LYDF Grant

{LYDF Canceled for 2020 due to the pandemic}

ESDCTA’s Educational Grant Program offers funding to attend Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival (LYDF) scheduled this year FRIDAY JULY 12 – SUNDAY JULY 14, 2019 at the Hits-On-The-Hudson showgrounds located in Saugerties, NY.

LYDF is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids, Inc. ( whose mission is to “encourage all riders to become true horsemen with correct position, competitive skills, and knowledge of all aspects of riding and horse care; to offer scholarships to enable competitors to further their education; and to have fun and develop good sportsmanship throughout”. ESDCTA believes its youth program dovetails with that of Dressage4Kids and, in an effort to encourage our youth members to participate in the Festival, ESDCTA sponsors teams when possible.

In addition to sponsoring teams, the ESDCTA Grant Program provides 2 grants in the amount of $250 each to encourage youth members to participate in this wonderful experience. Funds can be used to defray LYDF expenses such as entry fees, stabling fees, transportation costs, purchase of required reading materials. For more information about the Festival go to

Grant applicants must meet the following LYDF qualifying requirements:

  • One score of 55% or higher from any USEF, FEI or USEA test of the level, or higher level earned during the qualifying period. Score must be earned from a USDF “L” graduate or any licensed USEF or FEI dressage judge. Previous LYDF competitors are automatically eligible to enter at the same level or lower.
  • Rider must submit a copy of the front page of the test with the entry form if applicable.
  • FEI age rules apply, i.e. riders may participate until the calendar year they become 22 years of age.

Note: Riders may compete on a different horse from the one on which they qualified. A rider may qualify for two consecutive levels (divisions) with the same horse or any two levels (divisions) on two different horses.

The requirements for qualifying for the Youth Dressage Festival are incorporated into ESDCTA’s requirements and proof of same must be submitted with the scholarship application. Additionally, the following grant requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 15 volunteer hours earned at any ESDCTA registered show, event or activity. These hours can not be used to fulfill any other ESDCTA volunteer requirement Copies of volunteer form(s) must be submitted with application.
  • Must be an ESDCTA member for at least 2 years.
  • Include a letter of reference from a trainer, instructor or an individual considered to be knowledgeable in the discipline of dressage who is familiar with the applicant’s riding skills.
  • Include an essay explaining what you expect to gain from attending the Festival.

Note: Youth members awarded the LYDF grant may not re-apply for the same grant for 3 years. LYDF grant recipients may not apply for an ESDCTA grant in the same calendar year they received the grant.

Grant recipients are required to:

  • Submit a report or story about their experience for the ESDCTA newsletter including photographs, within 30 days after the competition.
  • Assist the Education Grant Chair in obtaining items for the silent auction held at the annual awards banquet. The LYDF Grant is generously funded by the proceeds of this auction.

If for any reason a grant recipient is unable to attend the Youth Dressage Festival, they must notify the Education Grant Chair immediately so that another applicant may be chosen. A grant recipient unable to use the scholarship may reapply in future years.


Submit your grant application along with all other required materials to the Education Grants Chair.