Ava Boyce-Bender Memorial Grant

 Ava and Valley Acres Who Dat (GN 2020)

The Ava Boyce-Bender Memorial Grant is being offered to all AMHA members under the age of 40 who desire to further their equine education, skills, or proficiency; and/or provide equine-related experiences and education that will further the grant recipient’s business endeavors.

The grant application period opens on May 13 each year in remembrance of Ava's birthday, and closes 90 days later on August 13 (or the following Monday if August 13 lands on a Saturday or Sunday) at 5:00 PM (Eastern time). 

Ava Boyce-Bender was a vibrant young woman who loved riding and driving Morgan horses. Ava was taken from us far too soon in a tragic automobile accident in 2021. Her loving family and many friends created this grant in her memory to assist other young equestrians to further their talents and careers. We celebrate Ava in the photographs below. 

To Apply

Applications must be accompanied by a complete proposal answering ALL questions listed on the application form including an itemized budget of the program/event. Grant awards (checks) may not be made payable to the individual, but to the clinician, institution, or business providing the services.

Inquiries about grant applications or the grant process are handled by email only.  Email execdir@morganhorse.com with any questions or comments.

Click below for the application. It is a fillable document. Please be sure to download and save your document so that your data is saved.


Deadline to apply for the 2024 Grant is Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM (Eastern). Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible.