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Scholarship Information


Scholarship Information

The CDS offers a variety of scholarship support for riders and chapters who would like financial help in achieving their equestrian goals, including:

Educational Event – no deadline
For educational events sponsored by a chapter / group / individual.

Individual Scholarship – no deadline
For any CDS member with a great educational idea

Judge Candidate Scholarship $500– no deadline
This scholarship is available to assist aspiring judge candidates to defray some of the significant expenses related to obtaining USEF certification. It is in the interest of growing the sport of dressage to encourage qualified L Program graduates to continue their education and to become the rated judges of the future, and to assist current judges to progress to higher ratings if desired.
To be considered, applicants must have been accepted to a specific program and must produce an acceptance letter along with the dates and place where the program will be held.

Hans Moeller Memorial Scholarship $1500 – deadline April 30
Individual rider scholarship, applicants must be 30 years of age or older and have competed at Third Level or above. A rider may receive this scholarship AND a competition travel grant the same year. Individuals who are amateurs or professionals may apply.

Jane Jackson Scholarship $1500 – deadline April 30
Individual rider scholarship, applicants must be under 30 years of age and have competed at Third Level or above. A rider may receive this scholarship AND a competition travel grant the same year. Individuals who are amateurs or professionals may apply.

Carol Plough Youth Scholarship Fund $500– deadline April 30
Individual rider scholarship, applicants must be 21 years of age or under, riding at First Level or above. Candidates are required to submit an application which describes what education the grant will be used for and include the candidates’ contributions to CDS. Applications will also require a letter of recommendation from an instructor or equestrian professional. The amount awarded will be increased as the fund grows.

Sharon Carpenter - Pomona Chapter Scholarship $500 deadline April 30 Individual rider scholarship, applicants must be 21 years of age or over, a member of Pomona Chapter for minimum one year, competed at Training level or above within the last three years and have contributed to the Pomona Chapter in a volunteer capacity within the last three years. Individuals who are amateurs or professionals may apply. Candidates are required to submit an application which describes for what education the grant will be used.

Linda O'Carroll Fund

Scholarship fund used to sponsor the CDS Adult Amateur Clinic

The CDS Club 100 - no deadline - To support junior riders and young riders who are competing at a minimum of Training Level. The Grant money can be used for any dressage educational purpose. If you are interested in a Club 100 Grant, please send an application to the CDS Central Office. Please include a copy of a test at Training Level or above. (As proof of eligibility) Both rider and owner must be members of CDS in good standing to be eligible for grants. Please include a copy of a test at Training Level or above.

Applications are available as a link above (Scholarship Forms and CLUB 100 Scholarship Form ) and from the CDS Central Office. You must telephone or write the Central Office to request an application for the program(s) for which you want to apply.

The Committee
The scholarships are awarded by a committee that meets several times a year.
The members are:


Elizabeth Lewis (925) 229-2200
Suzi Kuykendall (818) 269-2911
Patti Schofler (707) 763-1065
Pat Hart (714) 299-6507 Chair
Jan Curtis (949) 831-5658
Linda Barone (760) 518-7981
Kathy Goldstein ( 415) 892-4560


CDS Scholarship Awards $5,000 in 2014
Carpenter-Scholarship to: Wendy Fuire

Wendy Fuire Garden Grove, CA
I have been a member of the Pomona Chapter for over 20 years. This has been my fourth year serving on the Board.
I would use this Scholarship to further my training with my horse, Tip Top’s Jet. I have had to choose between showing more or training (for financial reasons). This past winter I chose to concentrate on training so I could have a successful show season this year. I plan to qualify for and compete at the Championships in Los Angeles at Fourth Level. I then plan on competing at Prix St George by the end of the year. I would also like to go through the “L” Program not only to judge, but to continue my education and to become a better instructor.

Jane Jackson awarded to: Jaclyn Pepper
Jaclyn Pepper Santa Rosa, CA
I have been a CDS member for 8 years; I am a member of the Sonoma County chapter.
If I am granted this funding from CDS the money will go toward sending my horse Taboo and I to Festival of Champions in New Jersey this June. Taboo and I are qualified to represent Region 7 in the Young Rider National Championships. We are currently ranked 5th in the country.
I currently train with Allison Mathy at Flying Cloud Farm in Petaluma. I trained with Laurie Falvo who was at Dove Hollow Dressage Center with us. I frequently clinic with Volker Brommann. I have also worked with Robert Dover, Debbie McDonnald, Jeremy Steinberg, and Jane Weatherwax.
I have achieved my USDF bronze and silver medals. I only need two Grand Prix scores to complete my gold medal. The plan is to do my first Grand Prix next
Hans Moeller awarded to: Barbi Breen-Gurley
Barbi Breen-Gurley Los Osos, CA
I have been a CDS member since 1972, and I am a member of the San Luis Obispo Chapter.
I have brought seven horses up to the Grand Prix level during my riding career; and my current gelding, Vindicator, is one of the best. He will be starting the Grand Prix this show season.
It is a large financial undertaking to keep current competitively and to get the excellent eyes on the ground necessary to keep improving. I do not have a sponsor so I must cover all these expenses myself. I have been a trainer and instructor since 1970 and I am earnest to share my knowledge with students and interested people both locally and wherever I may clinic.
I am a USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Bar Medalist. I have been on the developing or long list a number of times. In 2010, Octango and I won the CDS and USDF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championships. But shortly after he came down with Cushings disease and although we school daily, I have not been competing him.
Carol Plough awarded to: Brenna Cowan
Brenna Cowan Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Hello, my name is Brenna Cowan and I am applying for a scholarship through the CDS for individual riders under 21 years of age. I am 16, and a sophomore in high school. I just joined the CDS today! I joined the Pomona chapter, because I believe this is the one closest to where I live.
I am learning lower level dressage and want to compete at these levels in local shows. I got my first horse in December. He is a Thoroughbred trained in the lower levels. I think we make a good team and can work together to learn and move up the ranks of dressage. I would like to persuade my high school, Rancho Cucamonga High School, to recognize equestrian athletes.
I would like to use the scholarship money to start riding lessons with Janet Curtis. As soon as I am ready, I will start entering dressage shows.
CDS Educational Scholarships
Quadrille Committee $750. Awarded

Learning the Basics and Expanding Experience.
Description of Activity: Come join the CDS Quadrille Clinic and learn all about Quadrille. A skilled demonstration team will provide a great introduction. The clinic is open to individuals that are new to quadrille, individuals that have ridden on a team previously and want to further their skills, or for established teams looking to expand their experience. Clinic will include a mounted session on your horse in the afternoon
Educational Objectives: To provide an informative and instructional forum for dressage riders who are interested in learning about quadrille and to provide a safe environment in which there is an opportunity to ride in a group to learn some of the basic quadrille movements. For established quadrille teams, to provide an opportunity to work with the clinician to further develop their experience.
Club 100 Grant Fund
Sarah Ponzini $200 awarded

      The Mission of the Scholarship Committee (SC) is to provide financial support, in the form of specific grants, to promote and foster all aspects of membership education. Specifically, the Scholarship Committee will work to grant financial aid and support to Chapters that provide educational events which are consistent with the overall educational goals of CDS, and in compliance Committee guidelines. Individual scholarships shall be awarded based on guidelines established by the Committee in compliance with the wishes of the originator of the specific scholarship fund, when applicable. Scholarships will be awarded only to CDS chapters or CDS members who are domiciled in California or Nevada. Scholarship grants recommended by the SC must be approved by the CDS Executive Board.
      1. Committee membership. The Scholarship Committee consists of two individuals from each of the three CDS Regions. Appointments to the Scholarship Committee will be recommended jointly by the two elected Regional Directors, and approved by the CDS Board of Directors. Committee members may serve up to two, 3-year terms. Terms shall be staggered. The Chair shall be determined by vote of the sitting Committee members. One Committee member shall act as finance coordinator. One Committee member will act as the secretary. [NOTE: Descriptions of functions of Chair, Secretary and Finance Coordinator to be written by the SC.] One member of the CDS Board will serve as liaison between the Board and the Committee, but is not a voting member of the Committee. The CDS Treasurer is an exofficio member of the Scholarship Committee
   2. Meetings. The Scholarship Committee will hold a minimum of one face-to-face meeting each year which will coincide with the annual meeting of the California Dressage Society. Other meetings will be held by conference call. The schedule of meetings for the year will be established at the January meeting and these dates widely published throughout CDS to promote timely applications. The 2nd quarter meeting should be scheduled by mid May each year, to ensure prompt action on the applications submitted in accordance with the April 30th deadlines for the individual scholarships i.e. Jane Jackson, Hans Moeller, Carol Plough, etc. 3rd and 4th quarter meetings to be scheduled in August and October such that the minutes can be completed and submitted at the next CDS Board meeting. In order to conduct business, the scholarship committee must have a quorum of four out of six members present, whether personally present or present by telephone. All deliberations of the committee will be confidential and will be held in closed session. Minutes shall be submitted to the CDS Board detailing all actions taken by the Scholarship Committee and recommendations regarding scholarship grants and additional administrative issues pertaining to the effective functioning of the Committee. Once approved by the Board, these minutes shall be public.
      3. Funding: The Scholarship Fund is supported by the proceeds of the Educational Endowment Fund, 60% of the Chapter Basket Silent Auction, and from CDS Pylon sales. These funds are invested, and the total amount available for scholarships in any given year depends on the income produced by these investments. The amounts available for scholarships will comprise 75% of the prior year’s interest and dividend income earned by the Fund. . The remaining 25% will be returned to the capital of the scholarship fund. In addition, CDS receives scholarship income from a variety of bequests and individual donations. Bequests and donations will be deemed donations to capital unless stipulated otherwise by the donor at the time of making the donation. The committee will not invade capital to award scholarships except in extraordinary circumstances. All funding recommendations by the Committee must be approved by the CDS Executive Board.
      a. By November 1st of each year, the Committee shall develop and submit to the Board a proposed budget for educational and rider scholarships as well as administrative expenses for operation of the Committee based on estimates of available funds for the coming year.
      b. The CDS Treasurer is the signatory on the Scholarship account.
      c. The CDS Board of Directors will approve all scholarship grants.
      d. For the January meeting, Treasurer and SC Finance Coordinator will review and provide information on all funds available for scholarship grants including: General Scholarship Fund, Club 100, Carol Plough, Sharon Carpenter, Linda O'Carroll ,and Bobby Keville Funds. For the amount available from the General Fund, specific detailed information on what the amount is to cover will be provided.
      4. Awards: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the merit of the proposal. Scholarship awarded may not be for the full amount requested. Applications will be considered four times a year. The deadline for applications will be January 1 to be considered for the first quarter, April 30th for the second quarter, August 1 for the third quarter and October 15th for the final quarter of the year. If a particular application is denied, it can be resubmitted for consideration at subsequent meetings. Scholarships may be considered after the fact for activities already held when those activities meet the criteria.
      5. Scholarship Applications: Chapter Educational Scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to Chapters to offer educational events that might not break even on their own. In addition to detailed descriptions of the planned program, all applicants must submit a current Treasurer's report, bank account balance and program budget detailing expected revenues and expenses for the program. (Successful applicants shall be awarded 75% of the approved amount, and up to all of the remaining 25% upon completion of the program and submission of a final program summary and financial report (including a profit & loss statement) to the Committee.
Scholarship Forms Available


To apply for a scholarship write to:
California Dressage Society
Paula Langan, Office Manager
P.O. Box 417
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

CDS Competition Travel Grant Program

To establish an orderly process for the allocation of funds to aid travel by CDS members residing in California and Nevada who have been selected for participation in National and International dressage competition.


A sub committee of four members of the CDS Executive Board as appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Board.

Allocated funds are to be maintained in a separate account category by the CDS treasurer. Funds are to be derived from the $3 fee per horse at CDS recognized competitions, funds from the CDS general fund and additional funds obtained through active fund raising efforts for this specific purpose.

Early each calendar year the committee will designate those competitions which will be considered for grants during the coming year. A designated amount will be budgeted for each venue and this amount will be distributed equally among qualified participants. Depending upon the number of qualifying events each year a grant will usually be between $500 and $1500. The ceiling amount per eligible candidate is $2,500 per calendar year. Unused amounts can be carried forward into the next year.

Intent forms:

Riders who would like to be considered for a grant during the calendar year must have a letter of intent on file in the CDS office before the event. Forms for the CDS Competition Travel Grant are available online and from the CDS office. The CDS Competition Travel Grant for the current year listing the eligible competitions will also be printed in Dressage Letters.

Payment of Grants:
Payments will normally be made upon return from the event for which the grant has been made. If both the owner and rider of a horse apply, the grant will be split, otherwise the grant goes to the applicant, which has traditionally been the rider.

Rider and owner must both be members of CDS in good standing to be eligible for grants. Riders are expected to comply with reasonable requests for service to the memberships in return for obtaining grant funds.


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