Michael Poulin Dressage Fund
Friends, students and supporters of Michael Poulin established the fund at TDF in 2003. The purpose of this fund is to provide funding support for programs and projects that enhance the quality of dressage in the United States, through any and all of its component disciplines - riding, competing, training, instructing and judging.
TDF seeks grant applications that contain bold, creative, innovative ideas for the improvement and strengthening of dressage. TDF encourages collaborative efforts, where one or more equestrian organizations might pool their financial resources with a grant from the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund to accomplish new, big, important results in dressage. Individual and non-profit organization applications for programs and projects that will enhance the quality of dressage in the United States will be accepted. The Selection Committee prefers applications for programs that will provide education and training for a group, rather than an individual effort.
Poulin Fund applications must be received in our office at least 90 days prior to the event. No exceptions will be made.
An independent Selection Committee will review the applications and make selections based on published criteria and guidelines. The committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no application has met the criteria. The applications and discussions of the selection committee are confidential and their decisions are final.
For educational events that are selected to receive a grant, 75% of the grant will be sent one month prior to the event, with the final 25% sent after an evaluation form and final budget is received by TDF.
Educational event grants are to be used to reach the break-even point, and not to make a profit. If the grant is not needed to break even on the event, the grant must be returned to the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund at TDF. Not all events that apply for funding are guaranteed to receive a grant.
About Michael Poulin
In addition to serving on TDF's Board of Directors, Michael has also been a long-time member of the Board of Directors and Dressage Committee of the USEF. He was instrumental in the founding of the USDF Instructor Certification Program. Through TDF, Michael also originated the "Advanced Young Rider Olympic Dream Program," now known as the International Dream Program. Michael is a founder of the North American Dressage Trainers Association and is also a member of the International Dressage Trainers Club and the Classical Dressage Riders Association. He travel nationally and internationally as an FEI "I" rated dressage judge and dressage coach.