The Dressage Foundation Announces the Recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Scholarships

For Immediate Release
Monday, December 12, 2011

Source: TDF

The Dressage Foundation is proud to announce this year's recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. Each will receive a $1,000 Scholarship to enable them to set aside quality time in concentrated training with a horse they own, with a trainer of choice, away from the daily pressures of job and family.

"All of these adult amateurs are so deserving of these scholarships. They are all very active volunteers for their GMOs, busy with their daily lives, and deserve to have a bit of time to concentrate on their horses and their riding," said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Director of The Dressage Foundation. "We thank all of the donors to this Fund, who have made it possible for the Foundation to provide these scholarships!"

The following Adult Amateurs were chosen as recipients from their respective USDF Regions to receive $1,000 grants for training in the 2012 calendar year.

USDF Region 1 – Jacqueline Caldwell (MD) and her horse, JC's Keely of Texel, plan to train with Phoebe Devoe-Moore. Jacqueline is a member of Maryland Dressage Association.

USDF Region 2 – Niki Sackman (OH) and her horse, Mercedes Colortyme, plan to train with Loreen Cobb. Niki is a member of Northern Ohio Dressage Association.

USDF Region 3 – Carolyn Luther (SC) and her horse, Amadeus, plan to train with Joe Sandven. Carolyn is a member of South Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association.

USDF Region 3 – Heather Stalker (FL) and her horse, Tswannee Tsultan, plan to train with Sandi Chohany. Heather is a member of Arredondo Dressage Society and STRIDE.

USDF Region 6 - Anne Sushko (IA) and her horse, Sir Ishmael, plan to train with Anne Cizadlo. She is a member of Iowa Dressage and Combined Training Association, Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association, and Kansas City Dressage Association.

USDF Region 6 – Nicole Bisping (WA) and her horse, Con Brio, plan to train with Mike Osinski. Nicole is a member of Central Washington Dressage Society.

USDF Region 7 – Martha Goodney (CA) and her horse, Claire de Lune, plan to train with Louise Koch. Martha is a member of California Dressage Society and Dressage Association of Southern California.

USDF Region 9 – Cean Embrey (TX) and her horse, Titleist, plan to train with Carol Schmickrath. Cean is a member of Austin Dressage Unlimited.

The Gifted Fund was originally seeded with Donations from Carol Lavell, which she received in special remembrance of her great dressage horse, Gifted. Friends of The Dressage Foundation and Carol Lavell have added donations, and the Scholarship Fund has grown steadily over the years. For more information about The Dressage Foundation and the Gifted Fund, contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or

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