Graduate Awarded Trip Harting Grant
Friday, February 25, 2011
Contact: Mary Robertson Pierson
PONY CLUB GRADUATE AWARDED
TRIP HARTING GRANT
Pony Club is proud to announce that Nichole Charbonneau of Lacey,
Washington, is the 2011 recipient of the $500 Trip Harting Grant awarded by The
Dressage Foundation. Nichole is the
second recipient of this annual grant and plans to use the funds to continue her
education in the United States Dressage Federation 'L' Education Program.
Trip's friends, students, and admirers established this Fund at
The Dressage Foundation in his memory.
Trip, a beloved Pony Club dressage judge, coach and clinician, passed
away in August 2008. The purpose of the
Fund is to provide financial assistance for a Pony Club rider to attend the
USDF 'L' Education Program or Instructor Certification Program. Applicants must be current or graduate Pony
Club members with a B or A rating.
Nichole graduated from Cheney Pony Club (WA) with an H-A
rating. She is currently a dressage
instructor, trainer, and competitor, as well as an elementary school
teacher. Nichole is also a USDF Silver
Medalist. About attending the 'L'
Education Program, Nichole said, "I am eager for the opportunity to focus
on the technical analysis, biomechanics, and the polished understanding of what
a judge is looking for as they observe from C.
The information I gain in this program will enhance my personal riding
skills, riding instructional skills, and will benefit my students."
For more information about the Trip Harting Fund, please visit www.dressagefoundation.org. Applications
are due to the Foundation in February of each year. For more information about
Dressage opportunities in Pony Club, please visit www.ponyclub.org.
Pony Club is a non-profit organization that teaches horsemanship
and the care of the horse to young people through the age of 25. Today, there
are over 600 Pony Clubs and Centers nationwide – including clubs in Alaska and
Hawaii – with over 11,000 members.