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TDF Continuing Education For Dressage Instructors Grant Application Deadline
A series of Education Grants for dressage instructors is available to assist those who instruct or train.
1. USDF GMOs/chapters may apply for $1,000 grants to conduct continuing education programs for dressage instructors that best fit their needs. Funding is available from The Dressage Foundation to provide five programs up to $1,000 each. Grants will be awarded to the first five GMOs who apply, and whose applications are approved by The Dressage Foundation’s Instructor Education Advisory Committee. Funding may be used for the USDF Instructor Certification Program workshops and testing in addition to other continuing education programs for instructors. Applications must be received at least 90 days prior to the event.
2. Individuals may apply for grants ranging from $500 up to $1,500 to attend USDF Instructor Certification workshops, pre-certification, and/or testing. Funding is available from The Dressage Foundation to provide up to six individual grants annually. The application deadlines are February 1st and July 1st, with final recipients selected and notified no later than April 1st and September 1st. Applications must be received prior to attending the portion of the program for which money is requested, and grant money must be used within two years after the award date. Following the workshop(s), recipients will be required to submit a summary of how this grant and/or workshop will help them further their career, along with a financial summary. Grant money will be distributed once The Dressage Foundation receives these items.
Please review the application information located on the TDF website.
This grant program is being made possible with funding donated by Maryal Barnett (MI), who has conducted some Estate Planning with The Dressage Foundation. Maryal is a long-time premier US Dressage Instructor, and The Dressage Foundation is pleased and honored that she has arranged to “give back” to her beloved sport in this special way.
Maryal states, “The future of dressage and the welfare of our horses is dependent on the quality of education that our professionals obtain. There were people in my life such as Violet Hopkins and Lowell Boomer who were instrumental in making education possible for me, and many others through their generosity and foresight. Lowell Boomer, along with many others, saw the importance of education; and they founded the United States Dressage Federation to unite and educate Dressage enthusiasts. Violet Hopkins gave her farm, time and wisdom each Summer to make the Vi Hopkins Seminar for Dressage Instructors possible for those of us hungering for more knowledge. Now, it is my desire to give back to the sport that has given me such a rewarding and happy life. That is why I want to help to make it possible for other present and future dressage instructors/trainers to be able to obtain quality education through The Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Grants.”
Maryal Barnett’s fund is administered at The Dressage Foundation.
Phone: (402) 434-8585