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Carolyn Van Cise Fund for Michigan Youth

The Carolyn Van Cise Fund for Michigan Youth was established at TDF in 2014 by Carolyn’s friends and family, to benefit youth and young adult 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 youth or young adult rider (25 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 March 1st of the year in which the application is submitted and the end of March the following year (i.e., an application submitted 2/10/17 must be for an event occurring between 3/1/17 and 3/31/18). Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and 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 February 10th of each year. A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision in March.  


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