Riders Receive Grants from The Dressage Foundation to Attend USDF Instructor/ Trainer Program

Kelsey Dunlap and Erin Miles were awarded a grant from The Dressage Foundation's Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund.

August 20, 2019 – The Dressage Foundation’s Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund has awarded grants to two individuals to attend the United States Dressage Federation’s Instructor/Trainer Program.

Kelsey Dunlap (North Carolina) and Erin Miles (Michigan) each received a $1,500 grant to further their education as instructors.

Kelsey plans to use the grant to attend the Testing Session in Omaha, Nebraska, in October. She said, “I would like to thank TDF and its donors for this opportunity to participate in the Instructor/Trainer Program. My goal has always been to teach and train in a clear, methodical way and I believe this program will give me the tools to improve and progress my training not only to benefit me personally, but my students as well!”

Kelsey Dunlap (Courtesy, Kelsey Dunlap)

Erin will use her grant to attend the Workshops hosted by the Midwest Dressage Association in early 2020. She shared, “I am so excited to receive the Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Instructors grant to participate in the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program. This grant will help me in achieving my goal of becoming a certified dressage instructor and developing my career. I am so thankful to the generous donors who make these grants possible. They make education more obtainable for so many.”

Erin Miles (Photo by CJ Carpenter Photography)

Interested instructors can apply for a grant to attend any portion of the Instructor/Trainer Program, including the workshops, pre-certification and testing. Individual grants are awarded twice per year and the next deadline for applications is February 1, 2020.

For more information about the Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit

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






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