Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, Dressage4Kids, Inc. has established extensive scholarship and professional development programs. Some programs assist youth and young adult amateur riders to enhance their horsemanship skills and competition experience and to introduce them to career opportunities in the equine industry. Other programs provide networking or financial assistance to aspiring and current young professionals to further develop their repertoire of training, coaching, competition, business and stable management skills. To be eligible for most of these programs, applicants must be 21 or under and have participated in a Dressage4Kids, Inc. program, such as the Youth Dressage Festival, the Weekend Educational Program, the various EDAP programs (EDAP clinics, the WIT program, or the Horsemastership Clinics).
Applicants between 21 and 23 are eligible only if they competed in the above programs within the last two years. All applicants must be actively pursuing a specific goal, and be able to demonstrate ability commensurate with stated objectives. The scholarship monies must be used for specific educational expense that may include, but are not limited to: seminars, workshops, clinics, lessons and training programs. Programs must have a stated objective, a defined beginning and end, and must be for the specific purpose of advancing the individual’s horsemanship skills, knowledge or experience.
Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the individual upon submission of an application, expected educational expense budget and a signed Letter of Agreement. Any money awarded but not spent to achieve the goal outlined in the application must be returned to Dressage4Kids, Inc. Scholarship awards generally range from $100 to $500 but may be more generous, depending on funds available and the applicant’s goals. The Committee reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships granted to one recipient in any given year.
The Scholarship Committee expects scholarship recipients to give back to D4K programs commensurate with their knowledge and experience. By accepting scholarships, recipients must agree to volunteer their time and/or expertise in some way that will benefit or enhance D4K programs as a whole. Some ways that members give back for their scholarship awards include assisting at the various programs, conducting clinics, organizing a clinic or a fundraising event for scholarships, judging, writing an article, and/or being available for publicity, photos, etc.
All scholarship recipients will be required to write a report or story about their experience in the form of a letter, journal or diary. Photographs may be included. The report will be kept by the Committee, shared with local organizations if applicable, and may be used for publicity purposes to advance the overall awards program.
All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.
A brief description of each program and the eligibility requirements follows.
Lendon Gray Scholarships:
Scholarships are awarded for the specific purpose of rider education; that is, advancing the individual’s horsemanship skills, knowledge or experience. The scholarship monies will be awarded for specific educational (not competition) expenses that include, but are not limited to, seminars, workshops, clinics, lessons and training programs. To be eligible, applicants 21 and under and have participated in a Dressage4Kids, Inc. program, such as the Youth Dressage Festival, the Weekend Educational Program, or the various EDAP programs (EDAP clinics, the WIT program, or the Horsemastership Clinics). Applicants between 21 and 23 are eligible only if they competed in the above programs within the last two years.
Courtney’s Quest Scholarships:
This scholarship honors Courtney King-Dye’s quest for knowledge, experience and excellence in her riding, horse management, and competition. The scholarship monies will be awarded to assist riders to cover expenses of major competitions such as National Championships and international competitions. Riders age 29 and under are eligible.
Instructor Certification Assistance Program:
Current or former D4K activities’ participants (including trainers, volunteers, etc.) of any age are provided financial assistance to enroll in USDF Instructor Precertification or Instructor Certification programs.
Click here to access the application for the Instructor Certification Assistance Program
Career Search Program:
This program assists youth riders, 21 and under, interested in learning more about equine industry career opportunities, to work for a day with a trainer, instructor, show official, farrier, vet, tack shop owner, massage therapist, etc. For more information, contact Lendon Gray at email@example.com.
Young Professional Advantage Program
Young professionals ages 18 to 29 broaden their experience by spending three or four days in the stable of a top professional to watch schooling and lessons and to study the way the stable management and business are conducted. This program will connect young professionals to participating top professionals. Depending on availability of funds, financial assistance with transportation and housing may be awarded. For more information, contact Lendon Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mentoring Program is for young equine industry professionals or horse owners age 29 and under who are now working in the ‘real world’ and riding as adult amateurs. The program helps these D4K program graduates find adults who can answer questions about equestrian business, training and competing. For more information, contact Lendon Gray at email@example.com.
Dressage4Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.