Foundation

Grants & Scholarships

General Grants

USHJAF Grants provide financial support to individuals, or organizations that require financial assistance for non-emergency projects that will benefit, enhance, or support constituents of the hunter/jumper industry. The USHJAF Board of Directors (BOD) reviews each application and its supporting documentation in order to make a determination in accordance with the need demonstrated.

The funding to support this program is derived from private gifts, USHJA member events and dedicated fund-raising efforts. The majority of the gifts distributed from the fund will be between $1,000 and $10,000. If approved, you will be required to supply the USHJAF with a comprehensive report detailing how the funding is being utilized within 60 days of receipt of funding. Following this initial report you will be required to submit a quarterly update on your project and the use of funding.

Grants are reviewed and awarded quarterly in March, June, September and December. The following items must be received by the USHJAF in their entirety on or before the posted deadlines. Grants applications that are not complete will not be reviewed.

Grant Procedures
Grant Application

"Making A Dream"

Have you ever had an equestrian dream that you just could not quite reach? Do you wish you could have a special experience in the equestrian world but challenging circumstances have gotten in your way? If so, then the Making a Dream grant may just make your dreams reality.

Our "Making A Dream" program is philanthropic in nature and extends opportunities to individuals who seek a special experience in the sport of hunters and jumpers, facing unique circumstances. Unique circumstances recipients might face include: physical or other special challenges, or resource limitations. Each experience is custom-designed depending upon the specific interests of the winning recipient who will receive the "Making A Dream" grant. The “Making A Dream” experience will provide up to $2,500.

Making A Dream Grant Nomination Form

2017 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant for the US Pony Finals
Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm


The US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm* is a rite of passage for many riders who begin in the hunter/jumper sport at a young age. The competition is not just another competition; it offers educational opportunities and chances for young riders to develop friendships and connections that will follow them throughout their participation in this sport.

Given this event's longstanding benefits to our young USHJA members, the USHJA Foundation is offering up to three annual grants to young riders, who exemplify the qualities that are most important in our sport – sportsmanship, tenacity, and horsemanship and can demonstrate a financial inability to afford the expense of going to the US Pony Finals, to go to the US Pony Finals.

The grant is not strictly monetary in nature but rather experience-based. The grant recipient(s) will receive an opportunity to compete at Pony Finals and will be provided an appropriate pony if one is needed.

This grant aims to inspire young riders to embrace this sport at the earliest age and encourage them to continue growing as equestrians is graciously supported by Becky and David Gochman and family.

Applications for 2017 are now being accepted, deadline for submission is April 1, 2017

USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant Application/Nomination Form

*USEF is not involved in the formation or execution of this grant.

USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education

The USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education is designed to encourage further education among equestrians. Each year, the USHJA Foundation will award up to $25,000 to one USHJA member to be used for college, graduate, trade or professional school.

Current USHJA members who have been members for at least three consecutive years are eligible for the scholarship. Applicants must be accepted to a college, graduate, professional, or trade school and be entering the 2017 fall semester as freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, trade or graduate student. They should be ranked in the top 20 percent of their class or have a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. For those who are not currently or recently in school, the Foundation will consider an equivalent employment history.

Candidates may only be awarded the USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education once. The Foundation will award the scholarship in early summer each year. The scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Kristen and James Hamel Family Foundation.

Applications for 2017 are now being accepted, deadline for submission is April 30, 2017

USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education Application

Making A Difference in Our Zones

The USHJA Foundation and USHJA Zones have joined to initiate a scholarship and grant development program. The Foundation has contributes additional funds to supplement select educational grants awarded by zones. This will "grow" the cash value of any scholarship a zone decides to give. Everyone wins. The recipient gets a more sizeable award, the zone is able to stretch their dollars farther and the Foundation fulfills their mission.

An Investment In Our Future: Each scholarship dollar awarded by USHJA zones brings us one step closer to insuring the future of the American hunter jumper sport. With these funds:

  • We will help students who choose to rise to the challenge of obtaining a college degree. Perhaps they will be the first in their family to ever attend college.
  • We will move future farriers and veterinary technicians one step closer to realizing their career dreams.
  • We will facilitate professionals in becoming certified trainers who might not otherwise be able to afford the expense.
  • We will encourage young equestrians to reach higher levels of riding accomplishment than maybe they thought they could ever attain.
  • Use the below map to visit your zone's grants and scholarships page. 10 of the 12 USHJA Zones are offering grants and/or scholarships.

    zone Zone I Zone II Zone III Zone IV Zone V Zone V Zone VI Zone VII Zone VIII Zone IX Zone X Zone XI Zone XII
    Jumper
     

    The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation is a non-profit 501(C) 3 organization.
    To make your tax deductible donation or for questions
    please contact Kate Cattani at (732) 979-7262