The Wilton Fair Grant Committee (members: Brian Sabo, chair; Becky Holder; David Lenaburg; Kevin Baumgardner; David O’Connor) has now determined the criteria and the process to be used when selecting the recipients for the Wilton Fair Grant(s). The Committee intends to be as flexible as possible to ensure the very best candidate(s) are selected for this remarkable grant, and that no one is overlooked. It is essential that the Committee fulfill the wishes of the donors, Mr. David Lenaburg, and his wife, Cheryl, who want the grant(s) to ensure the successful development of the U.S.'s top young talent preparing them to take their places on future international teams.
Mr. Lenaburg supported a young David O'Connor and was instrumental in helping him reach his goal of representing the U.S. on the international eventing scene, and look how that turned out! David won numerous team medals and an Olympic Individual Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics. Now Mr. and Mrs. Lenaburg want to help a new generation of riders reach the height of their potential.
The Committee has established the following criteria for the Wilton Fair Grants:
It should be noted that participation in the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships will have an increasingly strong influence on the Wilton Fair Grant Program going forward. Riders who have represented their Areas at the championships will gain the attention of the Committee because of the experience they have gained riding on a championship team and the commitment they have made to the Young Riders Program. For our Juniors and Young Riders who have serious ambitions to ride on an international team in the future, it would be wise to make the NAJYRC an essential part of your planning.
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