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Grant Application Deadlines Updated for Educational Dressage Events Supported by TDF

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to announce new grant application deadlines for TDF’s Group Education Grant Funds. TDF offers a variety of grants to help fund educational events across the country and typically awards over 25 grants per year.  The deadline to apply was 90 days prior to the event and now it has been reduced to 75 days prior to the event.

“TDF hopes to encourage more groups and organizations to apply for TDF’s many grants. The Group Education Fund grants are a wonderful way to help educate dressage riders and trainers across the country more affordably. We hope these new deadlines will make it easier for organizers to apply,” said Sara Weiss, TDF’s Director of Grants and Programs.

Thanks to the many generous donors throughout the years, TDF has been able to support a variety of educational opportunities for riders, instructors, and judges of different levels and in areas throughout the country.

Grants are available year-round for USDF Group Member Organizations (GMOs), non-profits, and other equestrian organizations to host events in 2024 and beyond. Applications for these grants are due to TDF at least 75 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 Development 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, and/or judging.  Applications should be bold, creative, and collaborative.

Oregon Dressage Society Linda S. Acheson Fund: Provides grants to ODS, ODS Chapters, and ODS Committees that are organizing educational events that 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.

An overview of these Grant Funds can be found at:

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