Note: Applications for this program will be accepted through June 30, 2015.
The USEA has established a Course Designers’ Educational Grant/Mentoring program to fund the education and development of new U.S. course designers.
There is an urgent need for new Course Designers with the riding experience necessary to understand the demands of the sport at the highest levels. By investing in the education and training of these future course designers, we will ensure the U.S. remains a major force in all aspects of international eventing and will always have pool of highly qualified course designers available to our organizers.
The Primary Grant aims to train new Course Designers, and will be open initially to riders who currently compete successfully at the CCI2* level, or those who have competed at the CCI2* level in recent years. Two Grants of up to $7,500 each will be awarded in 2015. Recipients will be trained by internationally acclaimed three- and four-star course designers. To date, Mike Etherington-Smith, Derek di Grazia, Mark Phillips and Ian Stark have all agreed to participate.
If the successful candidate meets all the requirements leading to licensing and exhibits the necessary commitment to become a course designer, the Grant will be awarded for a second year. The first year's education will take place in the U.S., and the second year will involve an overseas trip.
The Secondary Grant is available only to FEI Course Designers in the first year. This grant aims to encourage and reward existing course designers for the contribution they are already making to the sport. The Secondary Grant will be awarded each year to assist a designer in continuing his or her education by visiting one three- or four-star course overseas and working with the course designer of that course.
Please contact Lisa Rowe at (703) 779-0440 or [email protected] with any questions regarding the grants.