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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.

General Requirements: 

  • Applications are accepted from non-profit organizations 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. 

Grant Amount: 

  • 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. 

Additional Information:

  • 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:

Open Clinic
  • 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

Advanced Clinic
  • 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

Instructors' Course
  • 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.