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US Equestrian Announces Inaugural Opportunity Fund Grants to USEF Community Outreach Organizations | Eventing Nation

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US Equestrian is pleased to announce that it awarded more than $60,000 in USEF Opportunity Fund grants to seven USEF community outreach organizations during the fund’s inaugural year.

USEF Opportunity Fund 2022 grants will support a range of projects, from expanding programming and purchasing safety equipment to improving infrastructure and supporting business operations. The beneficiaries are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • From Town to Saddle – Mesa Farm (Rutland, Mass.): City to Saddle will use this grant to replace and upgrade equipment used by participants, including helmets, safety stirrups, stirrup leathers and a jump surcingle.
  • Cloverleaf Equine Center (Clifton, Virginia): Cloverleaf Equine Center has seen an increasing demand for equine-assisted services from recovering military and veterans, and this grant will be used to expand their ridden and unridden programs designed to support these populations.
  • Detroit Horse Power (Detroit, Michigan): This grant will be used to support Detroit Horse Power’s construction of an equestrian center within the city limits of Detroit, Michigan to expand its community impact with youth through equestrian activities and other educational resources .
  • Heartland Therapeutic Riding (Overland Park, Kan.): This grant will be used to support Heartland Therapeutic Riding’s efforts to upgrade their arena and make it usable year-round, an important feature for a Midwest-based organization that rides in very hot and very cold weather.
  • HorseSensing (Shelbyville, Ky.): HorseSensing has recognized the need to provide housing for military veterans across the country who wish to attend their program in Kentucky, and this grant will support their efforts to renovate a second home for their female veteran clients.
  • Solid Strides (Pleasant Hill, Oregon): Solid Strides will use this grant to cover the costs of hiring a lead instructor who can amplify its impact through the development of camps, course curricula, and internship opportunities for students who otherwise could not afford to attend. to equestrian sports.
  • Special Horsemanship (Warrington, Pennsylvania): Special Equestrians will use this grant to improve operational efficiency and better meet customer needs by moving from paper to digital through the purchase of new computers and customer relationship management software.

Learn more about all USEF community outreach organizations here.

“We are thrilled to support these amazing community organizations. The selection process was very difficult because all the organizations that applied are deserving and have significant needs. Our goal is to increase fundraising so that we can further support all of their great work in the years to come. Whether it’s new helmets, funding software, or contributing to a new permanent horse care facility, every dollar donated to the Opportunity Fund goes directly to help these organizations so they can help others. to find horses and a better quality of life. This was the inaugural year of our Opportunity Funds and many donated to help us, but as you can see we were unable to fulfill all grant requests due to funding limitations. , so please consider making a donation today,” said Tom O’Mara. , president of US Equestrian.

These grants were awarded through a competitive grant application process. One hundred percent of funds raised for the Opportunity Fund are dedicated to supporting the USEF Community Outreach Program and its Recognized USEF Community Outreach Organizations. These organizations can be found across the country and are committed to bringing horses to traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved communities, including active military and veterans; low-income people; People with Disabilities; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and more. The USEF Opportunity Fund aims to expand the reach and impact of these exceptional organizations to improve access to horses and bring the joy of equestrian sports to as many people as possible. These scholarships were made possible through the generous contributions of the USEF Board of Directors, Members, Partners, and Competition Organizers. Please consider supporting the Opportunity Fund and donating today.

About USEF Community Outreach Organizations

USEF Recognized Community Outreach Organizations are united by their standards in their mission to provide equine-based learning opportunities and support the positive impact horses can have within their local communities. These organizations must meet certain equine and human welfare standards, including USEF Safe Sport requirements and adhere to the USEF Non-Discrimination Policy, as well as offer their services free of charge or on a scale. mobile fees based on financial need, and more, before being recognized by this program.