Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund
Established by Renee Isler, this fund was originally created to help applicants to the "USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series," who are in need of financial assistance in order to attend, if qualified and accepted by USDF. Renee's Fund has authorized nine annual grants of up to $800 each, one for each Clinic in each of the nine USDF Regions.
While the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund continues to meet this need, it has also grown in scope and funding available. Funding is available for a variety of uses for young riders and professionals.
If you could use a financial boost to attend a clinic, participate in a once-in-a-lifetime event, or pursue upper level training, and you have a great work ethic, are well-respected, and have a track record of volunteerism, this fund can help!
Renee knows what it takes to succeed, she wants to help others reach their goals, and continue to “pay it forward.” If you receive a grant from the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund, what are your ideas about how to give back and make more funds available for the next applicant? For ideas, read "Giving Back" by Catherine Chamberlain, an Isler Fund Grant recipient.
Please submit your application, and supporting materials as outlined, to The Dressage Foundation. The Selection Committee will review all applications as they are received. Applications are due at least 30 days in advance of the event, clinic, etc. Individual applicants are eligible to receive up to one grant per year if the funding is $4,000 or greater. Applicants could receive two grants per year if the funding is less than $2,000 per request.
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Application Procedure for a Scholarship to Attend the USDF Jr/YR Clinics:
Junior/Young Riders must first go the the USDF website. Follow the application instructions, and apply to USDF, the organizer and administrator of the USDF FEI Jr/YR Clinic Series program. If genuine financial assistance is needed, USDF will direct you to The Dressage Foundation to explore your eligibility for one of the Renee Isler grants. The Dressage Foundation will verify financial need with the Jr/YR applicant family, and render a decision promptly.
"The Dressage Foundation has provided a sizeable annual grant to USDF to help make these Clinics possible," said John Boomer, past President and CEO of The Dressage Foundation. "And, now, Renee Isler steps forward with additional funding to support those Junior/Young Riders who need some financial help in order to participate. We are proud and thankful to Renee for putting her funds in place for such a good cause," Boomer added.
Application Procedure for a General Scholarship from the Isler Fund:
Please see the link to the application, located on the right-hand sidebar of this page. Applications are due at least 30 days prior to the event, clinic, etc.
Past Recipients of a Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund Grant:
See application instructions below.