Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence

The Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2011 to help support breeding programs in the United States. The Fund provides financial assistance to breeders to pursue educational opportunities related to breeding that will advance their careers, promote sound breeding practices and further enhance the quality of U.S.-bred dressage horses.

Specifically, the Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence at The Dressage Foundation supports attendance at educational programs related to breeding, such as the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Program, a USDF Sport Horse Seminar, the American Hanoverian Society Breed Orientation Course, the Hannoveraner Verband’s Breed Orientation Course, or similar educational program.

No preference is given to programs focusing on a particular breed.  Preference is given to USDF members.

The maximum amount to be awarded will be $1,000 per year for programs held in the U.S. and up to $5,000 per year for programs held overseas.  The amount awarded will depend on the financial plan provided as part of the application.

It is required that complete application packets arrive in The Dressage Foundation's office on or before May 1st of each year.  Grant announcements will be made by August 1st.

To view past Elysium Farm Fund grant recipients, please view our Professional Archives page!

“My Farm is interested in setting up a named fund or scholarship.” Abbey Henderson, of Elysium Farm, had a passion and a vision. A  passion for U.S.-bred horses, a desire to see even greater success for the U.S. breeders and their dressage horses. She had a vision of doing something to help promote U.S. breeders, to help them further their education, to encourage them to pursue additional educational opportunities. And from that the Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence was born.

Abbey Henderson, who has ridden for most of her life, founded Elysium Farm LLC during the winter of 2010. “I wanted to do something to support breeders in the United States ever since I found my ‘perfect’ horse at a local Dutch Warmblood breeder. From that experience, I gained a better understanding of the challenges facing breeders in this country. I learned how serious many of them are about improving the quality of U.S.-bred horses,” said Henderson. The staff at Elysium Farm, located in Harvard, Massachusetts, prides itself on providing exceptional care and amenities to dressage horses and their owners and riders. It is their hope that this Fund will help breeders excel in their individual professional equine endeavors.