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January 2, 2013

Dressage Foundation Awards $10,000 To Dressage Instructors

The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship program, funded through The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund.  The Lindgren Scholarships provide financial support that enables dressage instructors to train in a concentrated amount of time in order to improve teaching, riding, and training skills.  This year, the Selection Committee chose the following recipients:

Stacey Hastings (Mooresville, NC) was awarded the $6,000 Lindgren Scholarship.  Stacey has been a dressage trainer for over 25 years and is based at Full Circle Farms in Statesville, NC. She has trained and competed a number of horses through the FEI levels, has had many successful students, and is also a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th Level. 

Anne Aloi (Chesapeake, VA) is the recipient of a $2,000 Lindgren Scholarship.  She has been instructing for over 30 years, from Training Level through Prix St. Georges.  Anne is a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medallist and has volunteered her time with the Full Circle Pony Club in Statesville, NC and acted as the chef d'equipe for the winning FEI youth team at the 2012 USDF Region One Youth Team Competition.

Donna Meyer (Bryan, TX) was also awarded a $2,000 Scholarship.  She has been a dressage instructor for over 29 years, teaching Intro through Fourth Levels.  Additionally, Donna is a USEF "r" Judge, a USDF Associate Instructor, and an active competitor, having earned her Bronze and Silver Medals.  

Since 1996, The Dressage Foundation has offered annual instructor scholarships in Major Anders Lindgren's name.  Major Lindgren was an accomplished dressage rider, having won the 1971 Swedish Dressage Championship and ridden on the Swedish Olympic Team in 1972.  He also won the Scandinavian Eventing Championship in 1959.  Lindgren's contribution to American dressage was large, as he was solidly committed to the education of U.S. dressage instructors.  Over a ten-year period, almost 1,000 participating instructors learned from his systematic, structural approach to teaching dressage at the USDF/Violet Hopkins National Seminars for Dressage Instructors, and then at the National Symposium.  Major Lindgren passed away in 2010, at the age of 85.  The Dressage Foundation is proud to offer these important scholarships in his honor.

Applications for the three Lindgren scholarships are due to The Dressage Foundation by September 30th of each year.  A Grant Selection Committee will review each application and determine the recipients, if qualified applications are received.  For more information about the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarships and The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.

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 www.dressagefoundation.org.