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Jane Savoie Adult Amateur Fund

Jane Savoie
Photo courtesy of Rhett Savoie

The Jane Savoie Adult Amateur Fund provides an annual grant to adult amateur riders of any age who are riding and training any breed of horse at Fourth Level or Prix St. Georges or Para Dressage FEI Intermediate A and B or above.  

Amount of Grant:  $5,000  

Application Deadline: April 10 

The Jane Savoie Adult Amateur Fund was established in 2022 in memory of Jane, whose dedication, commitment, intelligence, and passion for the classical art of dressage was her life-long work. This grant is intended to enable the recipient to achieve knowledge/training that otherwise would be financially out of reach. 

Applicant Requirements: 

Applicant must 

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.   
  • Be an Adult Amateur within the meaning of USEF Article GR1306. 
  • Apply with a horse currently training at Fourth Level or Prix St. Georges or Para Dressage FEI Intermediate A and B or above. 
  • Own or lease the horse they will use for training. The lease must be documented with USDF or USEF. 
  • Have a detailed and attainable training plan to pursue classical dressage training at Fourth Level or Prix St. Georges with a knowledgeable trainer. 
  • Be committed, dedicated, and have a strong work ethic. 
  • Show proficiency in horsemanship, including the care of the horse and the goal of maintaining a Happy Horse throughout the training process. 
  • Be committed to dressage education and represent characteristics that were important to Jane Savoie, 
  • Use the grant for training that would not otherwise be financially feasible. 

Additional Grant Information: 

  • Training 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 dressage industry leaders. 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.  
  • An individual can only receive a grant from this Fund once.  

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 Jane Savoie Adult Amateur Fund:   

The Fund was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Jane Savoie, in memory of her lifelong love of horses and career as a trainer, teacher, author, and motivational speaker.  Jane was known around the world for her dedication to the sport, her passionate help of amateur riders, and developing happy horses.