Grants open for non-profit equine groups

February 22, 2012

Thousands of dollars in grants are open to registered equine non-profit organisations in the US, through the USA Equestrian Trust.

Sascha Mills receiving the 2011 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award from USEF President David O'Connor. © USEF Archive/Geoff Bugbee.

Youth career workshop attendees taking an educational tour of the Old Friends Retirement Farm. © USEF staff

In 2011, the Trust's board was pleased to grant nearly $200,000 to ten applicants. Past recipients of grants include those undertaking equine health research, land conservation, and educational programs. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based and means-tested worthy equine projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Funding available for grants includes about $70,000 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 funds available from this specific reserve.

Among the Trust's 2011 grant recipients was the Morris Animal Foundation, which received a grant of $10,000 for researchers at the University of Massachusetts who are focusing on ways to treat equine laminitis. The grant was used to help develop more targeted therapeutic drugs that could slow and/or prevent laminar tissue damage in horses.

"Morris Animal Foundation is thankful for the continued support from USA Equestrian Trust," said Morris Animal Foundation CEO/President Dr. David Haworth. "It's partnerships like this that help us work to give horses longer, healthier lives."

Old Field Farm, Ltd., in Suffolk County, New York, received a grant of $22,000. With prudent spending and the assistance of numerous volunteers, the organization is using the funding to help preserve the Smythe Main Barn, an historic landmark used to enhance educational and cultural activities.

"We are deeply grateful for this award and recognition as we expand and grow our programs while we preserve this historic equestrian Old Field Farm County Parkland," said Sally Lynch, President of Old Field Farm, Ltd.

For the past two years, the United States Equestrian Federation has been granted $5000 for its Youth Career Workshop held during the organization's annual convention. The workshop brings together youth from various breeds and gives them exposure to committees, governance and career opportunities.

"These grants have been a tremendous aid in funding a positive program for the youth who are the future of this sport," said Jennifer Mellenkamp, USEF's Director of National Affiliates.

Old Field Farm's Richard Haviland Smythe Main Barn is undergoing a renovation of its roof to preserve the historic structure that is the site of many equine educational and cultural activities.

A lecture on horse care by the Meadowbrook Hounds Pony Club during a Pony Club summer camp. © Old Field Farm, Ltd.

It is grants like these that are the heart and soul of what the USA Equestrian Trust is all about, and it is the vision of the organization to continue to give to as many worthy projects as possible.

USA Equestrian Trust President Alan F. Balch said the trust felt it was crucial during this continued time of economic instability to expand its grants program to assist the many worthy equine non-profits in need of assistance. "And while no charity can make grants to every deserving group, the Trust has significantly increased its giving since 2009 and hopes to continue to do so," he said.

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.

The Trust is a Sustaining Affiliate of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States.

The Trust is led by a volunteer board consisting of President Alan F. Balch (CA), Vice President Lisa Blackstone (GA), Secretary Georgie F. Green (TX), Treasurer Guy R. Warner (MN), and directors Linda L. Allen (TX), Karl V. Hart (FL), Kate Jackson (NY), Marianne Ludwig (FL) and Fred K. Sarver (KY). Serving as Assistant Secretary and Counsel is William A. Roos (NY).