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2022 Youth Scholarship Program - Apply by May 1st

To increase participation in the sport of dressage amongst younger riders, GVDS will offer financial assistance

through a scholarship to eligible youth who demonstrate a commitment to horses, dressage and



Youth will be selected based on the scholarship criteria and within the timeframes

outlined below. Scholarships will be awarded annually before the beginning of the show season.

Scholarship Award 

Youth who are selected as a Scholarship Recipient will become a GVDS Associate when the scholarship is awarded and will receive the standard GVDS Associate benefits.


The value of the GVDS Associate benefit is $50.

Additional financial assistance for up to $50 for each of the four (4) GVDS schooling shows can be used for show entry and show fees with a $200/year maximum.

Scholarship Recipients must enter the schooling show for which they are requesting financial assistance.

Classical Dressage Award Winners

Scholarship Criteria

Every eligible Scholarship Applicant who FULLY completes the attached application, including all the required information and signatures, will be considered for the scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Applicants must have demonstrated responsibility and commitment in the care of the horse they ride in their lessons and if applicable, the horse that they show.

  • Applicants do not need to own the horse that they ride, however, per the GVDS Award requirements, the owner(s) of the horse used by the Scholarship Recipient must be a GVDS member or a GVDS Associate should they desire to compete for year-end awards.

  • Prior horse show experience is not required but will be a consideration for the scholarship.

  • The application requires a short, handwritten explanation by the Scholarship Applicant describing how they have shown commitment to horses, dressage, and showing.

May 1

May 5

Application Process and Timelines

Application Due Date - Applications must be postmarked by this date. 

Mail your application to: Arlene Rhodes, 3051 Walnut Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81504

GVDS Executive Board deadline for reviewing applications

May 9

Opening entry date of the April GVDS schooling show in April. Scholarship Recipients  will be notified prior to this date.

The Executive Board reserves the right to conduct oral interviews with Applicants by Zoom if necessary.

Note: If four Scholarship Applicants are not chosen prior to March 28, 2022, then the GVDS Executive Board may re-open the Scholarship program with a new application postmark date of May 1st, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by May 5th, 2022 and Scholarship Recipients notified prior to May 9, 2022 the opening entry date of the GVDS June schooling show.

Recipient Participation Requirements: Show Assistance

For each show where the Scholarship Recipient is requesting financial aid, they are required to assist a minimum of two (2) hours performing any of the operational show activities shown in Approved Show Assistance section of this document.


If the hours of assistance are not completed and confirmed by the Show Manager or Volunteer Coordinator at the completion of the show, any further financial assistance with show and entry fees will be unavailable to the Scholarship Recipient for the remainder of the show season.

NOTE: These assistance hours would be in addition to the number of volunteer hours required for

year-end award eligibility. (The award eligibility volunteer hours do not be done at the shows - they can be completed by writing articles for the newsletter, preparing social media posts, soliciting sponsors, or assisting at clinics and events under the supervision of the GVDS applicable committee chairperson.)

Approved Show Assistance Opportunities

The following activities are open for  scholarship recipients to complete their required assistance hours:

● Scribe Runner

● Show arena set up

● Show arena, show equipment, and show signage take down

● Arena maintenance during the show (raking, resetting arena during breaks)

● Show grounds maintenance (manure pickup in the parking lot and around the show

arenas, trash pick-up)

To schedule your two (2) assistance hours, you must be pre-approved for assistance by the Show Manager or the Volunteer Coordinator. Upon completion of the assistance, you must have the Show Manager sign your volunteer form.

General Program Guidelines and Information

  • GVDS may award up to four (4) separate scholarships each year. It is possible that no Scholarship Applicants will be awarded scholarships based on eligibility and criteria.

  • Scholarship Applicants who are not awarded scholarships may request feedback from the Executive Board on how to improve future applications.

  • Scholarships can not be transferred to another person.

  • Any unused show financial assistance may not be carried forward and used at a future show.

  • At the end of the 2022 show season all show entry fee credits are retained by GVDS.

  • Financial assistance may be applied to the show office fee and entry fees for any classes offered at GVDS schooling shows. Points earned at these shows may be applied to GVDS year-end awards for any applicable classes entered. Please refer to the 2022 GVDS Awards Criteria for the complete rules.