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TDF Awards Grants to Adult Amateur and Youth Rider for Study at Spanish Riding School's Heldenberg Training Center

TDF Awards Grants to Adult Amateur and Youth Rider for Study at Spanish Riding School's Heldenberg Training Center

L: Anne Zahradnik on Leila WF, owned by Jessica Riley, photo by WhoTookThat.net, R: Kailey Jones

The Dressage Foundation has announced that Adult Amateur Anne Zahradnik (NY) and Youth Rider Kailey Jones (WA) are recipients of TDF’s 2016 Heldenberg Training Center Fund grants. Anne and Kailey will each receive $2,200 to attend educational courses at the Spanish Riding School’s Training Center in Heldenberg, Austria.

Ralph and Freddie Dreitzler established the Heldenberg Training Center Fund in memory of E.L. Dreitzler, in conjunction with Andreas Hausberger, Chief Rider at the Spanish Riding School and Director of the Training Center in Heldenberg. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to North American, non-professional riders to participate in educational sessions and training in Heldenberg.

Anne and Kailey plan to attend a 5-day Theoretical Course at Heldenberg, which will include instruction about the proper seat, correct aids, lunge work, training stages of the horse and rider, and the history of the Spanish Riding School.

"I’m simply thrilled to be selected for this program,” Anne shared. “As so many breed and discipline organizations dwindle in membership, dressage remains strong because TDF supports programs specifically for adult amateurs. Adult amateurs are the membership and financial foundation for every horse sport. It’s wonderful that TDF recognizes our unique contributions and supports our development.”

Kailey said, “I'm so grateful that the Dreitzler Family and The Dressage Foundation selected me for this grant. This is an incredible opportunity, and I can't wait to attend the Spanish Riding School’s Theoretical Seminar to learn many valuable things that will better me in my riding career.”

“It is our hope that many people will benefit from this scholarship opportunity and the wonderful training opportunity that is being presented by the SRS with opening its doors to outside students to study with the Riders of the SRS,” said Ralph Dreitzler. “We also welcome any donations that are made to further advance this scholarship program from other dressage enthusiasts.”