The Dressage Foundation’s Michael Poulin Dressage Fund recently awarded a $1,000 grant for a clinic to be held this fall in rural Nevada.
“We live in a unique rural gold mine town, and Western riding is the dominant equestrian sport here,” said Jane Ward, who is organizing the dressage clinic. “Due to our town being so remote, travel becomes expensive for dressage riders to attend educational events. The better option is to bring in clinicians for events such as this. Our goals are to receive good, quality instruction and to provide the younger generation in our community the opportunity to experience dressage.”
The clinic will be held October 17-18, 2015 in Elko, Nevada with clinician, Ernst Herrmann of Once Upon a Horse in Eagle, Idaho. The organizers expect that riders and auditors from various equestrian disciplines will attend, with special focus on attracting youth riders, like those from the local Gambel Oaks Pony Club.
“The Michael Poulin Dressage Fund grant provides the chance for us to open the door to dressage for riders in our area,” said Ms. Ward. “Dressage provides a foundation for all disciplines, even for the local cattle ranchers. We are honored to receive this grant!”
The Michael Poulin Dressage Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2003 by Michael's friends, family, and admirers. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for programs and projects that enhance the quality of dressage in the U.S., through any and all of its component disciplines - riding, competing, training, instructing, and judging.