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Debbie McDonald Fund

In 2019, the Debbie McDonald Grant Fund was established by Pacific Northwest dressage enthusiasts to assist riders in the Region to pursue their goals of representing Team USA on the podium. Debbie McDonald, through her compassionate and effective training methods, has had a significant and positive impact on dressage training in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States.

The goal of the grant was to recognize Debbie’s unique contributions to the sport of dressage while enhancing the skill and effectiveness of the Pacific Northwest dressage community.

Three $10,000 grants were awarded to support developmental goals of Pacific Northwest FEI Riders, including those who were members of the USEF Dressage Development Program; for travel to the USEF National Championships, NAYC, or U.S. CDIs; or for other educational, training, and/or showing opportunities that furthered the development of the horse/rider pair.

Grant recipients were:

  • 2019 - Jennifer Williams
  • 2020 - Stephen Birchall
  • 2021 - Claire Darnell

Stay tuned for details about future Debbie McDonald Fund grants!