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$25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize

Carol Lavell and Gifted -
Photo Courtesy of Bob Langrish

The Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize was initially funded by Carol Lavell, her friends and family, in special remembrance of her mother, May Cadwgan, and in honor of her father, Gordon Cadwgan. Up to two prizes will be available annually in the amount of $25,000 each, to riders who are US citizens, over 21 years of age, and are selected by a distinguished national panel of Dressage leaders. Selection criteria are merit and need.

Carol Lavell has achieved high marks in all phases of dressage – an Olympian, rider, competitor, trainer, teacher, judge – and with her legendary horse, Gifted, brought pride and honor to our country through her performance on the 1992 United States Olympic Team. Carol Lavell knows first hand of the work, sacrifice and struggle necessary to make it to the top of the dressage world. Through the creation of this $25,000 annual Prize, she wants to help other deserving riders who aspire to climb this high performance mountain.

Additional Grant Information:

  • Funding cannot be used for purchase of a horse or equipment. 
  • An individual can receive a grant from this Fund more than one time.
  • 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.
  • If the grant recipient is unable to participate in the training specified in his/her 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.

Applications must be received by our office on or before August 31st of each year to be considered. No late applications will be accepted. 
The application link can be found in the right-hand sidebar (desktop computers) or by scrolling down (mobile).


2020 Special Note -- We realize that, due to COVID-19, it may be difficult to make concrete training and competition plans for 2021.  Please submit a plan as best you can, knowing that we understand that your plan may change based on Directed Health Measures.

Past Recipients
2009: Jan Brons 
2010: Courtney King-Dye
2011: Shawna Harding
2012: Heather Mason
2013: Adrienne Lyle and Sharon McCusker
2014: Brian Hafner and Kathleen Raine
2015: Olivia LaGoy-Weltz
2016: Laura Graves
2017: Sabine Schut-Kery
2018: Alyssa Pitts and Sabine Schut-Kery
2019: Lehua Custer