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TDF Awards Grants for the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program

The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $2,500 has been awarded to eight young professionals from the Captain Jack Fritz Young Professionals Fund. The grants will be used by the individuals to attend the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program held in Florida January 13-14, 2018.

Cameron Banks (FL),

Erin Bell Altman (TX),

Rachel Edwards (TX),

Emily Gill (OH),

Rebekah Mingari (IN),

Piper Newman (WA) - Photo Credit to Michelle Newman,

Victoria Retamoza (KY) - Photo Credit to Sharon Packer,

and Sarah Yawata (PA) - Photo Credit to Jennifer Kaiser

Each have been awarded a Grant 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 by providing funds for these grants,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’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.