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Alphabetical Index of The Dressage Foundation’s Grants, Scholarships, and Programs

Listed below are brief descriptions of the grants, scholarships, and programs currently offered by The Dressage Foundation. Use the following codes to quickly determine which grants might be the best fit for you!

Key:    

  • AA – Adult Amateur                              
  • INST - Instructor
  • BR – Breeder  
  • JUDG - Judge
  • CC – Century Club
  • PC – Pony Club
  • EE – Educational Event
  • YR – Young rider
  • HP – High Performance
  • TD - Technical Delegate
  • SM - Show Management

If you need guidance to determine grants that are suitable for you or your group, please contact The Dressage Foundation at (402) 434-8585 or info@dressagefoundation.org.

Anne Barlow Ramsay $25,000 Grant One annual Grant of $25,000 is awarded to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by United States citizens, by providing funds to train and compete in Europe.

The next Grant will be awarded in 2018.
HP
Captain John H. "Jack" Fritz Young Professionals Grants Grants of up to $500 each are available to individual participants to attend the USDF Young Rider Graduate Program.

Application deadline – December 1st
YR
Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Offers up to eleven $1,000 scholarships per year – one for each USDF Region plus two wild card scholarships. The scholarships enable adult amateurs to set aside quality time, in concentrated training, away from the daily pressures of job and family with a horse the recipient owns or formally leases.

Application deadline –September 15th
AA
Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize Two $25,000 Prizes are available each year, to provide financial assistance for coaching and training to a talented, committed, qualified rider whose plan is to reach and excel at the elite, international standards of high performance dressage.

Application deadline – December 13th
HP
Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Fund This fund provides one annual grant of $500 to Young Riders in Michigan for attending a specific dressage or eventing educational event.

Application deadline – February 10th
YR
PC
Century Club Recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a dressage test of any level, at a dressage show or event, and are scored by a dressage judge or a professional. The Foundation presents each team with a Century Club plaque and ribbon.

Applications should be sent at least a month prior to the Century Club ride.
CC
Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Grant Provides grants of up to $1,500 for individuals in pursuit of USDF Instructor Certification.

Application deadlines – February 1st or July 1st
INST
Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Grant Provides grants of up to $1,000 for groups in pursuit of USDF Instructor Certification programs.

Application deadlines – At least 90 days before the program.
EE
Cynthia Aspden Youth Development Fund The goal of the Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Rider Development Fund is to provide financial assistance to youth and young adult riders (age 25 and under) to aid in their development in dressage. Grants will typically range in the amount of $250 - $1,000.

Application deadline – September 1st
YR
Dancing Horse Fund Grants are awarded to promote participation in, and improve the quality of, musical freestyle at all levels of dressage. Any non-profit equestrian group may apply for a grant from this fund, up to one time per calendar year. Funding may be used for an educational clinic/seminar or for sound system equipment.

Application deadline – at least 90 days prior to the event
EE
PC
Edgar Hotz Judges Fund Provides financial support to USDF Group Member Organizations for "Continuing Education for Judges and USDF 'L' Program Graduates." Up to $800 per USDF Region is available each year.
Application information is available from USDF, www.usdf.org.
EE
Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence This fund provides financial assistance to U.S. 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.

Application deadline – May 1st
BR
Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs Grants will be used for educational experiences that will further the applicant’s knowledge of dressage and are in addition to the applicant’s typical training plan. These events may include camps, clinics, riding lessons, etc.

Application deadline – March 1st
AA
Heldenberg Training Center Fund in Memory of E.L. Dreitzler This fund provides financial assistance to North American, non-professional riders to attend the Spanish Riding School's Training Center in Heldenberg and take part in educational sessions.

Application deadline – June 1st
AA
YR
Karen Skvarla Fund The purpose of this fund is to provide grants enabling young dressage professionals to pursue a variety of training or educational opportunities. One annual grant of $500 - $750 will be available at this time.

Application deadline – February 15th
INST
YR
Lloyd Landkamer Show Management Development Fund The purpose of this fund is to provide grants to individuals who wish to advance their show management levels. Once the Lloyd Landkamer Show Management Development Fund is seeded with initial donations, grants will be made available to individuals who are seeking assistance for their growth and development as dressage show managers.

Application deadline – March 1st
SM
Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship Each year, two $2,000 scholarships and one $6,000 scholarship will be available for dressage instructors to train for an extended period of time in the United States.

Application deadline – September 30th
INST
Michael Poulin Dressage Fund The purpose of this Fund is to provide funding support for programs and projects that enhance the quality of dressage in the United States, through any and all of its component disciplines - riding, competing, training, instructing, and judging. Grant applications are accepted from individuals or non-profit groups.

Application deadline – June 1st
AA
BR
EE
HP
INST
JUDG
YR
PC
Oregon Dressage Society Linda S. Acheson Fund The goal of the ODS Linda S. Acheson Fund is to provide grants to ODS, ODS Chapters, and ODS Committees that are organizing educational events which will benefit the Oregon dressage community and help further the mission of the Oregon Dressage Society.

Application deadline – September 15 - November 15th
EE
Patsy Albers Award Fund The Patsy Albers Award will be presented to the highest placing dressage rider (Intermediare I or Grand Prix) at the United States Equestrian Federation High Performance Championships, who was also a rider competing for the United States at a North American Junior/Young Rider Championship. HP
Sally Swift Memorial Fund Provides grants up to $1,000 to any non-profit equestrian group that is hosting a Centered Riding® Clinic.

Application deadline – at least 90 days prior to the event.
EE
PC
Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges’ Licensing Grants between $500-$2,500 are available to provide financial support to dressage judges to participate in activities related to obtaining a judging license of “recorded” (‘small r’) or higher.

Application deadline – March 15th
JUDG
Trip Harting Fund Provides $500 in funding assistance to a current or graduate Pony Club member to attend the USDF 'L' Education Program or the USDF Instructor Certification Program.

Application deadline – March 25th
INST
JUDG
PC
YR
USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series The Dressage Foundation provides a grant of up to $10,000 each year to USDF to hold these clinics across the country. YR
USDF/USDF Young Rider Graduate Program The Dressage Foundation provides up to $15,000 directly to USDF for this educational seminar. YR
USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award This $5,000 award will recognize and honor excellence in the teaching of dressage, to a USDF Region 9 Instructor.

Nomination period – October 1st - June 1st. Application deadline – August 1st.
INST
Veronica Holt Dressage Technical Delegate Fund Provides financial assistance to a USEF Dressage Technical Delegate who has been approved by the USEF Licensed Official Committee to gain promotion from ‘r’ (Recorded) to ‘R’ (Registered). The grant will initially be $500, to be used by the recipient to pay for costs associated with completing apprenticeship requirements at competitions.

Application deadline – July 1st
TD
Violet M. Hopkins Fund Provides financial assistance to USDF Group Member Organizations to conduct educational clinics and seminars for dressage riders at all levels. A GMO may apply for one grant of up to $2,000 per calendar year.

Application deadline – at least 90 days prior to the event
EE
Young Rider International Dream Program Four top young American dressage riders travel to Europe for a two-week introduction to European dressage. The young riders and chaperones visit the training facilities of world-class dressage professionals, attend top European shows, and are immersed in dressage theory.

Application deadline – April 13, 2018
YR