual trophy.

Patrick “Packy” McGaughan Prize
Following his passing, an award in Packy McGaughan’s honor was established through the USEA Foundation. That award includes a beautiful bronze trophy and award recipients will be recognized at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention and a $3,000 award given annually.

2024 Jimmy Wofford Legacy Fund Scholarship
The Jimmy Wofford Legacy Fund Scholarship winners will each be awarded $1000 cash support to be used towards training and expenses related to competing in a 2024 USEA Classic Three-Day Event. In addition, the winners will be awarded an entry in a participating Classic Three-Day Event.

This scholarship is open to adult amateur and junior riders competing at any level within USEA. Applicants must be working towards competing in a 2024 USEA Classic Three-Day Event and in need of financial support to achieve this competition goal. Applicants must also demonstrate their commitment to the sport of eventing through proof of volunteering. Those who have previously participated in, or are currently participating in any other USEA/USEF grant or development program are not eligible for the Wofford Scholarship.

Application deadline is April 1, 2024. Please go to for more information and online application.