FUNDRAISING

The Area VII Young Riders Program is comprised of and funded in total by a combination of YR membership fees, monies generated from the annual Young Rider Benefit Horse Trial, Sponsorships and individual YR members meeting their fundraising and participation goals. 

Donate to Area VII Young Riders

Fundraising & Sponsorship for the Benefit Horse Trials

Sponsorship is always welcomed and needed! 

Are you interested in sponsoring a YR jump or a dressage ring or prizes!
We are also welcoming any donations for the Silent Auction.
Click here to view the Sponsorship Packet.


Fundraising Requirements

Each member of Area VII Young Riders has yearly participation goals including fundraising, volunteering, appreciation, and donations. Fundraising amounts vary based on your level of riding.

Each member has a yearly fundraising goal determined by their riding level and participation choices. These fundraising goals can be monetary or product in kind**. 

There are additional fundraising requirements for YRs who are participating in NAJYRC, grooming at NAJYRC, or participating in the Team Challenge Event.

Level Riding2018 Fundraising amount2018 Total Fundraising amount (if participant)
Beg Novice$150.00
Novice$150.00
Training$150.00
Preliminary$300.00
Intermediate$300.00
YR Team ChallengeTBD
NAYC groom$425.00
NAYC Mentor program$400.00
NAYC * team (rider)$750.00
NAYC ** team (rider)$750.00
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As a 501(c)3 organization, tax receipts can be provided for the sponsors. Thank you notes / letters will be written by YR’s to individuals and sponsors who provide monetary or product in kind support to the Area VII Young Riders program.

**Product in kind = items which would normally be purchased for YRBHT or Area VII NAYC team(s). This item will need to be pre-approved – check with Area VII YR Coordinator. 


Volunteer Requirements

Each member of Area VII YRs is required to volunteer 10 hours or more in preparation and/or during the YR Benefit Horse Trial.

Young Riders is run by volunteers - including you!

Each member is required to volunteer 10 hours or more in preparation and/or during the YR Benefit Horse Trial. Members who work through the end of the show will recieve double hours from 2:00 pm Sunday through completion. Members unable to attend the benefit may work in the YR Booth at shows and receive 30 minutes for each hour. If you need additional hours, please speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.

YR Members are to submit their end of year volunteer hours forms to the YR Coordinator by November 30 of each year.

Area VII Participation Form 2019


Donation Requirements for YR Social / Low Score

Donations make it fun for everyone!

Each member is required to secure a donation (valued at $35-50) for Low Score Awards. These annual prizes and ribbons are given out at 5 area shows to the YR with the lowest penalty score in their division. If the item is donated (verses purchased) please include the retail store address as well as contact name for thank you notes.

Each member of Area VII YRs is required to secure a donation prize (valued at $35-50) for Low Score Awards. 

This donated prize should be mailed or given to the YR Social / Low Score Award Chair as early in the show season as possible.

Each of these 5 shows will also organize a social event or unmounted activity. Socials in the past have included course walks with Spokane Sport Horse course designer James Atkinson, a 4**** Q&A panel, and our first ever Caber Cup. Don't miss these fun events! 


Appreciation Requirements

To show our appreciation to our Area sponsors and volunteers, each member is required to hand write a minimum of 3 thank you notes. YRs will provide stationary, sponsor names and addresses for this purpose at all YR activities.


Young Riders whom accomplish all of the annual participation will receive an embroidered saddle pad for the year.


Available USEA and USEF Foundation Grants and Awards

The Amy Tryon Grant is designed for Young Riders 14 - 21 years of age who have successfully completed a CIC1*. Applicant must have a successful competitive record and be involved with USEA Area Young Riders’ program. This grant is offered in memory of Amy Tryon, an icon in our sport whose dedication and hard work took her from Northwest Washington to an Olympic Medal. Click here for Grant Description and application due October 15.

The Essex Grant is available to a Developing Rider aged 25-and-under who is competing successfully at the CIC3* level and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing 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. Click here for Grant Application due by October 15.

The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant is available to a Junior Rider aged 18 and under who is competing successfully at the FEI CCI1* level and who is working towards representing his or her Area at the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) CIC2* team competition in the future. The grant is intended to assist the recipient to develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Riders CIC2* level. Click here for the Grant Application due by October 15.

The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award will receive a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag. This award provides incentives for riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country technique, and educates riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe riding across country.  Junior and Amateur riders entered in the designated Training level divisions are judged during their xcountry rounds. This year will be judged at the Training Level for Juniors at The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 18-22, 2018 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII).  For more information visit www.useventing.com/resource/charles-owen-technical-merit-award.

Area VII Young Rider Scholarship
(in development) One of the goals of Area VII Young Riders is to develop Young Riders into competent upper level Event riders. Toward this end Area VII will, based on funds available, consider support of an Area VII Young Rider.  Requests should be in writing (email or letter) and presented in a timely fashion so that the Young Rider Council can consider the request.

For more information on these grants visit https://useafoundation.org/grant-descriptions/