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Five Young Professionals Receive $500 Captain Jack Fritz Grants to Attend USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program

January 9, 2014 - The Dressage Foundation has announced that five young professionals will each receive a $500 Captain Jack Fritz Young Professional Grant to attend the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program on January 18-19, 2014. The Captain Jack Fritz Grants are funded through The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund.

Holly Bergay (CA), Emily Brollier (KY), Sydni Ottesen (UT), Laura Ovaitt (KY), and Mimi Stanley (ND) have each been awarded $500 to attend the Young Rider Graduate Program because they demonstrated financial need and dedication to dressage in their applications.

“Carol Lavell had a wonderful mentor in Captain Jack Fritz, and she wanted to honor his memory in this way,” said Jenny Johnson, The Dressage Foundation’s Executive Director. “We, in turn, are proud to offer this financial support to deserving young professionals. Their development is vital to the future success of dressage in the United States.”

Additionally, The Dressage Foundation provided a $15,000 grant directly to USDF for the Young Rider Graduate Program, in order to help keep the costs reasonable for all attendees.

For more information, visit the Captain Jack Fritz Grants page or contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or

Holly Bergayt
Holly Bergay (CA) credit JM Photography

Emily Brollier
Emily Brollier (KY) credit Allison Wolff

Sydni Ottesen
Sydni Ottesen (UT) credit Impulsion Images

Laura Ovaittt
Laura Ovaitt (KY) credit Suzanne Fischer

Mimi Stanley (ND) credit Bob Tarr