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USEF Provides COVID-19 Facts and Resources as Pandemic Changes Equestrian Life

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting equestrians’ routines around the country as barns employ social distancing techniques and increased human biosecurity practices, and, in at least some areas to date, even close to all but essential staff by choice or by local restrictions.

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Congress, President Deliver $2 Trillion Relief Package, Address Many Horse Industry Concerns

Following a week of intense negotiations, on Friday, March 27 House lawmakers finally passed – and the President signed into law – the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, teeing up approximately $2 trillion in emergency aid to American taxpayers, small business, independent contractors, and non-profits and charities. Because most equine enterprises characterize themselves as small businesses and include many non-profits such as state associations and equine rescue operations, the package addresses many challenges facing the horse industry.

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Equine Non-Profits Granted More Than $100,000 by USA Equestrian Trust – Deadline for 2020 Submissions Is April 22

USA Equestrian Trust® has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by more than a dozen non-profits. The organizations receiving funding all submitted applications as part of the Trust’s 2019 application period. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants.

The Trust is also pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2020 grants program. To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2020 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 22.

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Don’t Miss Deadline to Apply for USA Equestrian Trust Grants

Equine Non-Profits Must Submit Applications by Wednesday, April 24

April 19, 2019 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2019 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profits are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at www.trusthorses.org.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes proposals for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 24.

Funding available for grants includes more than $28,000 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational, and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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USA Equestrian Trust Opens 2019 Grants Program for Equine Non-Profits

Skye Anna Nye-Smith teaches Tale of the Heart to dance at the Harmony Horsemanship clinic organized by Second Chance Thoroughbreds. Photo by Collette Duddy, Second Chance Thoroughbreds.

Applications due Wednesday, April 24

March 6, 2019 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust® is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2019 grants program.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2019 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 24.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

Second Chance Thoroughbreds: $1,200 was awarded in 2017 to fund an educational workshop on retraining Thoroughbreds. “Without the grant from USA Equestrian Trust, Second Chance Thoroughbreds would not have been able to bring expert trainers Steuart Pittman or Lindsey Partridge to our rural area location in Spencer, NY,” said Executive Director Collette Duddy.

The Livestock Conservancy: $10,500 was awarded in 2017 to support a summit on endangered breeds. “The greatest accomplishment of the gathering was to bring together a wide diversity of breed groups, scientists, and horse industry leaders in one place to unify their efforts, learn from each other’s expertise, and collectively work toward common goals,” said Senior Program Manager Jeannette Beranger. “A year later, the ripple effects are still being felt throughout this community, opening doors to new markets and reproductive technologies previously underutilized or even unknown by most rare breed owners. The effect of the grant money was more than any of us could have imagined, giving all involved a solid sense of direction and the tools to accomplish meaningful breed conservation across the country and beyond.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes more than $28,000 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational, and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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516-848-4867

Equine Non-Profits Granted Nearly $40,000 by USA Equestrian Trust

Next Grant Application Period Opens Early 2019

July 25, 2018 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by four non-profits. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants.

The projects funded as part of the grant application period ending in May were:

ASBURY UNIVERSITY ($5,000) to fund scholarships for students participating in the university’s service mount program, which trains horses for service with police, military, and national park rangers.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT GULFPORT FOUNDATION ($3,212.75) to provide helmets and safety education to young riders.

RACING SURFACES TESTING LABORATORY ($25,423) to examine the effects of weight on the behavior of show horses’ hooves and legs while in the air. The research will compare horses with corrective and performance shoeing to flat-shod horses.

SACRAMENTO AREA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION ($5,000) to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and low-budget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for Hunter/Jumper activities in California and Nevada.

The Trust’s next grant application period will begin early in 2019. Equine non-profits wishing to make a request for funding during that application period will be required to fill out the online application form at http://trusthorses.org. To be notified once the application period has opened, please email grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational, and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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Don’t Miss the Deadline to Apply for USA Equestrian Trust Grants

Equine Non-Profits Must Submit Applications by Monday, May 1

April 18, 2017 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2017 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profits are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at www.trusthorses.org.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes proposals for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 1.

Funding available for grants includes $36,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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USA Equestrian Trust Opens 2017 Grants Program for Equine Non-Profits

A Girl Scout Junior rides as part of the rapidly growing equestrian program at Camp Skymeadow outside Pittsburgh. Photo by Lisa Shade, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

Applications due Monday, May 1

March 7, 2017 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust® is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2017 grants program.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2017 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 1.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

AMERICAN MORGAN HORSE EDUCATIONAL CHARITABLE TRUST: $7,500 was awarded in 2014 to develop an online home school module that teaches courses through horsemanship. The home school module is now available. “Everyone agrees that the best way to foster a love for learning is to engage our youth in topics they love,” said Executive Director Carrie J. Mortensen. “This project would have been impossible for us to achieve without the generous grant received from USA Equestrian Trust. We are so grateful the Trust saw the value in this endeavor, which is bringing such joy to the education of so many students.”

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS FOUNDATION: $15,000 was awarded in 2016 to support the Equine Disease Communication Center, which alerts the industry to outbreaks of disease in an effort to prevent their spread. Horse owners can sign up on the organization’s website to receive outbreak alerts. The Center also serves as an educational resource on infectious diseases affecting horses. “The EDCC would not be possible without financial support from the horse industry,” said Dr. Nathaniel A. White, the Center’s director. “We appreciate the generous grant from USA Equestrian Trust.”

GIRL SCOUTS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA: $10,000 was awarded in 2016 to support the organization’s popular equestrian program at Camp Skymeadow outside of Pittsburgh. The number of girls attending the equestrian program has doubled over the last two years to nearly 450. “Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s equestrian programs provide girls with much more than a fun time,” said spokeswoman Lisa Shade. “The experiences help girls build confidence, hone problem-solving skills and can inspire an appreciation for nature. The support of USA Equestrian Trust has helped provide meaningful horse programs that progress in skill and adventure for girls of all riding levels to enjoy.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $36,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust: USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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Equine Non-Profits Granted Nearly $50,000 by USA Equestrian Trust

Next Grant Application Period Opens Early 2017

Aug. 2, 2016 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by seven non-profits. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants.

The projects funded as part of the grant application period ending in May were:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS FOUNDATION ($15,000) to support the Equine Disease Communication Center, which alerts the industry to outbreaks of disease in an effort to prevent their spread. The Center also serves as an educational resource on infectious diseases affecting horses.

AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL, INC. ($5,000) to conduct a marketing campaign designed to increase awareness of available equine educational resources. The organization’s plans include creation of uniformly branded marketing materials and targeted social media advertising, as well as the posting of additional content on its website (www.ayhc.com).

EQUINE ASSISTED TRANSITIONS, INC. ($5,000) to fund a summer equine program for children of members of the military. Located near Fort Campbell, the organization has provided more than 50 children of soldiers with an introduction to horses.

GIRL SCOUTS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ($10,000) to support its popular equestrian program at Camp Skymeadow outside of Pittsburgh. The number of girls attending the equestrian program has doubled over the last two years to nearly 450.

HIGH HOPES THERAPEUTIC RIDING, INC. ($5,000) to support its equine therapy initiatives, which include a growing focus on veterans. During its 2015 fiscal year, the organization provided nearly 8,600 horsemanship lessons to more than 1,500 people.

SACRAMENTO AREA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION ($5,000) to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and low-budget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for Hunter/Jumper activities in California and Nevada.

THE DRESSAGE FOUNDATION, INC. ($4,281) to purchase exhibit items for and rent booth space at the 2017 FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Omaha, near the organization’s offices in Lincoln.

The Trust’s next grant application period will begin early in 2017. Equine non-profits wishing to make a request for funding during that application period will be required to fill out the online application form at trusthorses.org. To be notified once the application period has opened, please email grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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Don’t Miss the Deadline to Apply for USA Equestrian Trust Grants

Equine Non-Profits Must Submit Applications by Monday, May 2

April 26, 2016 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2016 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profits are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at http://www.trusthorses.org.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes proposals for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 2.

Funding available for grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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USA Equestrian Trust Opens 2016 Grants Program for Equine Non-Profits

Jenny Taylor, a five-time winner of the Morgan Park Saddle World Championship, offers tips on show ring strategy as part of the video series produced by the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust and American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance.

Applications due Monday, May 2

March 15, 2016 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust® is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2016 grants program.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2016 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 2.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

AMERICAN MORGAN HORSE EDUCATIONAL CHARITABLE TRUST: $12,000 was awarded in 2014 to launch a series of educational videos and podcasts, which can be viewed at youtube.com/AMHAYAA. “The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust and the American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance are extremely grateful for the support of the Trust,” said Executive Director Julie Broadway. “The response has been amazing with over 25,000 views. Outreach through content in this format and medium is really engaging people of all ages and interests.”

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK FOUNDATION: $50,000 was awarded in 2015 to fund a series of barn renovations at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The park has 21 original stabling barns — some over 30 years old — in varying need of renovation. Some need to be razed and rebuilt from the ground up, while others need less intensive work,” said Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Executive Director Laura Klumb. “The Trust’s lead grant helped launch the campaign for this important effort and provided the critical funding needed to renovate our first barn, which will serve as a show piece for the entire project.”

In a series about developing lesson and academy programs, Kristin Logan offers tips on building strong relationships with parents. The interview is part of a video series produced by the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust and American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance.
In a series about developing lesson and academy programs, Kristin Logan offers tips on building strong relationships with parents. The interview is part of a video series produced by the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust and American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN: $29,100 was awarded in 2013 to create online educational materials for eXtension HorseQuest (extension.org/horses) and My Horse University (myhorseuniversity.com). The six new mini-courses and webcasts, which can be accessed by clicking here, include such topics as pasture associated laminitis, equine herpesvirus 1 and dealing with sales fraud in the industry. “Over 2,000 individuals have taken the courses, and there have been over 5,000 views of the accompanying webinars,” said Dr. Kathy Anderson, extension horse specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “This equine educational program, made possible by the USA Equestrian Trust grant, is enabling horse owners to make more informed decisions, as well as adapting new horse care management practices to ensure healthier, sounder horses for long-term use.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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Cell: 516-848-4867 – dderosa1@optonline.net

USA Equestrian Trust Opens 2015 Grants Program for Equine Non-Profits

Jochen Schleese of Schleese Saddlery offered a lecture on saddle fitting at PSS University, an educational event hosted by the California Dressage Society’s Sacramento Valley Chapter. Photo by Tamara with the Camera.

Applications due Monday, May 4

March 18, 2015 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2015 grants program. In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund nearly 20 projects.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2015 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 4.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

CALIFORNIA DRESSAGE SOCIETY — SACRAMENTO VALLEY CHAPTER: $5,000 was awarded in 2014 to support PSS University, a two-day equine educational event in Northern California.

“With the support from the Trust, we were able to make this opportunity available to the whole community at no charge,” said event organizer Dr. Ellie Johnson. “It was a fantastic series with lectures from nine knowledgeable professionals on subjects ranging from acupuncture to saddle fitting.”

HARNESS HORSE YOUTH FOUNDATION: $500 was awarded in 2014 to fund field trips during a summer youth camp.

“HHYF programs are always in need of financial assistance, so when we received a grant from USA Equestrian Trust, we were honored and put it to good use in our Leadership Program,” said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “The grant allowed the older teenagers to participate in educational field trips to both a Standardbred nursery and a veterinary clinic in hopes of opening their eyes to the diversity of professional opportunities available.”

MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: $37,164 was awarded in 2014 to help its Equine Safety & Ambulance Program purchase a new truck and replace a mannequin horse used for training. Named Lucky II, the mannequin is used to educate first responders and horse owners about emergency equine rescue and the safe transport of large animals.

Youth visited a Standardbred nursery and veterinary clinic during the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's week-long Leadership Program in July 2014. Photo courtesy Harness Horse Youth Foundation.
Youth visited a Standardbred nursery and veterinary clinic during the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s week-long Leadership Program in July 2014. Photo courtesy Harness Horse Youth Foundation.

“In 2015, the MSPCA’s equine ambulance team will travel more miles and conduct more trainings than ever before,” said Roger Lauze, manager of the Equine Safety & Ambulance Program. “By funding Lucky II and the purchase of a new truck, USA Equestrian Trust has made possible the training that will help keep countless horses safe.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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