Carolyn Van Cise Fund for MI Youth

The Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2014 by Carolyn’s friends and family, to benefit young riders from Michigan.  

Carolyn was active in Michigan’s dressage community for many years as a trainer, instructor, judge, and mentor.  Dressage was her passion and she served as a role model for those she knew.  In addition to serving in many roles for the Midwest Dressage Association, including President, Carolyn was also very active in her community and church.  Carolyn passed away on March 31, 2014.

A Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Grant will be awarded annually to a Junior/Young Rider (21 or under as of December 1st of the current year) who is a current Michigan resident and best exemplifies the qualities that Carolyn found most important in life, including exhibiting the characteristics that demonstrate positive sportsmanship principles. Recipients of this grant will receive $500 which can be used to cover the recipient’s personal expenses associated with attending a specific educational dressage or eventing event of their choice.The event must occur between January 1st and December 31st of the year following the application deadline (i.e., an application submitted 10/15/16 must be for an event occurring between 1/1/16 and 12/31/17). Must be a U.S. Citizen, active GMO Member for at least 6 months before applying.

One annual $500 grant will be available at this time.  Applications are due on or before October 15th of each year.  A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision no later than December 15th.  


To view reports from riders who have recieved a Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Grant, please visit our Young Rider Archives page!


  • Please review the requirements and guidelines before applying for the Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Fund.