Grants Awarded to Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders and Dressage Instructors
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Grants Awarded to Two Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders
The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that $1,000 grants from its Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund have been awarded to Meghan Benge, from South Carolina and Erika Wager from New York.
Meghan began riding when she was six years old and has trained in hunters, para-driving (she was the 2008 Para Driving World Championships gold medalist), and now para-dressage. She has been named to the US Equestrian Para Dressage Development Athlete list and will use her $1,000 grant to train and compete in Wellington with her trainer, Melissa Vaughn. Meghan said, “My ponies, Trip and Zoey, and I are very thankful to receive this grant. It will allow us to obtain additional training prior to and in between our shows during the spring season. It will help put us one step closer to achieving our goals.”
Erika began riding at the age of 5 and has been focused on para-dressage for the past year. She has recently been named to the US Equestrian Para Dressage Emerging Athlete list and will use her $1,000 grant to train with Susanne Hamilton and attend USEF/USPEA clinics. Erika said, “I’m so grateful to be selected as a grant recipient! The funds will go towards continuing my education as a Para-Dressage rider with my horse, Clifton Zander, and are a tremendous help.”
The purpose of the Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund, seeded by a gift from the Lowell Boomer Family Charitable Remainder Unitrust, is to provide financial support for para-dressage riders to attend educational events that will enable them to receive training to help them reach their riding and competition goals.
For more information about applying for a grant from TDF’s Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund or to make a donation, contact TDF at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.
TDF Awards $10,000 to Dressage Instructors Through Major Anders Lindgren Grants
The Dressage Foundation (TDF) has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Grant program, funded through their Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund. The Major Lindgren Grants provide financial support that enable dressage instructors to receive continuing education that will improve their teaching, riding, and training skills.
Cindi Wylie (MA) was awarded the $6,000 Major Lindgren Grant. She has been a dressage instructor for over 30 years, is a USEF ‘R’ Judge, and is a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th Level. She will use the funding to train with George Williams. Cindi said, “Early in my career, the USDF Instructor Trainer Program opened my eyes to the importance of continuing education for trainers of all levels, so I find myself always looking for opportunities to continue my learning not only for my own benefit, but so that I can be a better trainer for my clients at home as well. I look forward to training on my late client’s stallion, Amado XXXV. It was always her dream to own a Grand Prix horse, and with George’s guidance this winter, I know we will get there. Thank you to TDF’s donors for all they do to support dressage education in the US!”
Since 1996, The Dressage Foundation has offered annual instructor grants 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 Grants are due to The Dressage Foundation by September 30th of each year. For more information, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.