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Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs

The goal of the Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund is to provide financial assistance to Adult Amateur riders who currently reside in USDF Region 9, to aid in their development in dressage.  

Amount of Grant: $1,000 

Application Deadline: March 1  

Evie Tumlin was an integral part of her Region 9 dressage and eventing community. Throughout her years of serving and helping others, she touched many lives and helped to raise several generations of young men and women who loved horses. This Fund was established in 2016 in memory of Evie by her friends and colleagues in Region 9.  

Applicant Requirements: 

Applicant must: 

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Be an Adult Amateur within the meaning of USEF Article GR1306 residing in USDF Region 9. 
  • Grant must be used for training/educational experiences that will further the applicant’s knowledge of dressage and are different from the applicant’s typical training plan. These educational experiences may include camps, clinics, riding lessons, etc.   
  • Applicant should have a history of volunteer work related to dressage and/or eventing. 
  • Additional consideration to riders who have participated in eventing. 

Additional Grant Information: 

  • Training or event funded by this grant can start no sooner than two months after the application deadline date.  
  • Funding cannot be used for competition entries, vet and/or farrier expenses, or the purchase of a horse or equipment.  
  • The recipients of these grants must use the funds within one year of the date of the award.  
  • Recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee comprised of long-time dressage enthusiasts from across USDF Region 9. The applications and discussions of the selection committee are confidential, and their decisions are final.  
  • The selection committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no candidate has met the criteria.   
  • If the grant recipient is unable to attend the event/training specified in their application, The Dressage Foundation must be notified as soon as possible. Approval for a change in the use of funds is at the discretion of The Dressage Foundation and the grant selection committee. 
  • This grant may not be received in consecutive years. 

Reporting Information: 

  • For all recipients, 75% of grant funds will be paid prior to the recipient’s departure for training; 25% will be paid after the applicant has completed training and has submitted a training and financial report to The Dressage Foundation. 
  • The recipients of the grants are required to provide a training and financial report of their experience to The Dressage Foundation. The reports may be written, video, photo journal, or in other ways pre-approved by The Dressage Foundation. The report is due within two months following the completion of the training. 
  • Throughout their training, recipients are encouraged to share training/event updates with The Dressage Foundation via email or tag The Dressage Foundation on social media.   

History of the Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs: 

Among her many accomplishments, Evie was the founder of the Mississippi Eventing and Dressage Association, named the 2010 Region 9 Horseperson of the Year, was a USDF L Program Graduate, received her USDF silver medal, and was a member of The Dressage Foundations’s Century Club. She was a much-loved instructor and trainer in Mississippi and even worked with the Oxford Mounted Police unit.