GRANTS ADMINISTERED BY THE USEA FOUNDATION
Wilton Fair Fund Grants
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.
The first grants will be awarded for the 2018 season.
“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.”
Questions about the Wilton Fair Fund? Contact Jo Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 by 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 United States of America at the international CCIO 3* or CCI4* Eventing competitions. The Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grant Fund has been separated into two types of grants. The first grants were awarded to multiple riders that displayed 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 CIC3*, held in July each year. From this group of competing riders and riders who did not receive the initial grant, but still qualified and competed at The Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3*, the larger grant will be awarded. This larger grant can be used to offset some of the expenses incurred to compete at international FEI events held outside of the United States.
The Essex Horse Trials Grant
Administered by the USEA Foundation
The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to a Developing Rider aged 25 and under who is competing successfully at the CIC3* and above and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient develop 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 and will have completed a CIC3* competition during the current year. The Essex Horse Trials Grant will be awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting in December each year. Only riders who have submitted a Request for Consideration form along with video links to his or her dressage, cross-country and show jumping performances will be considered. Completed forms are due by September 1 each year.
Riders must keep complete accounting records and receipts for all funds used and submit these to the USEA Foundation by November 30. Funds must be used within the calendar year following receipt of the grant. Any funds used for inappropriate activities must be repaid to the Essex Horse Trials Grant care of the USEA Foundation.
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 as long as the member in question is completely removed from the process of identifying the grant recipient(s).
The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant
Administered by the USEA Foundation
The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant is available to a Junior Rider aged 18 and under who is competing successfully at the preliminary and CCI1* level and who is working towards representing his or her Area at the NAJYRC CCI2* team competition in the following year. The grant is intended to assist the recipient develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CCI2* 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 CCI1* during the current year with a view to competing in the CCI2* 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 CCI1* competition of the year. The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant will be awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting in December each year. Only riders who have submitted a Request for Consideration form along with video links to his or her dressage, cross-country and show jumping performances will be considered. Only riders who have submitted a Request for Consideration form will be considered. Forms are due by September 1 of each year.
The successful recipient will be expected to write an essay 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. Riders must keep complete accounting records and receipts for all funds used and submit these to the USEA Foundation by November 30. Funds must be used within the calendar year following receipt of the grant. Any funds used for inappropriate activities must be repaid to the Seema Sonnad Junior Riders’ Grant care of the USEA Foundation.
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 as long as the member in question is completely removed from the process of identifying the grant recipient(s).
THE AMY TRYON YOUNG RIDER'S GRANT
The Amy Tryon Young Rider's Grant was established in 2015 with contributions from the friends and family of the Olympic Event Rider, Amy Tryon. This fund was created to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring event riders who participate in the USEA Young Riders' Program and who have aspirations of achieving the highest international level of the sport of Eventing. The goal of the grant is to provide riders with limited financial resources the support they require to prepare for, and compete in, international three-day events. The USEA Young Riders' Program member must display a work ethic that exemplifies the traits necessary to achieve the highest level of international competition that was personified by the character of Amy Tryon. The grant may be used for coaching, specialized training, entry fees, living costs for horse and rider, and for travel. The funds for this grant have been made available by contributions made to the USEA Foundation.
The grant is available to riders through the year of their 25th birthday. Riders who have represented the United States on a senior international team are ineligible.
WORTH THE TRUST ADULT AMATEUR RIDER GRANTS
The Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships was established in honor of Ms. Joan Goswell's horse Worth the Trust. "Trusty" 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 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.
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 Endowment Trust 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 Roger Haller Scholarship for the Education of Eventing Officials
The USEA has established two educational scholarships in memory of the late Roger Haller. Designed to provide financial assistance to those licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the "R" license, the "S" license or the FEI licenses. The Scholarship may be used to offset the costs involved in gaining the necessary education and practical experience required to attain promotion. The sport is in urgent need of well-trained and committed officials who can serve at the highest international levels of the sport. No one was more aware of this need than Roger Haller and this was why he dedicated much of his time to the development of the USEA's educational programs. Officials seeking promotion may apply for the scholarship by completing the application form here.