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The Dressage Foundation Announces New Grants for U.S. Military Members and Dependents

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is honored to announce its new Military Grant Fund, established by Colonel David and Sue Bender of Beech Island, South Carolina. Through their generous gift, the Benders wish to recognize the contributions of military members and dependents to our country and sport.

The purpose of The Dressage Foundation’s Military Grant Fund is to provide $1,000 grants for dressage-related education to riders who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States military and their dependents. The Fund is open to all branches of the military to include active duty, reserves, and veterans. Amateur or youth riders, to include para-dressage riders, are welcome to apply.

“These individuals are constantly giving to this country in many ways, sometimes with little ability to concentrate on their personal goals,” said Sue Bender. “While serving, the pay received is not large and there are usually moves required every two to three years. We hope that this Fund will ease the financial burden of dressage training and will allow recipients to take the time to focus on their riding goals.”

“Historically, dressage has a long connection to the military,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director. “We extend our thanks to Colonel and Sue Bender for their generous gift to establish a Grant Fund to honor that history and provide support for U.S. military members and their families who are passionate about dressage.” 

The grant guidelines and application for the Military Grant Fund can be found at the following links:

The application deadline will be May 15th of each year.

TDF welcomes donations to the Military Grant Fund. Gifts can be made by credit card at or by calling Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585.  Donations by check can be mailed to TDF’s office at 1314 ‘O’ Street, Suite 305, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508. 

For more information, call The Dressage Foundation at (402) 434-8585 or email

About 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 and scholarships to dressage riders, judges, instructors, breeders, high performance teams, and nonprofit equestrian organizations. For more information, please visit