USHJA Foundation Announces 2019 Gochman Grant Recipients


The USEF Pony Finals is a rite of passage for many riders who begin riding in the hunter/jumper discipline at a young age. 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 life in equestrian sport and beyond.

The Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals is made possible by the generosity of Becky and David Gochman and their family. Each year, the USHJA Foundation offers three young pony riders the opportunity to attend and compete at Pony Finals.

This grant is not strictly monetary in nature, but rather experience-based. In addition to the opportunity to compete at USEF Pony Finals, each grant recipient is provided access to professionals for training; entered into available clinics; and exposed to other educational experiences throughout the week. In addition to financial need, each rider selected exemplifies the qualities most important in our sport: horsemanship, tenacity, and good sportsmanship.

Applications for 2024 have closed.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Active USHJA Membership
  • US Citizen or Legal Resident
  • Jumping Experience at a Minimum Fence Height of 2’ 3”
  • Has Not Previously Competed at USEF Pony Finals
  • Demonstrate Financial Need

Application Deadline and Award Notification

Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered for this grant. Applicants will be informed of the award decision before the end of June of the current competition year. Previous recipients of this grant may not apply; this grant may only be received by any individual once. Applicants who have previously competed at USEF Pony Finals will not be considered for this grant.

*US Equestrian is not involved in the formation or execution of this grant.