US Breeder Excellence Fund

The U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund was established at TDF 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 U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund at TDF supports attendance at educational programs related to breeding, such as:

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.
Complete applications must be submitted to TDF's office on or before May 1st of each year. Grant announcements will be made by August 1st.


“My Farm is interested in setting up a named fund or scholarship.” Abbey Henderson, then owner 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 U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund 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 from 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. "It is our hope that this Fund will help breeders excel in their individual professional equine endeavors." The Elysium Farm was sold in 2017, but the legacy of the U.S. Breeder Excellence Fund will live on in all grant recipients.