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Graduate Awarded Trip Harting Grant

Friday, February 25, 2011   (0 Comments)
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News Release
Contact: Mary Robertson Pierson



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.


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