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Grants & Scholarships

HDS Joe R. Bushager Grant

On July 11, 1989, the Houston Dressage Society established the Joe R. Bushager Memorial Grant to encourage talented, promising and dedicated riders in their pursuit of training in Dressage. The scholarship is intended for any activity involving both horse and rider (the applicant) that will make a significant impact on the horse/rider’s level of understanding of the principles of dressage as well as their level of achievement.

Applications accepted September 15 through December 31.  Please send completed application to the Education Chair

The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation has multiple Scholarships and Grants available to Junior/Young Riders, Adult Amateurs and Open Riders.  These include the Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs, the Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund and the Major Lindgren Instructor Grants and many, many more.

Please visit The Dressage Foundation's website to discover all the available grant, scholarship and educational  opportunities for dressage riders.

Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award

The vast majority of prizes and awards are won at horse shows by top competitors. Occasionally a trainer/instructor can apply for and receive a scholarship or grant for continuing education purposes. It is time to recognize those who teach well.

Recipients of the $5,000 Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award will have many, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • A USDF Region 9 member in good standing--permanent residence in Region 9. (Required)

  • A teacher of dressage, whether it is basics--Training through 1st-2nd level, mid-range 2nd-4th levels, or FEI.

  • Adherence to sound dressage principles, such as outlined by the USDF Training Pyramid.

  • The ability to communicate these principles of training so that students develop themselves and horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

  • A reputation for honesty, integrity and community/regional service. 

  • A USDF Certified Instructor, encouraged, though not required.

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