Renee Isler Support Fund Expands
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LINCOLN, Nebraska, Oct. 19–The Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund at the Dressage Foundation is increasing financial assistance for Young Riders after expanding to include aid to professionals.
The Fund was originally established by Renee to help applicants to the U.S. Dressage Federation/FEI Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series in need of financial assistance in order to attend. Renee’s Fund has authorized up to nine annual grants of up to $800 each, one for each clinic in each of the nine USDF regions.
The fund had already grown in scope and funding available and some recent grants were made to professionals including Hilary Moore, Mary Lauritsen, and Shannon Dueck to advance their careers.
“I am lucky to have been a beneficiary of Renee’s generosity because she happened to converse with me while promoting her passion: helping the Young Riders reach their international aspirations,” said Courtney King-Dye. “She is continuously helping our next generation, both individually and through bigger programs.”
“Achieving our goals in this demanding sport of dressage requires an immense commitment from many sources,” said Shannon Dueck. “I know I could not compete internationally with my mare Ayscha without significant financial support, and I am so grateful to the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund for helping me reach my goals. With their help, I was able to stay in Germany and train and compete for an extra month this past summer–and this month of top quality coaching was really important. I was able to bring this training back to the USA, where I hope I can help others achieve their goals.”
“We are proud to work with Renee and to provide a ‘home’ for her fund,” said Melissa Filipi, Development Director for The Dressage Foundation. “It’s very exciting to have funds available for such a wide variety of projects, and this is only possible because of Renee’s dedication to the sport and willingness to help fellow riders.”
Application guidelines are available at www.dressagefoundation.org. The Selection Committee will review each application and make a funding determination. Applications are due at least 30 days in advance of the event.