Scholarship Opportunity - $15,000 D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship

Sunday, July 24, 2022
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Don't miss this special scholarship opportunity! Dressage4Kids and Anne Baber Wallis are pleased to announce that scholarship applications are open for the D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship, open to riders ages 18-26.

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The selected rider must plan on bringing his or her own horse (either owned or leased) and will have the opportunity to train with Oded Shimoni in Wellington, Florida. The scholarship will provide funds up to $15,000 towards training expenses during the 2023 winter season in Florida, January through March 2023. Covered expenses may include: transportation to/from Wellington, stabling, training, competition expenses (if applicable), and living expenses (recipient must find their own housing and stabling).  

Grand Prix rider and previous scholarship recipient Matt Baillargeon 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."

Fern Feldman, Anne Baber Wallis, previous scholarship recipient Matt Baillargeon, and Oded Shimoni
Fern Feldman, Anne Baber Wallis, previous scholarship recipient Matt Baillargeon, and Oded Shimoni

This scholarship will be awarded in memory of Christian Kennedy. Dressage4Kids, Christian’s family, and the equestrian community have chosen to remember Christian through programs and scholarships that reflect Christian's dedication to knowledge and improvement.


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.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by August 15, 2022.

For more information regarding the scholarship and the application process, please go HERE