The Dressage Foundation's Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Awards $9,000 to Adult Amateur Riders

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Posted by The Dressage Foundation

Region 1 - Brianne Reynolds (MD) and her horse, Hershey
Region 1 - Brianne Reynolds (MD) and her horse, Hershey

The Dressage Foundation is proud to announce this year's recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. Each will receive a $1,000 Scholarship to enable them to set aside quality time in concentrated training with a horse they own, with a trainer of choice, away from the daily pressures of job and family. "Congratulations to these deserving Adult Amateurs for being selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship! Thanks to the generosity of Carol Lavell, her family, and friends, we are thrilled to provide this support," said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Director of The Dressage Foundation. "We hope that each recipient will make the most of the concentrated training time that this scholarship will allow, and we look forward to hearing from each recipient about his or her experience."

Up to eleven $1,000 grants are available each year - one per United States Dressage Federation Region and two wild card grants that can be awarded in any Region. The following Adult Amateurs were chosen as recipients from their respective USDF Regions to receive grants for training in the 2014 calendar year.

USDF Region 1 – Brianne Reynolds (MD) and her horse, Hershey, will train with Jackie Kinney. Brianne is a member of the Maryland Dressage Association and the Potomac Valley Dressage Association. 

USDF Region 2 – Carolyn Desnoyer (WI) and her horse, Fresca, will train with Jayne Ayers. Carolyn is a member of New Dressage Association.

USDF Region 2 – Samantha Gorzkiewicz (IN) and her horse, Atlas, will train with Elizabeth Grainger. Samantha is a member of Michiana Dressage Club.

USDF Region 3 – Cindy Carpenter (FL) and her horse, Utrillo, will train with Jodie Kelly. Cindy is a member of Deep South Dressage and Combined Training.

USDF Region 4 – Charli Ann Stevens (MO) and her horse, Aaperizcion+, will train with Angela Hecker-Jackson. Charli Ann is a member of Kentucky Dressage Association.

USDF Region 5 – Jennifer Quigley (CO) and her horse, MidKnight Attraction, will train with Sarah Martin. Jennifer is a member of Grand Valley Dressage Society.

USDF Region 6 – Lisa Koch (OR) and her horse, Benny, will train with Brooke Voldbaek.  Lisa is a member of Oregon Dressage Society.

USDF Region 6 – Edwin Miller (OR) and his horse, Lord of the Ring, will train with Jeremy Steinberg. Edwin is a member of Oregon Dressage Society.

USDF Region 7 – Dee Elliott (CA) and her horse, Red Hawk’s Houdini, will train with Sarah Lockman. Dee is a member of California Dressage Society.

For more information about The Dressage Foundation and the Gifted Memorial Fund, visit or contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or

The Dressage Foundation
The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels. For more information, please visit