Bailey McCallum, a graduate of William Woods University, has been awarded a grant from the Dressage Foundation to attend the USEF/USDF Young Riders Graduate Program. McCallum earned her Bachelor of Science degree in equestrian science in 2012 and a Master of Education degree in equestrian education in 2015, both from WWU.
McCallum, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was one of seven young professionals to receive a grant from the Captain Jack Fritz Young Professionals Fund because they demonstrated financial need and dedication to dressage. The grants will be used to attend the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program in Florida Jan. 16-17.
Captain Fritz, for whom the grants are named, played a significant role in today’s equestrian sports world. He chaired the founding meeting of the U.S. Dressage Federation in 1973, as well as serving as chairman or member of numerous committees after that time.
Funding for the grants was provided through the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund. Lavell, 72, is an American equestrian who won a bronze medal in team dressage at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
“Carol Lavell had a wonderful mentor in Captain Jack Fritz, and she wanted to honor his memory in this way,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’s executive director. “We, in turn, are proud to offer this financial support to deserving young professionals. Their development is vital to the future success of dressage in the United States.”
Additionally, the Dressage Foundation provided a $15,000 grant directly to USDF for the Young Rider Graduate Program to help keep the costs reasonable for all attendees.