USA Equestrian Trust Awards First Round of 2013 Grants

The USA Equestrian Trust announced July 17 that it has awarded nearly $210,000 in grants for 10 projects submitted by equine nonprofits during the first of the foundation's two 2013 application periods.

Projects that received funding included:

  • The American Youth Horse Council received $5,000 to support its annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry through demonstrations, presentations, and discussions.
  • The Dressage Foundation received $5,000 to help revamp its website and offer an improved online experience for visitors.
  • Healing Horses & Armed Forces received $15,600 to assist its equine therapy program for veterans.
  • The Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, Inc., received $35,000 to replace the aging lighting system at the park's indoor arena to better serve its expanded clinic and educational program activities.
  • The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Inc., received $25,000 to assist in the creation of a dedicated horse path at the Kentucky Horse Park to enhance safety for horses and riders.
  • The USEF Equine Health Research Fund received $21,173 for a research project at the University of Minnesota that is using next-generation whole genome sequencing to search for a genetic basis for shivers.
  • The USEF U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup received $50,000 to assist in hosting the 2014 International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. The trust previously provided grant funding for the U.S. team's 2012 victory in South Africa.
  • The USEF U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team received $10,000 to develop riders for future U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup competitions. The funding will help the Young Rider Team host a competition against two South African teams.
  • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, received $29,100 to create new online educational materials for eXtension HorseQuest and My Horse University. Among the materials to be offered are instructional videos, articles, lessons, and webinars.
  • The Western Dressage Association of America received $13,415 to create a video library showcasing western dressage, a new discipline inclusive to all breeds of horses.

The deadline for the second grant application period is October 7. Equine nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can do so by using the online application form at To learn more about USA Equestrian Trust and its programs visit the trust's website.

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