GRANTS ADMINISTERED BY THE USEA FOUNDATION

THE WILTON FAIR GRANT

The great Wilton Fair with David O'Connor in the saddle winning the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event in 1990.

The great Wilton Fair with David O'Connor in the saddle winning the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event in 1990.

David and Cheryl Lenaburg have made a very generous donation of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) in memory of their great event horse Wilton Fair. The Wilton Fair Fund will allow up to $100,000 in grants to be given each year for a variety of educational opportunities for riders 29 and under who have not yet ridden for a senior team.

David Lenaburg purchased Wilton Fair for David O’Connor to ride in the early 1990s. Wilton Fair was a horse who would help jump start O’Connor’s career – giving him his first CCI3* victory. Lenaburg wishes to be a part of developing other riders’ careers and so has established this Fund with the USEA Foundation.

“David [Lenaburg] called me out of the blue,” explained O’Connor. “He’s retired now and doesn’t own horses anymore, but we’ve always just kept in touch. He said, ‘I’ve been kind of thinking about the future, and I think it’s time to give back. I would like to give a million dollars to the developing side of the sport. The developing side of high performance . . . what I did for you, I want to do it again. I want to give back.’”

The grants from the Wilton Fair Fund will be decided by the USEA Foundation with recommendations from the United States Equestrian Emerging Athletes Group. Considerations for funding may include:

  • Overseas rider/ horse combination trips,

  • Educational opportunities for non-team riders within the USEF structure,

  • Grants for individuals 29 years and under to apprentice for a longer time period with an approved rider /trainer in Europe. Grants could include living costs, stabling costs etc.,

  • Grants for riders 29 years and under to train with an approved rider trainer in the USA, and

  • Educational opportunities for developing rider coaches to develop their skills in coaching.

“This is an exciting time for the USEA Foundation,” said Foundation Chairman, Kevin Baumgardner. “Our mission has expanded significantly over the past several years, and we are now administering grant programs that make a difference in all areas of our sport.  The Wilton Fair Fund is another big step forward for us.  We cannot thank the Lenaburgs enough for their vision and generosity.  We look forward to working with them for years to come.”

“We believe that the developing side of the program is really important,” continued O’Connor. “You get caught because the senior riders can’t be riders forever, and then suddenly you’re in a hole. We’ve seen that happen. That’s the exciting part about the programs we’re coming up with. They’re really going to help with the ability for the U.S. to play for a long time.”

There is no application for this grant. A list of potential candidates will be compiled based on riders’ performances at the CCI4* level throughout the year. Finalists will be interviewed by the Wilton Fair Committee prior to a decision being made. Funds must be used within two years of receiving the award.

Questions about the Wilton Fair Fund? Contact Jo Whitehouse at jo@useventing.com.

REBECCA BROUSSARD INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPING RIDER’S GRANT

This grant is bestowed by the Broussard Family through the USEA Foundation in honor of the memory of Rebecca Chaney Broussard. Mrs. Broussard supported numerous international riders through both her generous financial contributions and horse ownership. Mrs. Broussard (familiarly known as “Becky”) was truly respected and admired by all who knew her, and the sport of Eventing has benefited at all levels from her extraordinary vision, involvement and loyalty.

The annual Event at Rebecca Farm was the fulfillment of Mrs. Broussard’s vision of creating a world-class international facility for education and competition.  2011 marked the inauguration of the Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grant, the culmination of Becky’s dreams to create and to fund a grant with the goal to inspire, advance the skills, and expand the knowledge of developing riders at the international level. 

The Rebecca Broussard Developing International Riders Grants are designed to assist and to encourage the development of Event riders at the highest level of the sport.  These grants will be awarded to offset some of the travel and training expenses in the pursuit of achieving the qualities of an international rider. These Grants are not available to any rider that has already achieved the honor of representing the United States of America at the international CCIO4* or CCIO5* Eventing competitions. 

The Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grant Fund has been separated into three types of grants.  The first, the travel grants are awarded to multiple riders who display the potential qualities of an international rider.  These grants are used to offset some of the travel expenses to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm in the CCI4*L or S, held in July each year. While there riders will interview before members of the grant committee.  From this group of competing riders, as well as riders who did not receive the initial grant, but still qualified and competed in the CCI4* at The Event at Rebecca Farm, and completed the interview process, the larger grants will be awarded. 

The Global International Rider Grant of $50,000 is for the educational development of an international quality rider based on competition on the global stage of Eventing. The recipient of the Grant will be selected by the grant committee based on performance record, interview, and involvement with the Eventing community.

The National Rider Grant of $10,000 is for the educational development of an international quality rider based on competition within the national system of Eventing. The recipient of the Grant will be selected by the grant committee based on performance record, interview, and involvement with the Eventing community.

These larger grant can be used to offset some of the expenses incurred to compete at international FEI events held outside of the United States. Funds must be used within two years of receiving the award.

While the focus of the grants is on riders at the 4* level, competitors in all FEI levels are encouraged to interview with the grant committee.

THE ESSEX HORSE TRIALS GRANT

The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to a Developing Rider aged 25-and-under who is competing successfully at the CCI3* level and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Rider ranks to the Senior Rider ranks. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

On behalf of the representatives of Essex Horse Trials, the USEA Foundation will administer the processes of the grant’s intent.  Eligible riders will be in good standing with the USEA. The rider’s performance at the CCI3* level and above during the 2019 competition season will be reviewed by the Essex Horse Trials Grant Committee when making the final selection. The Essex Horse Trials Grant is awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting in December each year.  Funds must be used within two calendar years following receipt of the grant and riders must keep complete accounting records and receipts for all funds used and submit these to the USEA Foundation by November 30 of that year. Any funds used for inappropriate activities must be repaid to the Essex Horse Trials Grant care of the USEA Foundation. The recipient will be required to prepare a report on how the grant has benefited him/her during the year for presentation to the USEA Foundation Trustees at the December meeting.

No grant may be conferred upon or inure to the benefit of a member or relative of:

(a) the USEA staff, Board of Governors or Committee Chairs; or
(b) a member of any Area Council of the USEA (their relatives are eligible if the member in question is completely removed from the process of identifying the grant recipient(s).

Deadline for application is October 15. Click here for the Essex Grant Application 2019

THE SEEMA SONNAD JUNIOR RIDER’S GRANT

The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant of $5,000 annually is available to a Junior Rider aged 18 and under. The rider should be competing successfully at the preliminary and FEI CCI2* level and working towards representing his or her Area at the NAJYRC CCI3* team competition in the following year. The grant is intended to assist the recipient to develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CCI3* level. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

The USEA Foundation will administer the processes of the grant’s intent on behalf of the family of Seema Sonnad. Eligible riders will be in good standing with the USEA and will have successfully completed a CCI2* during the current year with a view to competing in the CCI3* at the NAJYRC the following year. An independent panel will review the competition results of all eligible riders and will select the recipient following the final CCI2* competition of the year. The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant will be awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting in December each year.

The application is online at USEAFoundation.org. Please complete and submit your application by October 15. The panel of judges will review your application, monitor your performances in USEA competitions for the rest of the season before selecting the recipient.

Riders receiving grants must keep complete accounting records and receipts for all funds used. Funds must be used within two calendar years following the awarding of the grant and receipts must be submitted to the USEA Foundation by November 30. Any funds used for inappropriate activities must be repaid to the Seema Sonnad Junior Riders’ Grant care of the USEA Foundation.

The successful recipient will be expected to write a report detailing the educational experiences and benefits made possible by the grant for inclusion in the USEA’s Eventing USA magazine and/or for posting on the USEA Foundation’s website. This report may also be given in person at the USEA Foundation meeting held during the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention.

No grant may be conferred upon or inure to the benefit of a member or relative of:
(a) the USEA staff, Board of Governors, Foundation Trustees, or Committee Chairs; or
(b) a member of any Area Council of the USEA (their relatives are eligible if the member in question is completely removed from the process of identifying the grant recipient(s).

Deadline for application is October 15. Click here for the Seema Sonnad Grant Application 2019

WORTH THE TRUST ADULT AMATEUR RIDER GRANTS

The Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships were established in honor of Ms. Joan Goswell's horse Worth the Trust. "Trusty" was a full thoroughbred who went to the highest level of the sport while ridden by Karen O'Connor. Together the pair won the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event in 1997. The aim of the grant is to reward up-and-coming amateur Eventers by helping to fund training opportunities like lessons, clinics, working student positions and private or group instruction. 

The $3,000 Amateur Young Adult Scholarship is available for riders between the ages of 16 and 25, while the $2,000 Adult Amateur Scholarship is available for Eventers 26 and up. Learning to officiate or working with a course designer, Technical Delegate, judge, veterinarian, etc. are also appropriate uses of the scholarship, with the approval of the scholarship panel.

Applicants must be members of the USEA as well as their local Eventing club or association, and contribute at least six hours of volunteer work to a national or local charitable organization, any minority/disadvantaged group, a local Eventing association or horse trials, etc. Funds must be used within two years of receiving the award. For more information contact Nancy Knight, Nancy@useventing.com.

LE SAMURAI FUND - AREA ADULT AMATEUR EDUCATION GRANTS

The Le Samurai Fund was established by Rebecca Broussard and Amy Tryon in memory of the great four-star horse Le Samurai. The USEA Foundation has allocated a total of $10,000 annually from the Le Samurai Fund for adult amateur education programs that are USEA Area activities.  Grants from the fund are in addition to Area allotments and can be used for the same adult amateur education programs. 

THE HALLER EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR EVENTING OFFICIALS & TECHNICAL DELEGATES

In Memory of Roger and Ann Haller

The Haller Scholarship for the Education of Eventing Officials was established in memory of the late Roger Haller and his wife Ann Haller. Designed to provide financial assistance to those licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the “R” license, the “S” license or FEI licenses. The Haller Scholarship may be used to offset the costs involved in attending the necessary seminars and obtaining the practical experience required to attain promotion to the next level of licensing. The USEA will award a scholarship of $5,000 to a deserving individual in 2019.

All those who meet the eligibility requirements listed below are invited to complete the scholarship application here.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USEA ROGER HALLER SCHOLARSHIP

1. Applicants must be current members in good standing with the USEA & USEF.

2. Applicants must be current USEF Licensed Officials and at a minimum hold the “r” Status as an Eventing Judge or Technical Delegate.

3. Applicants should demonstrate their commitment and plans to upgrade their license to USEF “R”, USEF “S” or FEI 1/2*, FEI 3/4*

The deadline for applications is October 15 and the scholarship will be awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here for the Haller Educational Grant Application 2019