Through grants, scholarships, and program funding, the USHJA Foundation is strengthening our hunter/jumper community.
HORSEMANS ASSISTANCE FUND
The USHJA Foundation Horsemans Assistance Fund protects the welfare of our hunter/jumper community by providing emergency financial assistance to USHJA members after a life-changing illness, injury, catastrophic accident, or natural disaster. The majority of the gifts distributed from the fund are between $1,000 and $10,000 and intended to assist with medical expenses and basic living expenses. If you need assistance, please complete an application using the link below or call (859) 225-6721.
$25,000 HAMEL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOR FURTHER EDUCATION
The Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education is made possible by a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation. Each year, the USHJA Foundation awards up to $25,000 to be used for college, graduate, trade, or professional school to one USHJA member with three consecutive years of active membership (including the current year) who ranks in the top 20 % of their class with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and meets all other eligibility requirements.
ALVIN TOPPING GOVERNANCE GRANT
Alvin Topping has spent over 50 years in the sport of hunters and jumpers as an owner, trainer, rider and governance volunteer. He has over 40 years of experience in the governance of equestrian sport, serving as a member or chair of several USEF committees and as the founding treasurer of the USHJA, the largest Affiliate of the USEF. The Alvin Topping Governance Grant was established to honor Topping's work in equestrian sport governance, including his commitment to the establishment and success of the USHJA. One $500 grant is awarded annually to assist one USHJA member, 25 years of age or under) with funding to support their attendance at the USHJA or USEF annual meeting.
USHJA PROGRAM SUPPORT
The USHJA Foundation contributes funds annually to supplement select USHJA programs as well as educational grants and scholarships awarded by the USHJA zones. With the Foundation and zones working together, zones are able to award more substantial grants to their members for programs such as Emerging Athletes Program, Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, Tranier Certification Program, Emerging Jumper/Rider Program & Gold Star Clinics, and other zone-specific grants, scholarships and programs offered.
J.T. TALLON MEMORIAL EQUITATION GRANT
The J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant was developed by friends and family to honor the late, J.T. Tallon, a Lexington, Virginia horseman and USHJA member who dedicated his career to equestrian sport for over 40 years. Each year, one junior rider with limited financial resources who has qualified for a national equitation championship at a fence height of 3' or higher will be awarded $1000 to assist with the expense of attending the competition.
Deadline to apply is August 1, 2021.
GOCHMAN GRANT FOR USEF PONY FINALS
Pony Finals is not just another competition, it offers educational opportunities and chances for young riders to develop friendships and connections that will follow them throughout their equestrian careers and beyond. Each year, the USHJA Foundation offers three young riders the opportunity to attend and compete at USEF Pony Finals. The Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm is made possible by the generosity of Becky and David Gochman and their family.