Karen Skvarla Fund for Young Professionals

Karen’s dad, John Skvarla, said, “Karen had a special quality that brought happiness to all who knew her. She had boundless love for her pony, Corky.”

The Karen Skvarla Fund was established at TDF in 2014 by her sister, Diane Skvarla. Karen was a budding equestrian when she passed away in 1968 at the age of 9-years-old. Her family created this Fund to honor Karen, her love of horses, and joy in riding.

The purpose of the Karen Skvarla Fund is to provide grants enabling young dressage professionals to pursue a variety of training or educational opportunities.  Grant applicants should be in the beginning stages of their dressage careers as instructors and/or trainers. The Karen Skvarla Fund especially looks for applicants who are eager to grow and improve and who are fair and respectful to both students and horses.

One annual grant of $500 - $750 will be available at this time. Applications are due on or before February 15th of each year. A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision no later than April 15th. Therefore, applicants should apply for training/educational events that fall after April 15th of the year in which they apply. Applicants must be US Citizens.