Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize

Carol Lavell and Gifted -
Photo Courtesy of Bob Langrish

The Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize was initially funded by Carol Lavell, her friends and family, in special remembrance of her mother, May Cadwgan, and in honor of her father, Gordon Cadwgan.

Up to two prizes will be available annually in the amount of $25,000 each, to riders who are US citizens, over 21 years of age, and are selected by a distinguished national panel of Dressage leaders. Selection criteria are merit and need.

Carol Lavell has achieved high marks in all phases of Dressage – an Olympian, rider, competitor, trainer, teacher, judge – and with her legendary horse, Gifted, brought pride and honor to our country through her performance on the 1992 United States Olympic Team. Carol Lavell knows first hand of the work, sacrifice and struggle necessary to make it to the top of the Dressage world. Through the creation of this $25,000 annual Prize, she wants to help other deserving riders who aspire to climb this high performance mountain.

Applications must be in our office by December 13th of each year to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.


Prize Recipients

  • Laura Graves was awarded the 2016 $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize.

  • Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (VA) received the 2015 $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize.

  • Brian Hafner (CA) and Kathleen Raine (CA) were awarded the 2014 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prizes.

  • Adrienne Lyle (ID) and Sharon McCusker (MA) each received a Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize in 2013.

  • Heather Mason (NJ) received the 2012 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize and will use the funds to train with Lars Peterson and Alfredo Hernandez.

  • Shawna Harding (SC) was awarded the 2011 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize. Shawna trained and competed in Europe during the summer of 2011.

  • 2010

    2010

    Courtney Dye (CT) was awarded the 2010 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize.
    The Dressage Foundation wishes Courtney well in her recovery!

  • Jan Brons (FL) was awarded the first annual Prize in 2009 and used the $25,00 Prize to train in Holland with Anky van Grunsven.