Almost $100,000 in Grants Available from Dressage Foundation for Rest of 2011

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LINCOLN, Nebraska, June 29–Up to $94,000 in grants are available from The Dressage Foundation for the rest of 2011.

The foundation is seeking applications for the grant money. More information is available on www.dressagefoundation.org or by phone to 402.434.8585.

–Gifted Fund Scholarship for Adult Amateurs – Due Sept. 15
This $1,000 Scholarship enables Adult Amateurs to set aside quality time, in concentrated training, away from daily pressures of job and family with a horse the recipient owns. Applicants can be riding dressage at any level. Volunteerism within a group member organization is very important. Up to nine scholarships–one per USDF Region–are offered each year.

–Major Anders Lindgren Scholarships for Dressage Instructors – Due Sept. 30
Two $2,000 Scholarships are available each year to dressage instructors to train in a concentrated amount of time of at least one week, away from home. Applicants are not required to be Certified Instructors, but it is suggested that applicants use the scholarship money to train with a Certified Instructor or USDF Instructor Certification Program Faculty Member.  One $6,000 Scholarship can be awarded each year to a dressage instructor, preferably to those in the USDF Certified pool, Training through Fourth Levels. The scholarship will enable the applicant to train in a longer concentrated time period away from home.

–Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant – Due Oct. 25
The purpose of this annual grant is to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by U.S. citizens, by providing funds to train and compete in Europe. The horse and rider applicants will be competing successfully at Prix St. George or higher, and demonstrate an ability to move into high performance competition. The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to be an ambassador for the American-bred horse in Europe.

–Carol Lavell $25,000 Advanced Dressage Prize – Due Dec. 13
The Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize provides financial assistance for coaching and training to a talented, committed, qualified rider whose plan is to reach and excel at the elite, international standards of high performance dressage. Up to two prizes are available annually in the amount of $25,000 each, to riders who are U.S. citizens, over 21 years of age, and selected by a national panel of dressage figures. Selection criteria are merit and need.