The American Morgan Horse Educational Trust has announced the creation of a new scholarship opportunity for American Morgan Horse Association members. The Ellen DiBella Western Dressage Scholarship was established to promote the use of Morgan horses within the growing discipline of Western Dressage.
Western Dressage seeks to improve balance, cadence, and carriage of both horse and rider. By combining the disciplines of Dressage with the Philosophies of Western Riding, Western Dressage seeks to improve the partnership with a horse. The goal is a happier, more sound horse, and a more aware and knowledgeable rider. Achieving these goals is a journey of technique, learning, growth, practice, and patience. To help Western Dressage Riders participating with Morgan horses, this scholarship hopes to allow riders to advance in their skills once they are well into the first level.
The Scholarship is named to honor Ellen DiBella of Parker, Colorado, in recognition for her years of service to all things Morgan and especially her support in the creation of the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA). Ellen has spent a lifetime supporting the Morgan industry via her countless volunteer roles including (but certainly not limited to) AMHECT Board of Trustee, AMHA Board of Director, USEF Board of Director, USEF Rules Committee Member, Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show Committee Member and other countless subcommittees. Her passion for Western Dressage and her commitment to the WDAA are just a couple examples of Ellen’s positive influence on the equestrian community.
AMHECT has established this scholarship with a $10,000 commitment, and will accept donations to this scholarship at any time in Ellen’s honor. Donations can be submitted to the AMHECT Office by calling (802) 985-4944, Ext. 201 or submitting checks payable to AMHECT to 4037 Iron Works Pkwy, Ste 130, Lexington, KY 40511. Please indicate on the check that the donation is for the Ellen DiBella Scholarship Fund.
One scholarship will be awarded annually in an amount up to $1,000 to further the training and education of the applicant and their Morgan horse(s). For more information regarding the scholarship parameters or to obtain an application, visit the AMHECT Website here.
-- via AMHA