Sally Swift Fund for Centered Riding Clinics

Centered Riding® Grants Offered by The Dressage Foundation

The Sally Swift Memorial Fund has been created with donations to The Dressage Foundation from Sally's friends and supporters. This fund will provide grants up to $1,000 to non-profit equestrian groups located in the United States to host a Centered Riding® Clinic.

Grants will be awarded to the first qualified groups whose applications are approved by the joint Centered Riding® and The Dressage Foundation Selection Committee.

Non-profit groups can receive a Sally Swift Fund grant only once in any given calendar year. It is required that applications reach the Foundation Office at least 90 days in advance of your event. The intent of the grants are to help organizations hold a Centered Riding® clinic with the goal of breaking even. Grant money cannot be used for groups to make a profit on the funded event. Grant funds should only be used to support the educational part of the program and should not be used to purchase food, goodie bags, vests/t-shirts, etc.

Grants can be used for:

Open Clinic
  • Taught only by Centered Riding Level III and IV Instructors/Clinicians

  • Usually 2-3 days in length

  • Open to riders of all levels and disciplines

  • Usually includes both un-mounted awareness lessons and mounted lessons

Advanced Clinic
  • For riders who have extensive experience using Centered Riding techniques

  • Taught only by Centered Riding Level IV Instructors/Clinicians

  • Usually 2-3 days in length

  • Includes both un-mounted awareness lessons and mounted lessons

Instructors' Course
  • Taught only by Centered Riding IV Instructors/Clinicians

  • Limited to 12 student instructors

  • For riding instructors with at least one year of experience teaching riding who have ridden in at least one Open Centered Riding Clinic

  • Taught in two parts (clinic format) with 4-6 weeks between the parts

  • Student riders required for Part 2

Centered Riding Lectures and Demonstrations
  • An introduction to Centered Riding basics and techniques

  • Presented by Centered Riding II, III, and IV Instructors

  • Usually presented in lecture format

  • Usually includes participation in un-mounted awareness exercises

  • Every year, TDF receives numerous evaluations from groups that have hosted a clinic, symposium, or other dressage related educational events supported by a TDF grant. Countless times, the reviews are amazing, but there is one common complaint amongst the auditors and riders- hearing the instructor. We’ve gathered some information that we think can help you as you prepare your next event.