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TDF Announces Clara Etzel as Recipient of the Karen Skvarla Fund Grant for Young Professionals

TDF Announces Clara Etzel as Recipient of the  Karen Skvarla Fund Grant for Young Professionals

The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2017 Karen Skvarla Fund Grant has been awarded to young professional Clara Etzel of Ann Arbor, MI. Clara intends to use the $750 grant to ride in a clinic with Janet Foy in May.

Clara operates her business out of Hidden Creek Farm in Saline, MI, and travels to local barns to teach lessons and train horses. Clara has been a professional since 2010 and has completed the USDF Young Rider Graduate Program and is an ‘L’ Graduate with Distinction. “The Karen Skvarla Fund Grant makes it possible for me to attend a clinic with Janet Foy, who was one of my USDF ‘L’ Program Faculty. I am thrilled to ride with Janet and have the opportunity to absorb the rare perspective she possesses through her experiences as a trainer and highly-credentialed judge. I have been looking forward to participating in this event for a long time, and thank TDF and the Skvarla Fund for facilitating this experience for me," Clara said.

The purpose of the Karen Skvarla Fund is to provide grants enabling young dressage professionals to pursue training or educational opportunities. Grant applicants should be in the beginning stages of their dressage careers as instructors and/or trainers. The Karen Skvarla Fund Grant selection committee will especially look for applicants who are eager to grow and improve, and who are fair and respectful to both students and horses.

The Karen Skvarla Grant is awarded annually, with applications due on or before February 15th of each year. A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision no later than April 15th. The application can be found at under the Grants and Programs section, “Apply for a Grant.”

For more information about the Karen Skvarla Fund or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585, by email at, or visit