Scholarship, Grant and Sponsorship (SGS) Program

NNMHA offers financial support to individuals, partner organizations and event organizers to promote equine well-being and support a variety of equestrian interests.


Scholarships are awarded by merit to adults and youth for career-oriented programs.


Grants may be awarded for participation in clinics, horse shows, lessons, or other events.


Sponsorships are intended to help support specific equine events produced by partner organizations.

General Requirements

Financial support is provided by application only and all approved funds are paid directly to the service provider or organization, not the applicant. Scholarships, grants and sponsorships are approved by the NNMHA Board of Directors on a first-come/first-serve basis, with an annual limit of $2,000 per applicant.

To apply, applicants must complete and submit an appropriate application form and a general liability waiver at least 30 days prior to requiring funds, although exceptions to this deadline may be made in the case of certain time frames. Specific application forms are available for grants, sponsorships and scholarships.

We focus our resources on the northern portion of the state and give preference to applicants in this general area. Applicants must be at least ten (10) years of age in the same calendar year as the application. Applicants must be residents of northern New Mexico and have a demonstrated interest in equines. Liability waivers are required for applicants and parents if applicants are under the age of 18. Waivers must be signed and submitted with completed applications. Download the Liability Waiver.

NNMHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, physical or mental ability, marital status or military status in any of its activities or programs. We respect the privacy of applicants. However, we may discuss the individuals identified within the application and related details with other funders on a need-to-know basis. Therefore, any information that is provided should not be considered confidential.

Applicants are advised there may be IRS and taxable considerations in some cases and are responsible for same.

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Scholarships are given to individuals who may need financial help, based on merit, and have an academic component. Scholarships are horse -related and available for college, vocational-technical schools, veterinarian, veterinary technician or agricultural schools or other recognized educational institution or other programs that involve equine well-being.

Scholarships are generally to be used for study at an educational institution that normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and has a body of students in attendance. Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books and related supplies and equipment. A special scholarship, the Eldon and Karen Reyer Youth Scholarship, is available to those under 22 years of age who meet other criteria; see more information about the Youth Scholarship. Download the Scholarship Application



Grants may be given to organizations or individuals who may need financial assistance based on merit. Grants are related to specific projects and activities that foster knowledge and understanding of equines, and do not usually have an academic or career-oriented educational focus.

Grants may be wide-ranging from (but not limited to) support for individuals for clinics, riding, participation in rides, lessons, equipment needs, from start-up programs to operating funds for organizations, research grants typically found in academia or research-oriented nonprofits or in-kind services such as personnel.

Download the Grant Application.


Sponsorships are usually initiated by NNMHA and often in conjunction with other providers. They may be given to individuals or organizations and may or may not be based on financial need or merit or both. Generally, sponsorships are specific events that involve a partnering organization and offer promotional opportunities for us. Note: sponsors or sponsorships may be paid directly and may not need to complete a general liability waiver.

Like grants and scholarships, sponsorships are related to specific projects and activities that foster knowledge and understanding of equines. Download the Sponsorship Application.