Continuing Education Grants for Dressage Instructors

INDIVIDUALS may apply for grants ranging from $500 up to $1,500 to attend USDF Instructor Certification workshops, pre-certification, and/or testing.  Funding is available from The Dressage Foundation to provide up to six individual grants annually. 

The application deadlines are February 1st and July 1st, with final recipients selected and notified no later than April 1st and September 1st.  Applications must be received prior to attending the portion of the program for which money is requested, and grant money must be used within two years after the award date.  (Grants made from the February 1st deadline are for programs that fall after February 1st of the year in which you apply.  Grants made from the July 1st deadline are for programs that fall after July 1st of the year in which you apply.)

Following the workshop(s), recipients will be required to submit a summary of how this grant and/or workshop will help them further their career, along with a financial summary.  Grant money will be distributed once The Dressage Foundation receives these items.

  • (Individual Grant Application)


To view reports from Individuals who have recieved a Continuing Education Grant, please visit out Professional Archives page!


This grant program is being made possible with funding donated by Maryal and Charles Barnett (MI), who conducted some Estate Planning with The Dressage Foundation. Maryal is a long-time premier US Dressage Instructor, and The Dressage Foundation is pleased and honored that she has arranged to “give back” to her beloved sport in this special way.

Maryal states, "The future of dressage and the welfare of our horses is dependent on the quality of education that our professionals obtain. There were people in my life such as Violet Hopkins and Lowell Boomer who were instrumental in making education possible for me, and many others through their generosity and foresight. Lowell Boomer, along with many others, saw the importance of education; and they founded the United States Dressage Federation to unite and educate Dressage enthusiasts. Violet Hopkins gave her farm, time and wisdom each Summer to make the Vi Hopkins Seminar for Dressage Instructors possible for those of us hungering for more knowledge. Now, it is my desire to give back to the sport that has given me such a rewarding and happy life. That is why I want to help to make it possible for other present and future dressage instructors/trainers to be able to obtain quality education through The Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Grants."

Maryal and Charles Barnett’s fund is administered at The Dressage Foundation.

L:This photograph was taken on May 17, 2007, at The Dressage Foundation's headquarters office in Lincoln, Nebraska, prior to the "trailing" of the horse to Lexington, Kentucky, where it will be "stabled" permanently in the USDF Hall of Fame. Lowell Boomer, then 95 years of age, humbly expressed his pride for this high honor.

R: Maryal Barnett (MI) and Lowell Boomer (NE) stand beside the carved horse head Maryal has donated to the United States Dressage Federation, through The Dressage Foundation. This donation honors the 81 founding organizers who met in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1973 to form and organize USDF. Her gift also permanently remembers Lowell Boomer, who devoted so many years of hard work in transforming the founding group's dream into action.