The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are open for the inaugural Alvin Topping Governance Grant, which will be awarded to one USHJA member 25 years old or younger to assist them with attending the USHJA or USEF Annual Meeting. The USHJA Annual Meeting will be Dec. 8-12 in Denver. The USEF Annual Meeting will be Jan. 8-11 in West Palm Beach, Florida
The $500 grant was established by an anonymous donor to honor Topping’s work in equestrian sport governance, including his commitment to the establishment and success of USHJA.
Topping was a USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor recipient and was named the first USHJA Director Emeritus. He has also trained many riders, horses, and ponies in the jumper and hunter disciplines who have achieved national, zone and state recognition competing successfully at some of the sport’s most prestigious horse shows.
Eligibility requirements for the grant are: being an active USHJA member age 25 or younger, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and demonstrating financial need. The grant may only be received by an individual once.
The deadline to apply for the grant is Oct. 15. The decision for the grant will be made by Nov. 1, and applicants will be notified of the decision via email.