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TDF Now Accepting Applications for the New Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Grant Fund

TDF Now Accepting Applications for the New Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Grant Fund

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is now accepting applications for its new Team Tate Mentorship and Leadership Grant Fund.  The Fund, established by J.J. Tate and family this year, will provide financial assistance to dressage professionals to further their business, leadership or riding skills. 

The Tate family believes that participation in mentorship and leadership programs leads to a successful business and life.  However, training, teaching and competition schedules, as well as finances, make it difficult for dressage professionals to find time and resources to focus on personal growth, leadership and business skills.   

The goal of this Fund is to provide one annual grant of up to $5,000 for a dressage professional, age 25 and over, to receive business, leadership or personal coaching education and/or to work with his/her dressage mentor to improve equestrian skills.  The online application form can be found here.  Applications are due on or before July 15th.

J.J. shared, “I have been very fortunate to have a strong supportive network of trainers, family and clients who have helped me develop as a trainer and as a person. I believe that being successful in our sport requires a lot more than just good riding. My dad, Joe, has always been a huge inspiration to me for self-growth and development, and we would love to share that opportunity with others.  We hope this grant will help people further not only their depth of relationships with their mentors, but also to further their education; whether that be through personal development and growth or better business skills.”  

 J.J. continued, “I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Charles de Kunffy when I was 11 years old, and through that relationship, I have built an incredible bond with him over the last 30 years. He has not only helped me develop my equestrian skills, but also my character. I am honored to call him my mentor and I hope people can find these important relationships in their own lives to further their life experience.”  

Additional grant information can be found at   

Contact Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585 or with questions or for more information.