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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 – October 15
For educational events sponsored by a chapter / group / individual.

Individual Scholarship – October 15
For any CDS member with a great educational idea

Judge Candidate Scholarship $500– deadline April 30
This Scholarship will be considered from April 30 to April 29 of the following year. 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 - deadline April 30
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) 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:


Nancy Szakacs (408) 476-4743
Ruth Shirkey (408) 602-0994
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 $8,100 in 2017

Jane Jackson awarded to: Chelsea Peroni
Chelsea Peroni Shingle Springs, CA
I have been a member of CDS since 2009, and currently belong to the Sacramento Valley Chapter. I have been around horses my entire life, and began riding at a jumper barn when I was about 8 years old. My mother rode dressage with Ericka Reinig at KEFA Performance Horses at a local breeding farm. During that time she bred and produced three riding horses.
In 2009 I began riding dressage, with Ericka, on D’Avenir, the first of the foals from my mom’s mare. I spent the whole summer at the breeding farm riding and working in the breeding program. I learned all aspects of breeding, mare management, and foal handling. Over the years my education continued and in 2012 I became a working student turning my attention to starting and training young horses both in-hand and under saddle. This has given me the opportunity to ride and train horses through all levels.
Currently I am a Senior at UC Davis and I graduate this fall with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. In addition to riding with Ericka I have cliniced with Jan Ebeling, last year I participated in the CDS JR/YR Clinic with Charlotte Bredahl, and I have cliniced on a regular basis with Kathleen Raine starting in 2012.
After graduation I plan to go ride and train in Germany. This scholarship will go towards this educational endeavor. When I return from Germany I will continue at KEFA Performance Horses as Assistant Trainer. I plan combining everything I learn in Germany with my existing experience and my Animal Science degree to become a better rider and member of the dressage community.

Hans Moeller awarded to: Patty Mayer
Patty Mayer Santa Rosa Valley, CA
I was invited by Robert Dover to train with him this winter with my horse Cato. Robert feels Cato can become a quality competitive Grand Prix horse and that he can help me to train Cato from Inter 1 to Grand Prix. Currently we are having trouble with the passage as I am having trouble explaining it to Cato from the saddle but we have a good start at piaffe and the one's. Cato (like many Jazz/Johnson) tends to get a bit of a short, high neck and keeping him through in the half halts and transitions is key to training him. I have been successful but not perfect in that and need to get better.
Since I initially applied in October, I sent Cato to Robert and was spending half my time in Florida training on Cato and the other half in California training my other horses and my clients' horses. Unfortunately, I tore an ACL and did some other damage to my right leg in Florida so I am limited to watching and coaching until the middle of March. That means that Cato will stay with Robert longer than I had initially planned.
The cost of board and training with Robert for 4 months (inclusive of flying Cato back and forth but exclusive of showing in Florida) is nearly $50,000. I would use the scholarship to offset a small portion of those expenses.
My goals are three fold: (1) to learn more so I can teach my students and train my and their horses more effectively and to a higher standard; (2) to get help moving Cato up from PSG/I-1 to Grand Prix; and (3) to return to riding and showing at an elite level.
Giving Back: I train several local professional riders and I strongly believe that my time with Robert will help me help them and will also help them help their students. In addition, two of my professional students and one of my amateur students will join me in Florida for part of the season. In particular I want them to experience horse care and training at an elite level. In this way, I hope to help the dressage community in Southern California. I will also be keeping a set of training notes which I plan on publishing in the form of a blog or newsletter
I started riding seriously as a 9 year old at Foxfield in Westlake Village and there met the amazing and life-changing Hilda Gurney. After Grad School and Law School and a year clerking for a Federal Judge I moved to San Francisco and bought Exakt as a colt from Jeff Moore and Liz Searle. Within weeks of breaking him, I started riding him with Hilda and it changed my life. I trained him with Hilda's amazing help up through the Grand Prix and for the latter part of his career trained mainly with Conrad Schumacher (including spending several moths with him in Germany), Albrecht Heidemann and Kyra Kyrklund (with whom I studied for 18 months in England).


Sharon Carpenter awarded to: Maria Michaelson
Maria Michaelson Long Beach, CA
I have been a CDS Pomona Chapter member since 2002 and for the past 12 years have been a volunteer committee member of the Pomona Chapter’s Year End Awards and Banquet.
I have spent the past two years competing at Second Level and this IS the highest level I have ever competed at.
The purpose of this scholarship would be to use the money granted to enable me to clinic a few more times this year with recommended clinicians when they are here in Southern California. I would like to be able to ride 2 days in a row as the 2nd day always builds on itself and that’s when physical and mental break-throughs happen. I am self-employed and work within a tight budget that allows me to have my lessons and only compete about 6 times a year so I need to pick and choose when I can show. That means having the chance to ride in a clinic when a particular clinician is in town is not always feasible, nor possible.
My horse Wasabi (aka Wally) will be 14 years next month and is Dutch Warmblood that I have owned since he was an untrained green 5 years old. I may be moving up the levels slowly but I want to be able to accomplish the training pyramid with consistent lightness and power as required to keep moving up the levels and maybe someday become an FEI rider together with my partner Wally.
I have trained with Wendy Fuire since my debut in Dressage in 2002 and continue training with Wendy currently to this day. Over the past few years, I have had the chance to ride in clinics with Alfredo Hernandez, Willy Arts, Sabine Schut-Kerry, Judy Westlake and Volker Brommann.

Carol Plough awarded to: Lindsey Brewin
Lindsey Brewin Goleta, CA
My name is Lindsey Brewin and I am a 19 year old college student at UC Santa Barbara as well as an I-1 rider with a passion for the art of dressage. I am a hard worker, a quick learner, and a responsible and appreciative person, seeking help with funding so that I can continue my dressage education and achieve my goal of competing Grand Prix with my horse Vaillant. I love to pursue knowledge and am studying biopsychology while also being a member of the University's College of Letters and Sciences Honors Program. While I love to continue my education academically, this places a financial strain that causes my dressage pursuits to come second. Despite my busy schedule as a student and high school tutor, I continue to ride Vaillant every day, never letting my time struggles result in him not receiving the utmost attention and care. I would like to receive funding so that I can continue to take lessons and clinics, as I train by myself on a day-to-day basis and would like help accomplishing what I know Val and I are capable of. My ultimate goal in my life is to achieve a balanced success in many different aspects and dressage is the one that gives me the most joy and feelings of peace. I would greatly appreciate funding so that I can continue to do what I love, while still educating myself academically.
I have been training in dressage since 2007 and began competing in 2008. In 2009, I placed 2nd in the Region 7 JR Training Level Championship and first in the CDS JR Training Level Championship. In 2011, I received my USDF Bronze Medal as well as my 2nd Level Rider Performance Award and placed 7th Nationally for 2nd Level JR/YR Year End Awards. In 2012, I was on the 2nd Level champion team at the Northern CDS JR/YR Championships. In 2013 I was the CDS 3rd Level Champion and received the yearly JR high point award at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center. In 2013 my horse Val and I also competed at the North American Jr/Yr Championships and were on the silver medal team. In 2014 we went to NAJYRC again and were on the gold medal team for the FEI Young Rider division. In 2015 we were again apart of the gold medal YR team and placed 9th in the Freestyle. In 2016 at the CDS Championships Val and I placed 3rd in the I-1 open and were the I-1 Freestyle Champions.
I have trained with Nadine Pestana since 2007, with help from her assistant Jamie Pestana over the years. I have cliniced with Debbie McDonald (2011), Dennis Callin (2011), Adrienne Lyle (2013), Laura Graves (2015/6), Jeremy Steinberg (2013-2016), Robert Dover (2014), Larissa Mantor (2016), George Williams (2013, 2015) and receive help from Charlotte Bredahl as often as my schedule permits since 2015.
Last season I competed Val at I-1 for a very successful year, receiving a 69.7% and 75.5% at the CDS Championships in the open and freestyle division, respectively. I plan to show I-2 locally this year, but devote most of my time to clinics in order to move up to the U25 Grand Prix in 2018. Thank you for your consideration.

RAAC South - Karen Nocket
I have a non-traditional dressage horse (retired Thoroughbred race horse) that has so much potential. We will be showing Prix St. Georges this year and will start schooling the Intermediate 1 movements. Ken’s Kitten is very smart, capable and hard working – his trot is wonderful to ride, his canter is very difficult to ride. In order to reach my goal of Grand Prix in two years, I need the help of some very creative professionals.
Here is a basic outline I am working towards:
2017 – Improve my seat, legs and overall position. Learn to better ride from the backend of the horse to the front. Learn to separate my hands/arms from my body and develop a softer connection. Learn the exercises and methods to get greater bend, suppleness and push from behind at the canter. Learn to get Kitten to relax in the half passes, flying changes and pirouettes – polish my 4s and 3s to perfection.
2018 – Continue to improve my riding. Show the I1 test while improving suppleness and hindquarter strength. Fine tune the zig zags, flying changes and pirouettes – polish my 2s!!! Develop the piaffe and passage to ensure they have lift and are on demand.
2019 – Show Grand Prix. I see that my riding must be very accurate and competent as well as a pleasure to watch by the time I get here. The one movement I stress the most about is the changes.
I hope you can see that I have thought about my next three years and what I need to do to improve. The scholarship funds will be put to very good use as I intend to use the money to travel to expert dressage trainers in Southern California for 1on1 help. I have summarized two key areas to get help with: 1) my riding improvements, and 2) developing a supple horse that can use his hindquarters to deliver the upper level movements.
Palos Verdes CDS Co-Chair from 2015 to 2018
Contributed articles for the CDS Newsletter
Organized and ran the PVCDS Chapter Ride a Test in 2015 and 2016
Organized dressage clinics and events for the PVCDS Chapter
Chapter meeting guest speakers – Platinum Performance, Farriers, Vets (Legs, Colic), Chiropractor, and others
North - no applications
Central - no applications


Judge Candidate Scholarship - $500
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.
Melissa Creswick
Katy Barglow

CDS Educational Scholarships
Lake County Chapter $1,500. Awarded
Summary: The Lake County CDS chapter will be holding a 3-day educational event on April 7,8, and 9, 2017, to inform our members about Equine Biomechanics. The information will be presented by the instructor, Jillian Kreinbring, through lectures and hands-on labs, but no riding. Lake County CDS has offered to subsidize our members for $150 each to attend this course; 10 members are taking advantage of this so that they do not have to pay the full price of $350 per participant. Therefore, Lake County CDS will be spending $1500.00 from our treasury to present this biomechanics course. Highland Springs Equestrian Center is donating its space for the course, and Jillian will be lodging with one of our members, so we do not have to pay facility or hotel fees. We also have 2 former members of the Mendocino CDS Chapter attending. We would like to request consideration for an educational scholarship to offset our expenses. Thank you very much for considering our request.
Description of the activity:
To strengthen and enhance equine well-being, it is important to ride and work horses in healthy postures. Throughout this course, students will connect the why and how of balance and collection to understand how a horse’s anatomy, muscular development, and movement patterns affect his performance under saddle.
The course consists of five lectures:
- Introduction Lecture: Looking at Your Horse ~ A New Perspective
- Examining Anatomy and Function of the Equine Head and Neck
- Equine Forequarters, Back, and the Importance of the Abdominal and Psoas Musculature
- Connection: The Hindquarters and the Significance of the Lumbo-Sacral Joint
- Coming Full Circle: The Mechanics of Balance & Collection
Description of educational objectives:
The lecture series explains healthy movement in depth and gives learners the opportunity to develop their eye so they can see healthy and unhealthy postures. Students will:
- Learn what to look for in healthy movement and muscular development.
- Discover what creates a healthy posture in riding horses.
- Evaluate a horse’s posture and anatomy from a new perspective.
- Add tools to develop horses’ postural strength.
- Evaluate horses’ anatomies and conformations.
- Identify key palpation points of the horse.
- Discuss observations of lab horses and make recommendations on how to sup-port each horse according to its conformation and stage of development

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.
Griffin Denham
Raquel G Frolich
Lindsey Brewin
Brylee Flores
Abigail Sietsma
Eismael Sandoval
Anna Chan                      

      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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