Deadline For Applications Is March 15

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The USHJA Foundation is accepting applications for the Gochman Family Grant, which helps riders attend the USEF Pony Finals each year.

"This sport gives us all so much, and the Foundation gives us a way to give a little bit of that back to our community," said Debbie Bass, chair of the USHJA Foundation. "We encourage anyone meeting the criteria for these opportunities to apply; that's why they're here, and we look forward to supporting the aspirations of our incredible community."

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Each year, the Foundation selects up to three individuals, who exemplify sportsmanship, tenacity, and horsemanship, to receive the Gochman Grant, which aims to inspire young riders to embrace this sport at the earliest age and encourage them to continue growing as equestrians, by providing them the opportunity to compete at USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Pony Finals takes place Aug. 5-11, in Lexington, Ky., and Gochman Grant applications must be received by Friday, March 15 to be considered.

Go to to access the Gochman Family Grant application.

To date the grant has been awarded to 10 individuals: Olivia Elmore (2018), Sydney Spevak (2018), Ryder Richardson (2018), Logan Blake Crouser (2017), Olivia deStanley (2017), Ella Doerr (2017), Judy Dettore (2016), Riley Hogan (2016), Cecillia Machado (2016) and Matthew Bravo (2015). Individuals may receive the grant only once.

"This week has been such an incredible experience," said 2018 grant recipient Sydney Spevak at the conclusion of her week of showing Moon Run Duplicity, "Dolly," owned by Katie Cohen and trained by Emily Elek of Stonewall Ponies. "If you're thinking about applying, please do. I didn't think I would get the grant, but I did, and it has been absolutely amazing."

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