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D4K Christian Kennedy Training Grant

Christian Kennedy Memorial Fund Scholarships

D4K Christian Kennedy Training Grant

This scholarship will be awarded in memory of Christian Kennedy.  

The D4K Christian Kennedy Training Grant will be awarded to train and inspire young riders through a special winter training grant.  The scholarship will fund one advanced rider, age 18-26, to take 2 lessons per week with Danish Olympian Lars Petersen during the 2022 winter season, January through March 2022.  

The selected rider must plan on bringing his or her own horse (either owned or leased) and will train with Lars Petersen at Legacy Farms in Loxahatchee, Florida.  The scholarship recipient will need to find their own transportation to Legacy Farms for lessons twice per week.  The scholarship recipient is responsible for his/her own transportation, stabling, and housing.  

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 not only in an excellent rider, but in a well-rounded and committed student who is a strong team player, who demonstrates ethical behavior, and who has sound horsemanship skills.

Evaluation criteria may include: exceptional talent, proven ability to work hard, demonstrated ethical behavior, horsemanship skills, and consistent drive towards stated goals.

All scholarship recipients will be required to write a report sharing what they have learned or accomplished in the form of a letter, journal or diary. Photographs may be included. The report will be kept by the Committee, shared with local organizations if applicable, and may be used for publicity purposes to advance the overall scholarship awards program.

All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.


Apply for a D4K Christian Kennedy Training Grant

Use the fillable application form below or download the application form (above) and email your submission to 

All application materials must be complete.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are due by September 30, 2021.

Age requirement: must be between ages 18-26 as of January 1, 2022
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Please obtain one letter of recommendation from someone in the riding/horse industry. This letter of recommendation should be sent by that person recommending to


If I am awarded a scholarship, I agree to submit a written report sharing what I have learned or accomplished in the form of a letter, journal or diary.

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Dressage4Kids often takes photographs and videos during its events and activities.  Dressage4Kids may use these photographs and videos for general publicity and programming purposes, including to raise funds.  Pictures may appear on the website, on the Dressage4Kids Facebook page, in newsletters, and in other print and digital marketing materials.  In addition, participants’ names may be used to recognize individual achievement in marketing materials.