Alamo, CA (June 28, 2010) - DressageTrainingOnline.com (DTO) announced the six winners of their inaugural Young Star Spotlight Grant. The 2010 grant winners are Jamee Amundson of Colorado, Alyssa Pitts of Oregon, Kelly Krambs of California, Benjamin Pfabe of Virginia, Brandi Benedict of Virginia, Lauren Ball Tisdale of Ohio. Lisa Pembleton of Florida and Linda Shultz of Kentucky were also named as runner ups for the grant.
The educational tour grants monies to a minimum of 6 chosen young dressage horse enthusiasts. The grant money will be used for airfare, lodging, transportation and attendance on a prearranged hosted trip to Germany to attend the 2010 Bundeschampionate.
In addition grant winners will attend private tours visiting top young horse trainers, riders and breeders and participate in exclusive small forums and discussions with some of the world’s most knowledgeable and successful dressage professionals. Grant winners will attend educational seminars led by DTO feature partner trainer, Dr. Ulf Moleller, head trainer of the famed PSI sporthorses, Michael Klimke, Ingo Pape and numerous FEI judges, well versed in young horse evaluation.
The tour will be led primarily by the US Young Dressage Horse Coach and trainer Scott Hassler, who has trained and developed over 25 horses to the Grand Prix level and Reisa Bonetti, Founder of DressageTrainingOnline.com (DTO), who has sponsored the grant as an opportunity to help further the education and success of US riders in the development and training young horses to be future grand prix horses.
“The educational tour developed out of the need for further learning on the “proper” development of the young horse. Young horses are so different mentally and physically from an older more confirmed horse. I have seen so many owners of young horses struggling with developing their horses and finding resources. I saw the need for in depth information, coming from those who have been there, done that, so I decided to fund and promote the Young Star Spotlight Grant program.” explained Bonetti.
“The plan is to grow the monies needed for increased tour attendance and provide this grant on an annual basis,” Bonetti added, “My hope is that each participant can walk away with a grounded understanding of what to look for and how to develop outstanding young dressage horses. If each of the attendees is able to positively affect a handful of horses, it is a success!”
The winners were chosen based on their experience with developing young dressage horses, their proven dedication and passion around making this a focus of their career and nominations and references submitted to DressageTrainingOnline.com from their supporters.