Area I is pleased to offer ten scholarships of $250 each to promote knowledge of and skill development in the sport of eventing, in keeping with the mission of the USEA Statement of Principles.

Scholarship funds are meant for eventing-related educational purposes, including:
- Lessons, clinics, and camps
- Unmounted lectures and seminars
- ICP, judges', or organizer training
- Eventing-related conference or convention
- Or other educational purposes not specified specified above

Applicants who intend to use the funds for material purchases including, but not limited to: travel expenses, entries, horse care, etc., will not be considered in alignment with purposes of this scholarship.

Individuals may find application materials below. Applications must be received by the scholarship committee by October 1, 2017, to be eligible & checks to recipients will be handed out at Annual Meeting on January 6, 2018.

All applicants must be USEA members, with preference in the selection process given to residents of Area I.
- Two scholarships per year will be earmarked for a professional horseman.
- Two scholarships will be earmarked for a member of the ARP
- One scholarship will be earmarked for a member of the YRP
- The remaining five scholarships may be awarded to any qualifying applicant, regardless of age or status.

We cannot provide scholarships to cover competition fees with the exception of a Training 3-day when there are clinics included as part of the experience.

The scholarship committee will review all applications and select one winner for each scholarship based on the following criteria:
- Anticipated educational benefit to the recipient
- Clarity and precision of proposal (suggested word count of 500)
- Accordance with the USEA Statement of Principles

Recipients shall:
- Provide proof of activity to the committee
- Include volunteer worksheet
- Complete the proposed educational activity within 1 calendar year
- Submit for publication a short description of the educational experience
- Be announced on web site, on social or print media

Area I is excited to be offering this opportunity and the scholarship committee looks forward to seeing your applications!

Please direct any questions to


Deadline for applications: must be received by October 1st at midnight Eastern Time.

Individuals with a monetary, business, family, or significant personal connection to one or more scholarship committee members may apply with the understanding that the connected committee member(s) will recuse themselves from discussion of and decision-making related to any such applicant(s). Winners will be selected solely at the discretion of impartial committee members.

Non-winning applications will not be carried over to future application periods.

Winners may not reapply the following year, but can in subsequent years.

In case of extenuating circumstances preventing fulfillment of the originally approved purpose(s), winner shall notify the scholarship committee to discuss alternate arrangements.


Erika Hendricks

When I applied for the Area I Scholarship money, I had two uses in mind. The first was to help me pay for a trip to Maryland to attend a USEA course design seminar as an auditor. I am the horse show organizer at Course Brook Farm, and although I don’t have my license to design the courses for our recognized horse trials, I do most of the design work for both the cross country and stadium at all of our schooling shows. The design seminar was held at Waredaca and was run by Morgan Rowsell and Ana Schravesande. I thought that attending this seminar would be a good way to further educate myself about course design, which in turn can only benefit competitors attending schooling shows at Course Brook as well as helping my own competitive ambitions by giving me another perspective on how to ride courses. As an auditor, I was able to participate fully in all the activities which included actually designing a Training Level course using the Waredaca facility and jumps. The seminar touched on many design topics such as track layout, footing issues, terrain, appropriate questions for each level, jump profiles, building materials, horse’s perspective, distances and space and use of numbering. There was a hands on design section during which we broke into smaller groups and were asked to design a specific Training Level question given the terrain. We also walked the Training and Prelim tracks with Ana and Morgan that were set for the event that was running over the weekend. In addition, they were able to take us over to Seneca Valley where Morgan was the designer for an upcoming event so we heard his commentary and thoughts on designing as it was happening! We also walked the stadium course and discussed design techniques here as well. And we got up close and personal with some frangible technology and MIM clips. The whole experience was really educational and a lot of fun. For all those thinking about getting licensed to course design or just looking to gain some insight, I would highly recommend attending one of these seminars.

I was also able to put some of my scholarship money towards riding my own horse, Wiley, in a Buck Davidson Clinic hosted by Course Brook Farm. I used this clinic to help me prepare to move up to Preliminary. The clinic ran over two days: the first day being stadium jumping and the second cross-country. This was my first time riding with Buck and it was intense – in a good way. Buck is very easy going personally, but the exercises he sets up are challenging and take you out of your comfort zone. Some of them were thought provoking: as a warm up for cross country, he had us canter over a small log then halt in front of a skinny chevron about three strides away. “If you can stop your horse, you can also make him go,” was the philosophy behind this. Many of the horses were confused at first wondering why we were actually asking them to stop in front of a fence. But sure enough all we had to do was ask them to go, and they all jumped beautifully. It was especially fun watching the hot shot BN jrs tackling some tricky Training questions! Buck has a way of making you feel like things are no big deal (even the large Prelim table looming in the field that we have been cantering by and around for several years thinking, “I will never do that”). Well, guess what, we did it! I felt quite accomplished and a bit braver after this clinic. Hopefully, he will be back next year, and I am looking forward to riding with him again.

Andrea Gagnon, Alfred, Maine

Receiving the scholarship helped me greatly improve Lenny's canter, balance and dressage scores! I used the money to have multiple lessons in a week instead of just one a week. Working with Matt Baillargeon & Lauren Atherton we were able to reinforce the previous lesson. My canter is still a work in progress, but I reached my goal this summer of improving my dressage score, moving up to Training AND having a more balanced canter. As we all know, flatwork is the key to being successful over fences. I highly encourage people to apply for the scholarship as the rewards are numerous!

Kimberly Compton DiCostanzo, AKA "K.C."

A popular slogan is "Having a baby changes everything." And, well, they're right. After a very scary pregnancy, our second child, a son, was born 2 months premature at the end of January. Fortunately he is completely healthy and just fine, but the seemingly endless hospital stays and subsequent doctor visits take a toll on one's mental and emotional health.

While I work with horses for a living, having a helping hand and a chance to focus on my own horse after such an ordeal was a breath of fresh air. I was able to have some concentrated lessons with my coach, Heidi White, to get myself back in the game and bounce back faster. With her help and the Scholarship, I was competing again well ahead of schedule and feeling more and more like myself every day.

I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee and Area I for allowing this scholarship to happen - it was a wonderful boost that is so appreciated!

Michelle Lacasse

Well, first and foremost I would like to thank Area I for providing educational and experience based scholarships to the participating members among our Eventing community. This is a wonderful opportunity that provides recipients with the means to seek that much more exposure during the season.

Although I have taken a brief hiatus from Eventing, the education and goals I pursue for myself and horses have not. My intentions for the scholarship, if received, were to seek out some long overdue instruction. Life has changed over the last couple of years including having our first child Brynleigh, resigning from a job I loved and moving an entire farm across the state and starting from scratch. Our two horses have had a lengthy vacation during this process so I thought completing an event would be challenging this year considering the circumstances. As scheduled, my husband would be away at work all summer so I made the ultimate decision to focus on the flatwork and do the best I could with Brynleigh in tow. Off to DQ land I went.

I sought out instruction from Suzi Gornall, whom I have had great success with my horses in the past. The idea of using funds for instruction may be simple to some but there is lengthy planning in attending and coordinating the trek to said lessons. Suzi frequently teaches out of Hurricane Hill Farm in Chichester, about an hour from our new home. No big deal right? Just throw the mare in the trailer and go, but it's not that simple with a tag-along toddler. I certainly became creative in keeping Brynleigh safe and entertained as I rode. My mare Moon, who has been fairly allergic to the sandbox, surely was favoring her vacation time and ultimately expressed her opinions frequently. Moon came off the track and prefers her racing days of being long, flat and strung out. It is super challenging for her to balance and would prefer pulling herself along and balancing on her very petite rider. Obtaining proper balance without some fractious meltdown is a milestone in itself. Suzi, being my eyes from the ground has the innate ability to figure out these challenging mounts. The focus throughout the summer was asking Moon to become smaller in her outline and ground covering gaits, keep all of her parts organized, and straightness and engaged in balance and mind.

Consistency is the key to success! I left each lesson with serious homework. Each day in between lessons, I would pack up the trailer, Brynleigh and Moon and ship across town to ride, where generous friends of ours have opened up Kingsbury Hill Farm to utilize. I was also able to test my progress with Moon at local dressage schooling shows and several USDF recognized shows, even earning our first qualifying score on a very long term goal towards a bronze medal.

I am so thankful for the tremendous support from Area I and the opportunity that this scholarship has provided me. I am equally thankful to all of the people who helped me along the way throughout the summer. From holding Moon or watching Brynleigh during warm-up or a test the equine community never ceases to amaze me with their undo support. Thank you all!

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