Adult Amateur, Young Rider and Open Grant Information


For 2017, the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) will award three grants of $750 each to three adult amateur (AA) members,  (1) one $750 grant to a young rider (YR) age > 14 –  < 21, and one $750 grant to an Open rider, in good standing with the club. Good standing means that current club dues are paid in full and eight hours of volunteer time have been accumulated by the applicant or donated to the applicant (see below for details). Use of the scholarships shall be restricted to dressage education related activities. These may include lessons with applicant’s personal instructor or another instructor, attendance at a clinic or symposium, attendance at a dressage camp, etc.  The scholarships may not be used to purchase tack, clothing or feed; make trailer payments; attend a non-dressage educational activity, etc. The scholarships must be used by December 31, 2017. If you are not able to use the scholarship money by December 31, 2017, KDA requests that it be returned in order to benefit another member for the following year’s lottery.

Applicants must complete an application that will be reviewed by the KDA Education Committee. They must also provide proof of AA status by either (1) providing a copy of their USEF AA card or (2) signing a statement if they are not members of USEF, and have 4+ volunteer hours, (4 hours performed by the applicant not donated). Young riders must provide proof of age by submitting a copy of their KY driver’s license or copy of their birth certificate with their application. Applications will be reviewed to ensure that they conform to the spirit and intent of the Scholarship’s purpose.


If more than three approved (AA) or two YR  and Open applications are received, the winners will be selected by a random drawing at the Annual Meeting and Award’s Banquet to be held on November 19, 2016, at The Lexington Country Club, Lexington, Kentucky, by a non-board member.

An applicant can only win one scholarship per year and the additional entries will be handled as follows-

  • Each personal four hours of volunteer time will be counted as one entry with a maximum of four entries per applicant (i.e., if you have 20 personal, non-donated volunteer hours, your name will go into the drawing four times the original entry plus your 3 extra entries) for purposes of the lottery selection.
  • Volunteer hours are earned from November 1st through October 31st of the following year.   (See the volunteer form on the KDA website for ways to earn volunteer hours for future drawings.)

Acceptance of a scholarship obligates the recipient to write an article for the KDA newsletter within 2 months of the conclusion of their training. The article should describe how the scholarship was used and how it benefited the recipient. Additionally, the trainer or clinic/symposium organizer must confirm in writing that the training occurred or was attended. KDA will also have the right to publish photos in the newsletter or for future advertising if it so chooses.  Those chosen for the scholarship one year must sit out the next year.

$375 will be given to the recipient upon award. The remaining $375 will be given upon receipt of the article for the KDA newsletter.

Applications must be received by November 5, 2016. Please click here for an application form.