The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is proud to announce the recipients of two $1,000 grants from its Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund. This Fund was established in 2018 to provide financial support for para-riders to attend educational events.
Genevieve Rohner (UT) is a member of the USEF Emerging Athlete Program and plans to use the grant funding to train with Para-Dressage Olympian, Kate Shoemaker, in Florida over the winter. Earlier this year, Genevieve and horse, Donut, achieved the USDF Year-End Para Grade IV Reserve Champion. Genevieve is also a recent Pony Club member and has already been certified in all the D levels.
Genevieve said, "This grant is special because I am going to my first CPEDI in March in Wellington. I have dreamed about it for so long, and it’s finally here. TDF is helping make it happen!"
Photo by Deborah Hickey
Veronica Gogan (VA) is a lifelong horsewoman who discovered para-dressage in 2018. Veronica is a member of the USEF Emerging Athlete Program and will use this grant funding to train with Lauren Sprieser for one month. In 2020, Veronica and horse, Robin, won the Grade II Para Dressage Emerging Athlete Championship with a high score in Intro A and a reserve high score in Intro B.
Veronica said, “I am so thankful for this grant from TDF. It gives me the opportunity to continue training with Lauren Sprieser who has been a huge part of my development. It is so wonderful for para-equestrians to have these opportunities.”
Photo by Sharon Packer
Applications for the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund are due to The Dressage Foundation by November 1st of each year. For more information, please contact Sara Weiss, TDF’s Director of Grants and Programs, at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.
To donate to the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund, contact Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Secure online donations can also be made at www.dressagefoundation.org.
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 www.dressagefoundation.org.