Dressage4Kids has opened applications for the D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship, which is awarded in memory of Christian Kennedy. The scholarship will fund one advanced rider aged 18-26, for the 2020 winter season in Wellington, Florida, January through March 2020.
As a young rider, Kennedy was known for his kindness and his horsemanship. Dressage4Kids, Kennedy’s family, and the equestrian community have chosen to remember him through programs and scholarships that reflect and recognize his understanding that horsemanship means much more than simply riding.
Grand Prix rider Emily Gill was the recipient of the inaugural D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship in 2019.
“I am taking this opportunity to ride for Christian,” Gill wrote. “I believe that he will be with us every step of the way and my goal is to make him and his family proud.”
The D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship will be awarded to promote, train and inspire young riders through a special winter training grant. The scholarship will provide funds up to $15,000 towards transportation to and from Wellington, stabling, training, showing expenses and living expenses. The selected rider must plan on bringing their own horse and will work under the training of Oded Shimoni at OS Dressage.
Interested riders must submit an application with information regarding recent training and clinic experience, a training video, a letter of recommendation, two references and a letter stating riding and life goals.
The selection committee is interested in an excellent rider who is also a well-rounded and committed student, a strong team player, and who has sound horsemanship skills.
For more information regarding the scholarship and the application process, please go to: