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Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges' Licensing

In 2016, the Shannon Foundation Board of Directors, at the request of dressage professional Julie Shannon (GA), established the Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges’ Licensing with TDF. As a successful instructor and trainer, Julie saw the need to help dressage judges who are interested in moving up the levels, in order to create a strong pipeline of judges in the United States.


The purpose of the Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges’ Licensing is to provide financial support to dressage judges to participate in activities related to obtaining a judging license of “recorded” (‘small r’) or higher. 

The amount of the grants can vary depending on the need and request of the applicants but are at least $1,000. One or more grants will be available each year to qualified applicants, chosen by an independent selection committee.

Additional Grant Information:

  1. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  1. Funding cannot be used for competition entries, vet and/or farrier expenses, or the purchase of a horse or equipment. Funding must be used for the event/training specified in the grant application.
  1. An applicant may not receive the grant in consecutive years.
  1. The committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no candidate has met the criteria. Funds would then be held until the following year. The applications and discussions of the selection committee are confidential and their decisions are final.
  1. If the grant recipient is unable to attend the specified event/training, TDF must be notified as soon as possible. Approval for a change in the use of funds is at the discretion of TDF and the grant selection committee.
  1. The online application form and all required documents must be submitted to TDF on or before March 15th of each year. A final decision will be announced by May 1st
  1. The grant must be used for an event that falls after May 1st of the year in which you apply.