An Honor Student with a 4.11GPA, Muzzy is a 5-year IEA member currently riding on the Chestnut Hills IEA Team, coached by Shayne Wireman out of Bonsall, California (Hunt Seat Zone 10). Previously, she rode on the Bridges Equestrian IEA Team, coached by Ruthanna and Kendra Bridges out of San Juan Capistrano, California.
In addition to her IEA experience, Muzzy has an extensive resume of volunteer service including ministry work and animal sanctuary support as well as competition experience outside of IEA which has warranted her countless awards and titles on the national show circuit. She is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC), California Professional Horseman's Association (CPHA), and Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA). Muzzy has also won multiple IEA Sportsmanship Awards during regular seasons and has completed an impressive number of clinics and certifications during her young career.
"The best part of Zone 10 Finals was arriving early and working with members of other teams to prepare the horse stalls in the pouring rain so that when teams arrived, they could quickly get their horses situated and comfortable,” Muzzy explains. “Together, our team opened 180 bags of shavings and bedded 45 stalls. It was so much fun working together and getting to know more riders in our Zone. Horses have changed the way I live, the way I manage my time, and the person who I have become."
Family Partnership Charter School Academic Advisor, Shannon Horn stated “At FPCS, we work closely with our students and get to know them quite well, often working with our students for multiple years. So, when I say, Lily is a delight to work with, I mean it. She exudes friendliness and cares deeply about her friends and family, and her horses. She is bright and hardworking and pays attention to the details. Quite often when we meet virtually, Lily is literally zooming me on her phone via horseback, or in the car on her way to another horse show, or in-between events at said horse show. Sharing in her successes in doing something she is so passionate about, makes my day.”
Muzzy will receive a $500 cash scholarship from the IEA, a lifetime membership to the IEA and a nomination by the IEA to affiliates’ sportsmanship award programs.
“Good sportsmanship is a tenant in the IEA and this award is held to high regard. Choosing the National Sportsman from the pool of amazing candidates is always a difficult decision every year,” commented Roxane Durant, IEA Founder and Executive Director. “Lily is clearly committed to her equine community and we are thrilled to present her with this recognition.”
Read Lillian Muzzy’s full essay.