The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship program. Due to the recent restructuring of the scholarship guidelines, to provide up to three scholarships per year for the recipients to train in the United States, interest was very high. This year, the Selection Committee chose the following recipients:
Sarah Geikie (CT) was awarded the $6,000 Lindgren Scholarship. Sarah has been a professional dressage trainer for 30 years. She is a popular clinician across the country, an FEI dressage judge, a competitor, and a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th Level. She is also an Examiner and faculty member for the Instructor Certification Program. Sarah will use the scholarship funds to train with Kathy Connelly.
Sara Schmitt (NJ) is the recipient of a $2,000 Lindgren Scholarship. She has been instructing for 25 years, from Training Level through Grand Prix. Sara is the resident trainer at Hawk Hollow Ranch in Bedminster, NJ, and is also an active competitor. She plans to train with Belinda Nairn-Wertman in early 2012.
Lincoln, NE – The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that the annual Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship has recently been revised to provide scholarships to a greater number of qualified dressage instructors.
Major Anders Lindgren was an accomplished dressage rider, having won the 1971 Swedish Dressage Championship and ridden on the Swedish Olympic Team in 1972. He also won the Scandinavian Eventing Championship in 1959. Lindgren’s contribution to American dressage was large, as he was solidly committed to the education of U.S. dressage instructors. Over a ten-year period, almost 1,000 participating instructors learned from his systematic, structural approach to teaching Dressage at the USDF/Violet Hopkins National Seminars for Dressage Instructors, and then at the National Symposium. Major Lindgren passed away in 2010 at the age of 85.
Since 1996, The Dressage Foundation has offered annual scholarships in Major Lindgren’s name, for instructors to train in Europe. However, beginning this year, the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship has been restructured to offer funding to more instructors, to train in the United States.