The Dressage Foundation Announces New Karen Skvarla Fund Grants For Young Dressage Professionals

Sep 2, 2014 - 8:00 AM
Karen Skvarla and Corkey.

August 29, 2014 – The Dressage Foundation has announced that new grants will be available for young dressage professionals through the Karen Skvarla Fund.  This Fund was established by Diane Skvarla, in memory of her sister, Karen.

Karen was a budding equestrian when she passed away in 1968 at the age of 9 years old.  Her family created this Fund to honor Karen, her love of horses, and joy in riding.  The purpose of the Karen Skvarla Fund is to provide grants enabling young dressage professionals to pursue training or educational opportunities.  Grant applicants should be in the beginning stages of their dressage careers as instructors and/or trainers.

The Karen Skvarla Fund grant selection committee will especially look for applicants who are eager to grow and improve, and who are fair and respectful to both students and horses.

“This is such a special way to honor the memory of Karen,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director.  “We appreciate the generosity of the Skvarla Family, and other future donors, who wish to provide important help for those just starting their professional dressage career.”

One annual $300 – $500 grant will be available at this time.  Applications are due on or before February 15th of each year.  A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision no later than April 15th.  The application can be found at under the Dressage Instructors section of “Apply for a Grant.”

For more information about the Karen Skvarla Fund or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585, by email at, or visit

The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage.  The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels.  For more information, please visit

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