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Grants Available from The Dressage Foundation for Educational Dressage Events

As equestrian groups begin to plan 2021 events, The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to offer a variety of grants to help fund educational events.

Although 2020 was a challenging year with many events cancelled or postponed, TDF was still able to award over $48,000 to 30 groups across the county to conduct clinics, camps, symposia, and seminars across the country.  TDF worked with groups that had to postpone events due to COVID-19, making grants available for the rescheduled events.

Some of the grants awarded in 2020 included support for USEF’s 2021 Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic, USDF’s Instructor Certification Program, workshops for adult amateurs, and clinics for riders of all ages and levels. 

Grants are now available for USDF Group Member Organizations and other non-profit equestrian organizations to host events in 2021 and beyond. Applications for these grants are due to The Dressage Foundation 90 days prior to the event.

Dancing Horse Fund: For non-profit groups to hold musical freestyle clinics and seminars or to purchase sound systems to use for freestyle events.

Dreitzler International Clinician Fund: Provides financial support for equestrian organizations, dressage clubs, and owners of private facilities who are hosting educational events with clinicians from countries outside of the United States.

Edgar Hotz Judges Education Fund: Provides support to USDF GMOs for the “Continuing Education for Judges and L Program Graduates” program.  (Apply through USDF at least 60 days prior to the event.)

Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund: The goal of this Fund is to provide grants for equestrian groups to host affordable, high-quality Western Dressage educational events.

Max E. Gahwyler Instructor Education Fund: Grants are available for equestrian organizations, dressage clubs, or owners of private facilities who are hosting educational events for dressage instructors, including the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program. 

Michael Poulin Dressage Fund: For non-profit groups or individuals to host an event that will improve the quality of dressage in their area through riding, training, instructing, or judging.

Oregon Dressage Society Linda S. Acheson Fund: The goal of the ODS Linda S. Acheson Fund is to provide grants to ODS, ODS Chapters, and ODS Committees that are organizing educational events which will benefit the Oregon dressage community and help further the mission of the Oregon Dressage Society.

Sally Swift Fund for Centered Riding Clinics: For non-profit groups to organize a Centered Riding© clinic.

Violet Hopkins Fund for GMO Events: For USDF GMOs to host a variety of educational events, such as camps, symposia, and seminars for riders of all ages and levels.

For more information, please contact Sara Weiss, TDF’s Director of Grants and Programs, at or visit

To donate to any of these Funds, contact Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585 or  Secure online donations can also be made at

The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to educating, supporting, and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants to dressage riders, judges, instructors, breeders, high-performance teams, nonprofit equestrian organizations, and more. For more information, please visit