Gifted Keeps Giving

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Gifted Fund at The Dressage Foundation Helps Adult Amateurs

The Gifted Fund was seeded with Donations from Carol Lavell, received in special remembrance of her great Dressage horse, “Gifted.” The Fund has grown steadily over the years, and now provides scholarships each year to benefit Adult Amateurs. These scholarships enable Adult Amateurs 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. Each scholarship recipient is required to prepare and submit a written report of the training experience to be shared with others.

These reports contain much information, which you can read on the Foundation website at The menu located at the top of the home page lists Funds & Programs. Click on this tab to access the Gifted Fund.

The following adult amateurs have been chosen as recipients from their respective USDF Regions to receive grants of $750 for training in the 2007 calendar year.

USDF Region 1 – Laura Serkes (VA) Laura and her horse Rosenstolz will train with Kathy Connelly. Laura is a member of Northern VA chapter, VADA

USDF Region 2 – Jennifer Storey (MI) and her horse Apollo will train with Nancy Smith. Jennifer is a member of All Dressage Association.

USDF Region 3 – Laura Crane (TN) and her horse Expertin B will train with Sarah Martin. Laura is a member of Delta Dressage Association.

A second scholarship recipient from USDF Region 3 – Marsha Allen (FL) and her horse Ferdelance will train with Patti Becker. Marsha is a member of Northeast Florida Dressage Association.

USDF Region 4 – Jennifer Brandl (MN) and her horse Privateer will train with Wm. Solyntjes. Jennifer is a member of Central States Dressage and Eventing Association.

USDF Region 6 – Helen Ferguson (OR) and her horse Galahad will train with Thomas Ritter. Helen is a member of Oregon Dressage Society.

USDF Region 7 – Christie Cooper (CA) and her horse Radetsky will train with Gayle Smith. Christie is a member of Pomona Chapter, California Dressage Society.

USDF Region 9 – Marilyn Kulifay (TX) and her horse Bacchus will train with Paul Kathen. Marilyn is a member of Houston Dressage Society.

The Dressage Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of Dressage. For more information contact The Dressage Foundation at Wells Fargo Center, 1248 ‘O’ Street, Suite 732, Lincoln, NE 68508. Phone: 402/434-8585, Fax: 402/436-3053, or email to Visit our website at: