About the NSBA Foundation


The NSBA Foundation is thrilled to announce this new program for 2018. If you have ever thought about adding programs for riders with disabilities into your venue, this is the place for you to learn. Click on the image above to learn more.

The NSBA Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to support the efforts of the Association through programming specific to the equine industry and the NSBA membership. The foundation supports the following programs:


This program provides a venue for riders with physical and cognitive disabilities that love to compete by offering classes including showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, trail, western pleasure and hunter under saddle. Classes are offered for exhibitors who can ride independently and those who need support and may be held at NSBA approved shows, US Para-Equestrian events or may be stand-alone events.

In an effort to encourage new Equestrians with Disabilities riders to join us, riders may apply for a financial aid grant through the NSBA Foundation to offset  competition and event costs at the NSBA World Championship Show.   While all contributions are welcomed to the Grant Program,  a $650 contribution can “Sponsor a Rider” and help offset expenses that may prohibit a rider from attending.  These grants allow many riders the opportunity  to compete at the NSBA World Championship Show that they otherwise could not afford.


The NSBA Foundation began its involvement in the Heroes on Horses effort in 2011 by holding classes where veterans compete for World Champion titles and awards during the NSBA World Championship Show. The annual NSBA event compliments the work of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and its Horses for Heroes program.


The NSBA Trainer Crisis Fund was established to support horse trainers and their families who find themselves in a situation of financial need as a result of sudden and demonstrable hardship, disaster of a severe and unexpected nature, or from serious physical illness or injury. The Crisis Fund may provide information, resources, potential financial support and local contacts that may assist a trainer and their family to rebuild their business and meet current and on-going needs.


Each year, the NSBA Foundation offers a $2000 scholarship to an NSBA youth member who applies and meets the scholarship criteria. The program is open to applicants who will be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis for a minimum of 12 credit hours. An applicant may be awarded only one NSBA Foundation Scholarship during their academic career


The National Snaffle Bit Association is committed to the humane and proper treatment of all animals. NSBA has developed and enforces strict rules to ensure humane treatment of all horses. NSBA supports the development of procedures that assure equity, fairness, safety, health and welfare for participants.


The Champion Fund provides unrestricted donations to be directed to specific programmatic needs at the discretion of the NSBA Foundation Board of Directors. It is designed to offset new program startup costs, administrative expenses or financial shortfalls in programmatic efforts that are currently not covered in special project status.