TDF's Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund
The purpose of the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund is to provide financial support for para-dressage riders, including Visually Impaired and Blind riders, to attend educational events such as clinics/seminars at the USEF/USPEA Para-Equestrian Centers of Excellence, lessons with a trainer of choice, or other educational opportunities that will enable the riders to improve and reach their goals. Funds should not be requested for competition.
Who Can Apply:
- U.S. Equestrian's Developing or Emerging para-dressage athletes. (Riders designated as Elite Athletes by U.S. Equestrian are not eligible.)
- Para-dressage riders who are dedicated to the sport but have not yet been named as a Developing or Emerging athlete (see US Equestrian for descriptions).
- Visually Impaired and Blind Riders:
- Grants are available for visually impaired and blind dressage riders whose best corrected vision falls within the range of legally blind to fully blind. A letter from a medical professional will be required.
- Those who have not yet been officially classified as para-dressage riders by USEF/USPEA are welcome to apply.
The amount of the grants can vary depending on the need and request of the applicants, but are typically $1,000 each. One or more grants will be available each year to qualified applicants, chosen by an independent selection committee.
The selection committee will take into consideration that the applicant:
- Is dedicated to the sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage
- Demonstrates qualities of horsemanship and sportsmanship
- Can be an ambassador for the sport
- Presents well-defined goals in the application with a clear plan to achieve goals
The selection committee will also take into account:
- Availability of other funding for chosen event/training
- Accessibility/availability of events in rider’s local area
- Training plan that is different than the rider’s typical routine and not readily available to him/her on a regular basis
- Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Funding must be used for the event/training specified in the grant application. Funds are not to be used for competition.
- An applicant may not receive the grant in consecutive years.
- The committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no candidate has met the criteria. Grant money would then be held in the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund for use in future years. The applications and discussions of the selection committee are confidential and their decisions are final.
- If the grant recipient is unable to attend the specified event/training, 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.
- The online application form and all required documents must be submitted to The Dressage Foundation on or before November 1st. A final decision will be announced by December 31st. The link to the online application form can be found in the right-hand sidebar (desktop computers) or by scrolling down (mobile).
- The grant must be used for an event that falls after December 31st of the year in which you apply. Recipients will have one year from the date of the award to use the grant funds.
About the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund:
Over the past several years, the sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage has grown and welcomed many new athletes. Throughout that time, TDF received requests for support from these riders and proudly announced in 2018 that the TDF Board of Directors developed the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund through a gift from the Lowell Boomer Family Charitable Remainder Unitrust. TDF will continue its fundraising efforts to ensure that grants for Para-Dressage riders are available perpetually.
If you’d like to join us in supporting the growth of Para-Dressage in the U.S, please donate today!