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2021-2022 Scholarship Guidelines

Dear CDS Foothill Chapter Members,

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. 


This year, we are proud to continue to offer our members the fabulous scholarships awarded last year. The success of our fundraising efforts will determine the number of awards per scholarship. We encourage everyone to apply (last year we only had 2 adult amateurs apply and were not able to give out all our available awards)!


Below we have provided the eligibility requirements, application procedure, selection procedure, ways to acquire your mandatory volunteer hours and approved award utilization. Please note that due to the pandemic, we have created many opportunities that allow you can get your volunteer hours from the comfort of your home if you are uncomfortable attending events! 


Thank you very much for the continued support of our chapter. We hope that these scholarships help our members achieve their riding goals! 



  • Number of awards will be determined by the amount of funds raised each year.

  • Maximum 2 scholarships may be awarded to each rider (not including Raffle drawing and Jr/Yr Community scholarships) per year.

  • Awards will be provided to recipients as reimbursements. Receipts with scholarship reimbursement form will be required for each reimbursement.

  • Funds must be used towards clinics, showing, lessons, and continuing education. A more detailed list is provided below.

  • Award must be used within a 12-month period or funds will be voided.

  • A recipient must be a Foothill Chapter member at the time funds are used.

  • Awards are non-transferable except from parents to children under the age of 12. CDS member parents can apply for open or adult awards only.

  • Recipients may be required to write an article of no less than 500 words for the Foothill Chapter newsletter or other social media and marketing. 


  • Show entries

  • Workshops

  • Clinics

  • Lessons

  • Equestrian educational lectures and events pertaining to dressage and horse care. 

  • USDF University Credits

  • Attending CDS annual meeting

  • Community Scholarship- Any expenditure related to spreading awareness of dressage and our chapter.

Please contact the scholarship committee at if you are unsure if a certain expense qualifies.



  • Must have an active CDS Foothills Chapter membership in good standing.

  • Must be a Junior or Young rider per USDF regulations for Jr/Yr Scholarships.

  • Must be an Adult amateur per USEF Article GR1306 for Adult Amateur Scholarships.

  • Must be an Open rider per USDF regulations for Open Scholarships.

  • Vintage rider’s must be 60 years or older and compete at the Foothill Chapter rated show.

  • Must be a Para rider per USDF regulations for Para Rider Scholarship.

  • Must have volunteered a minimum of 8 hours at Foothill Chapter and/or CDS events from Nov 1 2019-Dec 1 2020. A list of suggested volunteer events and duties is provided at the end of application. 


  • "General Application" and "Authorization Form" are required for all applicants.

  • Each scholarship has additional requirements found on their corresponding applications.

  • Sportsmanship scholarships will require a nomination by a CDS Trainer.

  • Applications will be submitted online:

    • Deadline is Dec 1 2020 by 11:59 pm

  • Late applications will not be considered.

  • Awards will be announced at the Foothill Chapter Holiday Banquet. You do not have to be present to receive awards.


  • Scholarship applicants will be reviewed by the Foothill Chapter Scholarship Committee.

  • The final decision will be made by the Foothill Chapter Board.



This year is unique as many of our fundraisers will be online due to the pandemic. There will still be many opportunities to achieve volunteer hours.


The following is a list of 2020 ONLINE Foothill Chapter fundraisers. 

  1. Online Fundraisers

    1. CDS Coffee Book

    2. Coffee with Kasey

    3. Portrait Experience

  2. The following events are tentatively scheduled pending the status of the pandemic. 

    1. Foothill Chapter Show (Oct 17-18)

    2. Foothill Freestyle Clinic (Oct 25)

    3. Introduction to Half Steps and Passage/Piaffe Clinic (Nov 14-15)

    4. Test Memorization Clinic (Date TBD)

    5. Foothill Chapter Holiday Party (Date TBD)

    6. CDS Annual (Date TBD)

  3. Writing an article about Foothills Chapter for local newspapers, social media or newsletters.

    1. The article must be published and copy provided with application.

  4. Bringing awareness of our events, chapter, and dressage including but not limited to:

    1. distributing flyers

    2. speaking about dressage at schools or camps

    3. encouraging lesson programs and horse camps to include dressage lessons

  5. Attending and contributing to open board meetings 

  6. Joining and participating in Foothill Chapter committees


There are many ways to help including organizing, fundraising, recruiting sponsors, recruiting attendees, selling tickets, managing tables, marketing, managing social media, setting up, cleaning up, scribing, running score sheets, announcing, calculating scores, selling food, making fliers etc. There is something for everyones’ talents, abilities and comfort levels during the pandemic.

To volunteer for any of the above opportunities, please contact Debbie Doss at 

Please continue to check Foothills Chapter event Calendar for volunteer opportunities.

If there is a opportunity you feel would meet volunteer eligibility please email the scholarship committee for approval at

As we would like to help support our governing body, volunteering at CDS sponsored events will be considered for future scholarships. Please see the following link for CDS events


By volunteering we can come together as a community and help each other reach our dressage goals. Bringing positive awareness and exposure about dressage will help grow and develop this amazing sport.

The Foothills Chapter Scholarship Committee thanks you for your continued support!

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