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IEA Calls for Donations

Online Silent Auction September 2024 to benefit the IEA National Scholarship Fund

This event will kick-off IEA’s 2024-25 Season fundraising efforts and will be held in September 2024. As a dedicated supporter of youth equestrian athletes, we are reaching out to request your support!

Participation in Equestrian sport is often seen as exclusive due to the costs of owning and maintaining a horse and riding equipment. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, removes this barrier with our unique draw-based competition format, providing inclusive, affordable, and equitable access to equestrian sport.

This virtual event allows us to reach our entire membership and engage participants from wherever they are located, giving them more time to browse auction items and decide what they would like to bid on, as well as making the registration, bidding, and payment process easier to support our cause. Our organization relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses like yours to help us serve as a gateway to lifelong involvement in our sport through the growth and development of young equestrians. The funds raised from our online silent auction will directly benefit IEA’s National Scholarship Program.

We are seeking donations of desirable auction items that members would find attractive for bidding and cover a variety of price points to accommodate a broad range of budgets that would appeal to our target audience, which includes young equestrians, coaches, horse enthusiasts, and individuals interested in the equine lifestyle. Your contribution can make a significant impact on our fundraising efforts and contribute to the success of our virtual silent auction event.


Here are some examples of items that would be greatly appreciated:

  • Equestrian Equipment and Gear

  • Gift Certificates for Riding Lessons or Clinics

  • VIP Tickets to Equestrian Events

  • Hospitality/Travel Packages

  • Products or Merchandise from Your Brand or Company

  • Horse Photography Packages

  • Artwork

  • Professional Trainer Video Critiques

  •  Online Coaching

  • Wine Tastings

  • Restaurant / Gift Cards

  • Tack Store / Gift Cards

  • Horse Snacks/Cookies


In return for your generosity, we will provide prominent recognition and exposure for your brand or company on our virtual auction platform, website, and social media channels. Additionally, your donation is tax-deductible, and we will provide a formal acknowledgment letter for your records.

If you are interested in supporting our cause and contributing an auction item(s), please contact Kathy Dando, Resource Development Director at

We kindly request that donations be made by Monday, July 15, 2024, to ensure they are included in our online silent auction catalog.

Thank you for considering our request and for your continued support of youth equestrian sports. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of young riders, allowing them to pursue their passion and dreams. 

Interscholastic Equestrian Association

Membership Office

4 Railroad Avenue

Wakefield, MA 01880

Marketing Office

509 S. Otterbein Avenue, Suite 9

Westerville, OH 43081

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm (EDT)

Phone: 877-RIDE-IEA | 877-743-3432

Fax: 508-597-7373


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