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Scholarship Applications Open for $15,000 D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

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Dressage4Kids and Anne Baber Wallis are proud to announce that the D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship will once again be offered for 2021.

Photo: Christian Baber Kennedy with his American-born Belgian Warmblood, Fletcher (Fortune B)

This scholarship will be awarded in memory of Christian Kennedy. As a young rider, Christian was hungry for knowledge and sought out many opportunities to broaden his equestrian expertise. Dressage4Kids, Christian's family, and the equestrian community have chosen to remember Christian through programs and scholarships that reflect this dedication to knowledge and improvement.

Grand Prix riders Emily Gill and Matt Baillargeon, both former recipients of the D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship, have spoken about the honor of riding in memory of Christian.

Anne Baber Wallis (Christian's Mother) and Emily Gill (2019 Scholarship Recipient)
Anne Baber Wallis (Christian's Mother) and Emily Gill (2019 Scholarship Recipient)
Anne Baber Wallis (Christian's Mother) and Emily Gill (2019 Scholarship Recipient)"This scholarship has truly been life changing," says Emily. "The scholarship has provided amazing opportunities for training and forming new connections. I am honored to ride for Christian."

Matt says, "the scholarship afforded me the priceless gift of growing both as a person and as a rider. To be exposed to such caliber of mentorship and passion for this sport on a daily basis has helped cement my own training and personal philosophy. It has been an honor to ride in memory of Christian."

The D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship is awarded to promote, train, and inspire young riders through a special winter training grant. The scholarship will fund one advanced rider, age 18-26, for the 2021 winter season in Florida, January through March 2021. The selected rider must plan on bringing his or her own horse (either owned or leased) and will train with Oded Shimoni at OS Dressage in Wellington, Florida.

The scholarship recipient will need to trailer to OS Dressage twice weekly for lessons. The scholarship will provide funds up to $15,000 towards transportation to/from Wellington, stabling, training, showing expenses (if applicable), and living expenses (recipient must find his or her own housing).

Interested riders must submit an application with information regarding recent training and clinic experience, a training video, a letter of recommendation, two references, and a letter stating riding and life goals. The selection committee is interested not only in an excellent rider, but in a well-rounded and committed student who is a strong team player, who demonstrates ethical behavior, and who has sound horsemanship skills.

Evaluation criteria may include: exceptional talent, proven ability to work hard, demonstrated ethical behavior, horsemanship skills, and consistent drive towards stated goals.

For more information regarding the scholarship and the application process, please go to: https://dressage4kids.org/scholarships/christian-kennedy-memorial-fund-scholarships/d4k-christian-kennedy-young-adult-scholarship.html.

Left to Right: Fern Feldman (VP of D4K), Anne Baber Wallis (Christian's Mother), Matt Baillargeon (2020 Scholarship Recipient), Oded Shimoni (International Dressage Trainer)
Left to Right: Fern Feldman (VP of D4K),Anne Baber Wallis (Christian's Mother),Matt Baillargeon (2020 Scholarship Recipient), Oded Shimoni (International Dressage Trainer)