Sally Swift Memorial Fund for Centered Riding® Clinics
The purpose of Sally Swift Memorial Fund for Centered Riding® is to provide financial support for Centered Riding® clinics.
- Applications are accepted from non-profit organizations located in the United States to hold a Centered Riding® clinic.
- Applications must be received by The Dressage Foundation at least 90 days before the planned event.
- Grants should only be used to support the educational part of the program and should not be used to purchase food, goodie bags, vests/t-shirts, etc.
- Grants may not be used for the organizer to make a profit and will only be provided to the break-even point for selected events. Excess income should be returned to The Dressage Foundation, to be put back into the Fund.
- The amount of the grants can vary depending on the need and request of the applicants, but typically range from $500 - $1,000.
- Organizers/groups can receive a grant only one time per calendar year.
- If the grant recipient is unable to hold the program specified in the 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 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.
- Not all events that apply for funding are guaranteed to receive a grant.
The application link is found in the right-hand sidebar (desktop computers) or by scrolling down (mobile).
Grants will support the following:
Taught only by Centered Riding Level III and IV Instructors/Clinicians
Usually 2-3 days in length
Open to riders of all levels and disciplines
Usually includes both un-mounted awareness lessons and mounted lessons
For riders who have extensive experience using Centered Riding techniques
Taught only by Centered Riding Level IV Instructors/Clinicians
Usually 2-3 days in length
Includes both un-mounted awareness lessons and mounted lessons
Taught only by Centered Riding IV Instructors/Clinicians
Limited to 12 student instructors
For riding instructors with at least one year of experience teaching riding who have ridden in at least one Open Centered Riding Clinic
Taught in two parts (clinic format) with 4-6 weeks between the parts
Student riders required for Part 2
Centered Riding Lectures and Demonstrations
An introduction to Centered Riding basics and techniques
Presented by Centered Riding II, III, and IV Instructors
Usually presented in lecture format
Usually includes participation in un-mounted awareness exercises
About The Sally Swift Memorial Fund
The Sally Swift Memorial Fund has been created with donations to TDF from Sally's friends and supporters. This fund will provide grants up to $1,000 to non-profit equestrian groups located in the United States to host a Centered Riding® Clinic.