Danielle Skaar and Norman. Photo by Tiffany Jenkins.

The Dressage Foundation’s Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund Awards Three Grants

The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to announce that grants from the Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund have been awarded to three riders.

Rose Keller of Norwich, VT, has been awarded a $1,000 grant to participate in the Dressage4Kids’ Winter Intensive Training Program. “The Aspden Fund Grant will allow my horse and I to get an education I had previously thought was wildly impossible. The opportunities and experiences I will have, thanks to this grant, will undoubtedly benefit me for the rest of my life. TDF’s ongoing support of youth dressage riders is an invaluable asset to our sport, and I will be forever grateful. ”

Rose Keller and Que. Photo by Amy Dragoo.

Danielle Skaar of Burbank, CA, will use her $1,000 grant to attend the 2018 USDF Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. “I would like to master First Level in the next year, so this grant will really help me to learn more during the educational sessions at Convention, and improve my skills as a horse person.”

Emma Teff of Renfrew, PA, has been awarded a $1,000 grant to participate in the Dressage4Kids’ Winter Intensive Training Program. “I will take advantage of every opportunity during the Program to prepare for my goal of competing in the FEI Junior division at NAYC next year. Ultimately, WIT will help me gain skills and insight that I will use for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to TDF for offering this generous grant to young dressage riders like myself.”

Emma Teff. Photo by Jordan Koepke.

The goal of TDF’s Cynthia Aspden Youth and Young Adult Development Fund is to provide financial assistance to youth and young adult riders (age 25 and under) to aid in their development in dressage. Grants will typically range in the amount of $250—$1,000, to be used for educational experiences that are not within the horse and rider’s typical training plan.

The grant application is available on The Dressage Foundation’s website with a deadline of September 1 of each year. For more information about this Fund, visit www.dressagefoundation.org or contact Jenny Johnson at 402-434-8585 or jenny@dressagefoundation.org.