At the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in December 2011, Sharon White was surprised and honored to receive the $30,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant.
Three years later, White is fulfilling the end goal of this generous grant as she spends several weeks overseas, representing the United States at the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in the Netherlands with Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection and the Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4* in France with Dale Clabaugh’s Wundermaske.
“In 2011, I was the inaugural recipient of the Becky Broussard International Developing Rider Grant. The grant allowed me to travel overseas to compete for the first time, and was a springboard for my development as an international rider,” said White of Summit Point, West Virginia.
“With the grant, I was able to travel to the Blenheim CCI*** and compete Rafferty’s Rules. This was a huge opportunity to see what it would take to be able to compete with the best in the world. This year, I was given a Land Rover grant and have made my first Nations Cup team with Under Suspection at Boekelo, making Becky’s dream a reality. Her vision to support up and coming U.S. riders is perceptive, insightful and necessary to the development our riders into international riders.”
The unprecedented $250,000 fund was established in memory of Rebecca Broussard with the USEA Endowment Trust to offer, for five consecutive years beginning in 2011, an annual $50,000 in training and competition grants to developing riders who are successfully competing at the advanced level.
“Becky empowered the eventing community to dream big and provided the powerful platform to accomplish those big dreams,” said Lou Leslie, Chairman of the USEA Endowment Trust. “And, with her tribe of devoted family and friends, Becky established the International Developing Rider Grant Program…Becky’s legacy is becoming a reality.”