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Grants for Dressage Instructors

  • The Amanda Johnson Freestyle Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2020 by Amanda‚Äôs family and friends, in memory of her dedication to the sport of dressage. The goal of this Fund is to provide an annual grant of up to $2,000 to a young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 to pay for the costs of creating a professionally prepared musical freestyle for competition. Applicants must be current residents of USDF Region 2 or USDF Region 4.

  • Grants of $3,000 - $5,000 are available for instructors age 25-35 who have an established business, to obtain training and education as a rider and instructor.

  • The purpose of the Karen Skvarla Fund is to provide two $1,500 grants to enable emerging dressage professionals to pursue a variety of training or educational opportunities. Grant applicants should be in the beginning stages of their dressage careers as instructors and/or trainers. The Karen Skvarla Fund especially looks for applicants who are eager to grow and improve and who are fair and respectful to both students and horses.

  • The Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund was established in 2019 by Lynn in celebration of her 50 years as a professional equestrian and to give back to the sport she loves. Lynn believes that the classical training principles of dressage are applicable and beneficial to all levels of riders, breeds of horses, and riding disciplines. Grants in the amount of $1,000 each are available for riders who need financial help to continue their Western Dressage education.

  • The Dressage Foundation is pleased to offer funding to instructors in memory of Major Anders Lindgren. Three $4,000 grants are available each year for dressage instructors to train for an extended period of time away from home.

  • This is for the education of all who instruct or train. Founded by Maryal and Charles Barnett, the program offers grants ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 to individuals to attend the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program.

  • This $5,000 award will recognize and honor excellence in the teaching of Dressage, to a USDF Region 9 Dressage Instructor. The Dressage Foundation administers this annual award.

  • The goal of this annual $5,000 grant is to provide funding for recipients to work with their dressage mentors to improve their equestrian skills and/or to receive business, leadership, or coaching education. These training opportunities should help riders develop skills that will enable them to become more well-rounded and successful professionals.

  • This fund will provide an annual $1,000 grant to a current or graduate rider with a Pony Club Rating of A, B, or C rating to attend an educational event of his/her choice. Preference will be given to riders with an A or B rating.

  • This Fund will provide an annual grant of up to $2,500 to a professional instructor from USDF Regions 1, 3, or 8 for continuing education and training. Because Verne was known as an instructor who established positive, long-term relationships with his students, applicants should apply for funding to work with a trainer with whom they have an established relationship.