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TDF's Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Awards $9,000 to Adult Amateurs

The Dressage Foundation is proud to announce this year's recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. Each will receive a $1,000 Scholarship to enable them to set aside quality time in concentrated training with their horse, trainer of choice, and away from the daily pressures of job and family.

"Thanks to the generosity of Carol Lavell, her family, and friends, we are pleased to provide this financial support to adult amateurs who not only make time to further their dressage education, but who are tremendous volunteers for their dressage clubs," said Jenny Johnson, Executive Director of The Dressage Foundation. “Without the effort of volunteers such as these, dressage would not be alive and well in communities across the country. They certainly deserve to have some time away to concentrate on their riding!”

Up to eleven $1,000 grants are available each year - one per United States Dressage Federation Region and two wild card grants that can be awarded in any Region. The following Adult Amateurs were chosen as recipients from their respective USDF Regions to receive grants for training in the 2016 calendar year.


USDF Region 1 – Christine Dickenson (PA) and her Oldenburg, Qhuo Vadis, will train with Pierre St. Jacques. Christine is a member of Lehigh Valley Dressage Association. Photo by Terry Wetzel- Wetzel Equestrian Photography.

Christine Dickenson 2 credit Terry Wetzel-Wetzel Equestrian Photography


USDF Region 1 – Emily Hadden Morris (PA) and her American Hanoverian, Poseidon HF, will train with Phoebe DeVoe Moore. Emily is a member of Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association.

Emily Hadden Morris with Poseidon HF


USDF Region 2 – Lindsey Saad (WV) and her Hanoverian/TB, Gadget, will train with Kristin Stein. Lindsey is a member of Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association. Photo by Pics of You.

Lindsey Saad 2 - credit Pics of You


USDF Region 3 – Joanna Simonton (FL) and her Thoroughbred, Andiamo, will train with Greta Wrigley. Joanna is a member of STRIDE.

Johanna Simonton


USDF Region 4 – Jean Rude (IA) and her Oldenburg, Hot-Royal Hit, will train with Patti Becker. Jean is a member of Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association. Photo credit to John Borys.

Jean Rude credit John Borys


USDF Region 5 – Dian Seabury (AZ) and her Andalusian, Calisto, will train with Shelley Lawder. Dian is a member of Tucson Dressage Club.

Dian Seabury


USDF Region 7 – Laurie Daniel-Smith (CA) and her Irish Draught Sport Horse, Keela, will train with Julie Thomas. Laurie is a member of California Dressage Society. Photo credit to Alan Jarvis Photography.

Laurie Daniel Smith 3 credit Alan Jarvis Photography


USDF Region 9 – Cecilia Cox (TX) and her American Warmblood, Winnie Too, will train with Whit Watkins. Cecilia is a member of Alamo Dressage Association and Houston Dressage Society. Photo credit Mikala Gundersen.

Cecilia Cox with Winnie Too and Janne Rumbough credit Mikala Gundersen


USDF Region 9 – Carrie Chaffin (TX) and her Holsteiner, Rijkens, will train with Lyndon Rife. Carrie is a member of Houston Dressage Society.

Carrie Chaffin