New Ravel Education Grants Announced by US Dressage Federation

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"Ravel" created by Jane Heart Jewelry
“Ravel” created by Jane Heart Jewelry

Nov. 26, 2013

Ravel Education Grants, a new program to support youth and funded by the sale of jewelry designs of Ravel by Jane Heart Jewelry, was announced Tuesday by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).

The USDF Youth Programs Committee in partnership with Akiko Yamazaki, owner of Ravel, developed the awards as part of the USDF Shining Star Award program.

All USDF Shining Star Award recipients will be eligible to receive one of four Ravel Education grants of $500 each to be awarded annualy to cover expenses for attending an educational dressage event of their choice.

Akiko selected the program based on USDF Youth Programs Committee definition of good sportsmanship, qualities Ravel displayed throughout his career: courage, respect, perseverance and responsibility.

“With these grants,” Akiko said, “I hope that the legacy of Ravel will continue in support of excellence in dressage, especially for our bright stars.”

Ravel was inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame in 2012 after a career in which he was America’s leading dressage horse, competing in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, winning two individual medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, in 2009 becoming only the second U.S. horse to capture the World Cup and later the same year claiming the prestigious World Equestrian Festival CDIO title at Aachen, Germany.

For more information on the Ravel Education Grants and Shining Star Award program go to www.usdf.org or email to youth@usdf.org.Ravel