The Dressage Foundation Awards $10,000 to US Dressage Instructors

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Mary Jo Zanolli

Mary Jo Zanolli (Photo: Jackie Cronin)

The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship program, funded through The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund. The Lindgren Scholarships provide financial support that enables dressage instructors to train in a concentrated amount of time in order to improve teaching, riding, and training skills.

Rachel Saavedra

Rachel Saavedra (Photo: Carolynn Bunch)

This year, the Selection Committee chose the following recipients:

  • Rachel Saavedra (San Ramon, CA) was awarded the $6,000 Lindgren Scholarship. Rachel is a USDF Certified Instructor through FEI B Level, and also leads Instructor Workshops as USDF Faculty. Rachel will use the funds to train with Jan Ebeling for week-long periods of time over the course of several months in 2016.
  • Annie Morris (Columbia, CT) is the recipient of a $2,000 Lindgren Scholarship. Annie has earned her USDF Gold Medal and is currently a candidate for the FEI Certification for the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program, as well as a member of USDF Instructor/Trainer Intro Faculty. Annie will use this scholarship to continue her training with Kathy Connelly while in Florida to achieve her goal of passing the FEI Instructor Testing this winter.
  • Mary Jo Zanolli (Windsor, CT), was also awarded a $2,000 Scholarship. She has been instructing for over 20 years and operates out of Connecticut Equestrian Center. Mary Jo will be using the scholarship to travel to Florida for six weeks to train with Annie Morris and develop her horse, Ella, at Second Level.
Annie Morris

Annie Morris (Photo: Mackenzie Cooley)

Since 1996, The Dressage Foundation has offered annual instructor scholarships in Major Anders Lindgren's name. Major Lindgren was an accomplished dressage rider, having won the 1971 Swedish Dressage Championship and ridden on the Swedish Olympic Team in 1972. He also won the Scandinavian Eventing Championship in 1959. Lindgren's contribution to American dressage was large, as he was solidly committed to the education of U.S. dressage instructors.

Applications for the three Lindgren scholarships are due to The Dressage Foundation by September 30th of each year.

For more information about the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarships and The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.