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    Does anyone know of a foundation which accepts donations
    to develop eventing riders who show particular talent for
    training level riders? I don't have a lot to contribute, but I
    would rather give what I can to a group that wants to support the grass roots rather than the Olympics. I would like to help
    in the development of people who want to work with riders
    on plain, ordinary horses, work in the hinterlands rather than
    on the coast, work with people who aspire to novice rather
    than advanced, work with working adults who cannot live
    horses 24/7 because they have other responsibilties. Is there
    such a foundation?
    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
    Elmwood, Wisconsin

  • #2
    American Horse Trials Foundation. They help up and coming riders by providing an organization for tax deductable donations to be collected and distributed to riders.

    Riders have to apply and be approved, and help with the fundraising.


    • #3
      Yep, AHTF. If you know a rider on the list, contact them directly to ask how your donation can make a difference.


      There are some big names on there, but there are also a lot of riders who are just trying to make a name for themselves and gain expertise so they can be valuable resources for the clientele you describe.
      Balanced Care Equine


      • #4
        I don't think you can qualify to receive AHTF funds until you have ridden at Intermediate so probably not what the OP is looking for. Why don't you give money to your local Pony Club?


        • #5
          IIRC it was either prelim or a CCI one star when my daughter applied.


          • #6
            Originally posted by tuppysmom View Post
            IIRC it was either prelim or a CCI one star when my daughter applied.
            I didn't recieve the information that I was eligible until after I completed a two star. However I don't think it matters. From the AHTF:

            "Riders who are bona fide national or international level competitors are eligible to apply for grants from the American Horse Trials Foundation to further their preparation for Olympic or World Championship competition. "

            So just the whole mission of the organization is not what the OP wants.

            Just a point: you can give money to anyone you want, but what drives the whole process is whether the donations are recognized by the IRS as tax deductible. The AHTF serves the purpose of tax deductiblity that you don't have if you give directly to a rider. The idea that the money is being used for development of Olympic competition is the caveat that allows the IRS to recognize deductibility.

            If you want to give to lower level riders AND deduct the give on taxes then you have to find a non-profit with the right status to do so. The "I just want to help regular Joes partake in an expensive sport" doesn't do much to motivate the IRS.


            • #7
              I would like to help
              in the development of people who want to work with riders
              on plain, ordinary horses, work in the hinterlands rather than
              on the coast, work with people who aspire to novice rather
              than advanced, work with working adults who cannot live
              horses 24/7 because they have other responsibilties.
              Supporting your local eventing association or Adult Riders group in funding the improvement of courses, officiating, footing, fence construction, availability of clinics, etc. is a good way to make your dollars work hard for lower level riders. No foundation required.

              Or, take more lessons from your own trainer if he/she is such a person. Win-win!
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              • #8

                I believe you can donate your funds in the form of a gift or scholarship, directly to your Area's eventing assoc. and earmark it specifically for Amateur Training level riders to use towards training fees, events entries, etc...

                Another way to do something, may be a gift towards the winning, 2nd place, 3rd place etc AA Training rider at your favorite event.

                I guess it depends on how you want to see your money used.

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                • #9
                  AHTF is NOT what you are looking for if you do not want to support riders who are trying to be competitive at the international level.

                  I agree with dw....support your local grassroots organization or Adult Riders program. Ear mark your USEA donations toward educational programs. Sponsor a scholarship or award to honor the type of person you are talking about. Donate and support the N3DE and T3DE programs. Support "intro to eventing" type programs. There's a lot of ways to support THIS type of person, but you may have to grow through some other programs to get the support there.


                  • #10
                    My daughter is a AHTF eligible rider who is not one who has tons of financial support, nor has she competed on any "teams". She does compete internationally as does everyone who enters a CIC or CCI event.

                    She has been fortunate to recieve a developing rider grant in the past, but the majority of her support comes from her own hard work, and from friends and family who use AHTF to donate to her.

                    She is headed back to Germany in a few weeks to work for a BNR there and to compete "internationally", but this will be entirely funded by her own sweat and the generous kindness of others.

                    So, AHTF is there for the up and coming riders too.


                    • #11
                      AHTF is a great thing. You can contact Donna, and ask her if she knows of a rider in particular that needs the funds. But I do believe you have to have qualified for the AHTF by completing at the minimum a 1*. And mostly a 2. but even still. There are plenty of people on there who could use the funds. LOL. I know of one in particular...BUT

                      I would do what DeltaWave suggested. Heck, go buy a gift certificate from a local saddle shop, so you are helping them out, then contact an event that has an Amateur Training competition, and donate it for a prize. It could even be best turnout, that way, it goes to someone who really would probably love it.

                      Not all the people that are doing the 2*s are rude, or arrogant, or rich. There are some really nice people on that list, who are barely making ends meet. I know a few who mostly teach the beginner, or novice Ammie...and do it with a smile on thier face, and are genuinely HAPPY when they beat out themselves on thier backyard pony!
                      May the sun shine on you daily, and your worries be gone with the wind.


                      • #12
                        AHTF takes a percentage of the funds donated for administration.

                        I would donate directly to an organization that you know will distribute funds in a fair or desired manner, or a person you trust, or a group that is not only needy but has a charter or bylaws and follows them. Your area's Adult Riders group might fit this bill and is a good place to start an annual scholarship program or guidelines, for training level riders perhaps interested in attending adult eventing camp, or a Training three-day event.
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                        • #13
                          Many of the USEA Affiliates (Local CTAs or EAs) focus on serving the lower level riders.

                          The Affiliates are all non-profits (they have to be to be an official Affiliate).

                          Many of the Affiliates already offer scholarships, or, if they don't, would be interested in doing so.

                          One way of addressing your goal would be to either fund an existing scholarship at an Affiliate, or set up and fund a new scholarship at an Affiliate.

                          You can work out, with the Affiliate, the criteria for awarding the scholarship, any restrictions on what it can be used for, and any follow up requirements (e.g., "you have to write up a newsletter article on how you used your scholarshio money")

                          You can find a list of Affiliates on the Affiliates page at the USEA web site.


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                          • #14
                            Don't let this stop you...

                            Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                            AHTF takes a percentage of the funds donated for administration.
                            Most charitable organizations take some of the donated funds for administration. It's important to be sure that MOST of your donations are used for the purpose of the charity.

                            What I like about the American Horse Trials Foundation is that I can donate money and ask that it be given to an entity... like for course improvement on a private farm that does recognized events AND get a tax deduction for my donation. Double bonus for me...

                            And, I do also donate to my Area, Adult Riders, Young Riders and the USEA Foundation. It's not big money but I like to support our sport every way I can...
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