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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.

RAAC Scholarship
Individual rider scholarship, applicants must be 22 years of age or older, possess a USEF Amateur Card and have competed at any level. Rider must have ridden in the Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) and use the scholarship funds for dressage education or competition. Three scholarships will be available each year, one from the North, one from the Central and one from the South Region. A $200 scholarship will be available to each Region.

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
Louise Koch (805) 449-8787
Linda Barone (760) 518-7981
Kathy Goldstein ( 415) 892-4560


CDS Scholarship Awards $9,000 in 2015

Judge Candidate Scholarship $500– awarded to Joan Williams


Sharon Carpenter awarded to Mylene Chow Jugan
Mylene Chow Jugan Yorba Linda, CA
If chosen as a recipient of the Sharon Carpenter Scholarship, I would choose to apply the funds to assist me in attending- additional clinics throughout the year offered not only by the Pomona Chapter, but also by other clinicians and chapters to further my riding skills. I am currently the owner/rider of an eighteen year old Dutch Warmblood who I have owned now for nine years. I om currently showing third level and a Junior rider is showing him at Prix St. Georges. I have trained consistently for the past fourteen years with Tiffany Kell-Brinton. I have participated in clinics with Gerhard Politz , Alfredo Hernandez, Melanie· Kessler, and was fortunate enough to be chosen to ride in the Southern Adult Amateur clinic when Debbie McDonald was the featured clinician. As a senior adult amateur, I have struggled with various aspects of my riding. Although age and bad knees hold me back, I love the sport of dressage and am determined to continue riding for as many more years as possible.

Jane Jackson awarded to: Amelia Newcomb
Amelia Newcomb  Simi Valley, CA
This scholarship would help me get the coaching I need to finish my horse, Trump to the Grand Prix and get my Gold Metal on a horse that I trained myself. I have had Trump since he was a 3 year old. I broke him as a young horse and competed him up through the Intermediate B Level. I am hoping to compete at the Intermediaire II and Grand Prix in 2015. It has been an amazing and challenging process to bring him up the levels. I have enjoyed and cherished this process and I believe that for the success of the U.S. dressage team it is essential that we develop and train our own horses. This scholarship would be used for clinics and coaching with Christine Traurig, Sue Martin and Juan Matute, all of whom have helped me along the way with Trump. I really value my education and want to continue to get the best coaching available so that I can become a top rider.

Hans Moeller awarded to: Jaki Hardy
Jaki Hardy  Santa Rosa, CA
I have been a member of CDS for 15 years and belong to Sonoma Chapter. I am applying for this scholarship to help with show fees and training. I have been studying for the Instructor Certification and USEF license for the past few years, leaving very little finances left over for showing and training. My mare is showing at Int-1 and I’m hoping to bring her up to Grand Prix. I am a trainer and instructor plus a’ r ‘judge. I am on my local chapter education committee and all investment in my education will contribute to my students and the dressage community. I have shown many horses and qualified for regional championships most years. I have not always elected to go as this past 5-6 years has been spent getting certified and licensed. I am a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th level and a USEF judge “r”. I am hoping to get as much showing in this year as possible, as I have two FEI horses to compete.
I work regularly with Lilo Fore and Volker Brommann and have for 20 years. I have ridden with many clinicians, most recently / regularly with Conrad Schumacher.
I am a USDF bronze and silver medalist hoping to finish my Gold medal this year..
Hans Moeller #2 awarded to: Tiffany Kell Brinton
Tiffany Kell Brinton  Placentia, CA
I have been a CDS Pomona Chapter member, since 1988 / 1989.
As a dressage trainer for the past 26 years my main focus is to develop my junior and amateur riders to the best of their ability. They are the foundation of this sport. I have always felt strongly that my continued education directly influences my client’s riding.
Dressage is about learning a distinct, quiet form of communication with your horse. Dressage is using that light, pointed communication to better the balance, strength and suppleness of the rider’s horse. Dressage is an amazing tool to create harmony between horse and rider regardless of the horse breed or equestrian discipline.
By continuing my education as a rider and trainer and coach, I hope to better all of those riders I get to work with.
Not only have I developed many bronze and silver medal dressage riders, I have used my dressage principles to create everything from great, safe trail horses and riders as well as built a solid riding foundation on hunt seat and jumper riders.

Carol Plough awarded to: Kelsea Nataren
Kelsea NIcole Nararen  Chino Hills, CA
I have submitted my letter of intent to compete at the 2015 USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals in August. I am honored to be invited and super excited and nervous to travel to a National event. I am currently train with Sarah Lockman in Chino Hills, CA and clinic monthly with Peggy Klump. Currently showing at 3rd Level my Welsh Cob. ME Imagine and I are already qualified for Regionals and hope to continue our training so we can do well at the competition again this year. My hope is to continue training and to compete as a Young Rider in the next few years. I graduate from High School this year and will start at Mt.San Antonio College in the fall. I have enrolled under their Vet Tech associates program with hopes to transfer to Cal Poly when finished. I believe that with your help that I can represent the dressage community in a positive light as a young person striving to grow as a rider and willing to work hard to earn both training and support where possible.
In the summer of 2013 we began working with Sarah Lockman who was then at Shadow Ridge in Highland CA. I went to Del Mar that year for JR Championships which had been a goal for me and my family. My dad was so proud. I turned 16 and started driving that year and drove to Highland daily to work with Sarah again doing anything I could to help trade for training.
I hope you will consider me worthy of assistance. My parents are amazingly supportive but there is only so much they can do. I work in trade daily and do all that I can to subsidize the costs of competing and training but I need help to continue to dream big and shoot high. I promise to make you proud
CDS Educational Scholarships
San Luis Obispo Chapter $693.57. Awarded

In the past our chapter has done New Test Clinics and had great auditor participation, 50-60 people, so I was expecting and planning for 40-50. When only 18 showed up, I was very surprised, dismayed and disappointed.
That being said, the clinic with Melissa Creswick was GREAT! She really concentrated on explaining the differences in the directives in the tests, and had all the new &/or difficult movements shown. She was also able to do a little teaching with the couple of horses/riders that were having some difficulty, which I and the auditors really enjoyed. She explained, and had shown, some great exercises and the comments and expressions from the auditors were very positive.
I had originally budgeted to have a small loss on the clinic, $127.00, but our chapter can afford that. An almost $700.00 loss is more than we can afford so I am requesting an Educational Scholarship of $693.57 to cover that loss.

Ventura Chapter $1,000. Awarded
The Ventura Chapter is hosting a Sport Horse Conformation Clinic with Dr. Christian Schacht of Germany, along with 2 days of private riding sessions Friday June 12, 2015 through Sunday June 14, 2015 at White Birch Farm in Moorpark CA, courtesy of Judy Bergquist. I have worked with Dr. Schacht for the past 4-5 years after meeting him as a clinician at the Horse Expo in Pomona.
Dr. Christian Schacht is a Veterinarian; German riding, breeding, and management “master”, licensed dressage, eventing, and international show jumping judge; and Retired Breeding Director of the International Sport Horse Registry (ISR) Oldenburg North America. He is a published Author of several books about riding and maintaining the soundness of horses. He has 3 Masters Degrees in equine disciplines and currently resides in Germany.
I plan on promoting this clinic to all CDS chapters, USDF, Judges, L Judges by contacting all local feed & tack stores and mailings to many training facilities within Southern California. As well as email blasts, chapter website, and Facebook.

Lake County Chapter $350. Awarded
required test moves for the freestyle programs at the different levels, focusing on the lower levels. She will talk about how to choreograph the music to match the horse’s gaits and will show videos of various levels of freestyle programs as examples. There will be 4 riders to demonstrate how horses have different gait movements. She will then play music and show us how to match the horse’s gaits as they walk, trot and canter.
The educational objective is to introduce our Chapter Members and others to freestyle. To demonstrate how to correlate their horses gaits to music with changes in the music to match the different gaits. To offer guidelines of how to begin to choreograph a freestyle program and inspire riders to not be intimidated by musical freestyle competition. We are a small Chapter and hope to generate more interest in Dressage in our county. This is a great opportunity to reach out to the local horse community of all ages and promote Dressage.
Club 100 Grant Fund
The CDS Club 100 has budgeted certain funds for each calendar year. CDS would like 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. Both rider and owner must be member of CDS in good standing to be eligible for grants. Grants are up to $200, to be given to juniors wanting help with lessons or costs for an educational event. Grants are also available for Chapter Junior events. Payment is made directly to the event or clinician.
Sarah Ponzini                        Kylia Baker
Veronica Sandoval               Johanna Paine
Kelsea Nataren                      Rielly Strahan
Isabella Pavone                     Cyd Curle
Gabriela Glumac                    Lily Bennett

      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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