Debbie McDonald Fund Set Up to Provide Grants Up to $10,000 for Pacific Northwest Riders
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LINCOLN, Nebraska, May 6, 2019–A fund has been set up in the name of United States team coach Debbie McDonald to provide training and competitions grants of up to $10,000 for riders in the Pacific Northwest.
The fund, unique in the type of grants provided through The Dressage Foundation, was created by dressage enthusiasts from the Pacific Northwest.
“Debbie McDonald’s compassion, respect, and love for horses are at the core of her mission as a rider, trainer, and coach,” the fund’s founding donors said in a statement. “We have all witnessed the results of her commitment to produce happy, healthy athletes: USA dressage horses competing successfully on the international stage with confidence, beauty, enthusiasm, and joy. The Debbie McDonald Fund will provide opportunities for riders from USDF Region 6 to pursue their riding and training goals, in line with USEF Dressage initiatives. The ultimate desire is to continue to expand Debbie’s example of compassionate and correct training, which always puts the horse first, and to support our region’s riders and horses.”
Region 6 comprises Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana.
Grants of up to $10,000 for training and competition will be awarded with preference given to riders on the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Dressage Development Program. Applications to the Dressage Foundation are due June 30, 2019.