The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to announce that Lynn Palm has established a new Grant Fund in celebration of her 50 years as a professional equestrian and to give back to the sport she loves. Lynn believes that the classical training principles of dressage are applicable and beneficial to all levels of riders, breeds of horses and riding disciplines.
Grants from the Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund will provide financial support for Western Dressage educational events such as clinics, camps and symposia, with clinicians of choice.
“My goal for this Fund is for it to help grow the sport of Western Dressage,” Lynn shared. “I believe that education is how this can be accomplished! My hope is that these grants will support events that include riders who might not yet be involved in Western Dressage but have an interest in learning about it. I would like for riders to receive quality instruction in Western Dressage and learn the biomechanics of the horse, how to develop him slowly and learn to ride ‘back to front.’”
Lynn continued, “If you are a Western rider and like to achieve harmony with a willing and confident horse, Western Dressage could be a perfect fit. The dressage principles will benefit you and your horse, no matter the discipline. I also hope to bring the Ranch Riding enthusiasts together with Western Dressage through this Fund, as both disciplines focus on riding accurate and precise tests while emphasizing the horse’s natural self-carriage.”
Grants of up to $2,000 will be available for events that meet grant requirements and are selected by an independent review committee. Further details can be found here.
Contact Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
About Lynn Palm
Palm's career highlights include 2007 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsewoman of the Year, a record four AQHA Superhorse wins, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women's Athletic Association, named one of the top United States clinicians by Horse & Rider magazine, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Champions, 7 WDAA World Championships and over 50 bridleless dressage exhibitions at events including the National Horse Show, 1989 World Cup,the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and World Cup. Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon are co-founders of three horse industry companies: Palm Equestrian Academy, Women LUV Horses, and Alliance Saddlery USA. Palm is the author of “The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection” and “Your Complete Guide to Western Dressage.”
Photo by Nancy Jaffer