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Grants for Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders

  • 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. The amount of the grants can vary depending on the need and request of the applicants, but are typically $1,000 each.

  • The goal of the Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund is to provide financial assistance to youth and young adult riders (age 25 and under) to aid in their development in dressage. Grants awarded will typically be $1,000, to be used for educational experiences that are not within the horse and rider’s typical training plan.

  • Seeded with donations received in special remembrance of Carol's great Dressage horse, Gifted. Many other friends of The Dressage Foundation have added donations and the Grant Fund has grown steadily over the years. This grant enables Adult Amateurs to set aside quality time, in concentrated training away from the daily pressures of job and family, with a horse the recipient owns or formally leases. Up to nine $1,500 grants are available each year (one in each USDF Region), plus two additional $1,500 wild card grants (which can be awarded in any Region).

  • The Jane Savoie Adult Amateur Fund was established in memory of Jane, whose dedication, commitment, intelligence, and passion for the classical art of dressage was her life-long work. Annual grants will be given to adult amateur riders of any age who are riding and training any breed of horse at Fourth Level or Prix St. Georges or Para Dressage FEI Intermediate A and B or above. The amount of the grants can vary depending on the needs and requests of the applicants but will typically range from $2,500 to $5,000. 

  • The Military Grant Fund was established in 2022 by Colonel David and Sue Bender of Beech Island, South Carolina. Through their generous gift, the Benders wish to recognize the contributions of military members and dependents to our country and sport. Grants in the amount of $1,000 each are available for amateur or youth riders, to include para-dressage riders, who need financial help to continue their dressage education.