Dressage4Kids, Inc. offers extensive equine scholarships and professional development programs. Some programs help young adult riders enhance their horsemanship skills and competition experience and introduce them to career opportunities in the equine industry. Other programs provide networking or financial assistance to aspiring and current young professionals to further develop their repertoire of training, coaching, competition, business and stable management skills.
To be eligible for most of these programs, applicants must be 25 or under and have either participated in a Dressage4Kids, Inc. program or assisted with a D4K program as a volunteer.
A brief description of each program and the eligibility requirements follows.
Lendon Gray Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded for the specific purpose of rider education; that is, advancing the individual’s horsemanship skills, knowledge or experience. The scholarship monies will be awarded for specific educational (not competition) expenses that include, seminars, workshops, clinics, lessons and training programs. To be eligible, applicants must be 25 and under and have participated in a Dressage4Kids, Inc. program, such as the Youth Dressage Festival, the Weekend Equestrian Program, or the various TEAM programs (TEAM clinics, the WIT program, or the Horsemastership Clinics).
Scholarship Program for Judges and Instructor Certification
Current or former D4K activities’ participants (including trainers, volunteers, etc.) of any age are provided financial assistance to enroll in USDF Instructor Certification or Judges Certification programs.
Courtney’s Quest Scholarships
This scholarship will be awarded to assist riders to cover expenses of major International competitions (NAYC not included). Riders age 29 and under who have participated in prior Dressage4Kids activities are eligible.
Christian Meriwether Kennedy Memorial Fund
The Christian Meriwether Kennedy Memorial Fund was established with Dressage4Kids to support Dressage4Kids’ mission to develop youth riders through training that promotes horsemastership, riding, sportsmanship, education, and fun.
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