Riders Clara Etzel and Alys Culhane Awarded Grants From TDF’s Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Posted by Jenny Johnson for The Dressage Foundation


Clara Etzel

Clara Etzel 

The Dressage Foundation's Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund has awarded a $500 grant to dressage trainer Clara Etzel (Ypsilanti, MI) and a $500 grant to adult amateur Alys Culhane (Palmer, AK).

Clara will be using her $500 grant to complete the USDF ‘L’ Program in hopes of building her credentials as a rider, trainer, and judge, as well as continuing her education.

"Receiving a grant from the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund will make it more feasible for me to attend the USDF L Program in 2016. I am looking forward to developing my comprehension of judging Training through Second levels through the L Program. I appreciate all the support of my family, friends, the Northern Ohio Dressage Association, and especially the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund for awarding me this grant."

Alys Culhane and Raudhetta

Alys Culhane and Raudhetta

Alys will be using her Isler Grant to attend the 2015 Centered Riding Symposium in Lunteren, Netherlands, to further her dressage education with a goal of becoming a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor.

In addition to the Symposium, she will attend an update clinic featuring Gerd Heuschmann and Tom Nagel, focusing on biomechanics in relation to riding. “Alaska is a long ways from the Lower 48, making equine-related training travel costs prohibitive,” says Alys. “The Renee Isler grant will now enable me to advance my centered-riding related knowledge and assist others in doing the same.”

Grants are available for young riders, adult amateurs, and professionals through the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund. For more information about this Fund, visit www.dressagefoundation.org or contact Jenny Johnson at (402)434-8585 or jenny@dressagefoundation.org.