New Fund Created at The Dressage Foundation… Freestyle “Dancing Horse Fund”

An enthusiastic group has established the "Dancing Horse Fund" at The Dressage Foundation. The Fund organizers are Foundation Board members Clay Teske, Lois Arnold, Lazelle Knocke, Kay Meredith, and USDF ...An enthusiastic group has established the "Dancing Horse Fund" at The Dressage Foundation. The Fund organizers are Foundation Board members Clay Teske, Lois Arnold, Lazelle Knocke, Kay Meredith, and USDF ...

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An enthusiastic group has established the "Dancing Horse Fund" at The Dressage Foundation. The Fund organizers are Foundation Board members Clay Teske, Lois Arnold, Lazelle Knocke, Kay Meredith, and USDF Freestyle Committee members Michael Matson and Wendy Insinger. The mission of the fund is "to promote participation in, and improve the qualities of, Musical Freestyle at all levels of Dressage." The objectives of the Fund are:

* Promote participation in musical freestyle dressage at all levels
* Improve the technical and artistic quality of musical freestyles at all levels
* Create a linkage to Dressage judges’ education programs in support of continuing education for Dressage officials with respect to the scoring of musical freestyle tests, and provide a forum for receiving feedback from the judging community
* Provide help at the local and regional levels through programs to assist competitors in the selection and editing of music appropriate to their horse, and in choreography appropriate to the horse’s level of training
* To obtain quality audio sound systems for Freestyle events
* Support the creation of regional networks of clinicians specializing in musical freestyle Dressage
* Support the advancement of other forms of riding to music that are closely related to musical freestyle Dressage, such as pas de deux and quadrilles
* Form a stronger connection with the artistic community as a means of improving the artistic content of musical freestyles, gaining broader audience awareness and support for the sport as a whole, and establishing technically correct and aesthetically pleasing musical freestyle Dressage as an art form in its own right.

The Dressage Foundation has established this Fund; will promote the Fund and solicit donations to it; provide stewardship for the donated assets, manage an application process for receiving proposals and requests for grants; and maintain a committee to evaluate and select proposals for funding.

For more information about this fund, contact:

The Dressage Foundation, 130 North 10th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 Phone (402) 434-8585; johnboomer@aol.com.