Are you, or do you know, a NextGen athlete aspiring to compete internationally in Dressage, Para Dressage or Hunter/Jumper? The following bursaries and one mentorship program are now taking applications to support athletes looking for learning opportunities and financial support for international competition, sport science, training, equipment and sport education.

Please find descriptions of each offer below with links to complete information, eligibility requirements, considerations, and the application forms. We encourage you to seize one of these chances to elevate your skills, connect with mentors, and help your equestrian journey soar to new heights!

The Brosda Olympic Bursary Dressage

As a lasting legacy in memory of Élisabeth Brosda, The Brosda Olympic Bursary is designed to help NextGen dressage athletes develop the skill and determination to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. The selected athlete will receive $10,000 to go towards competitions, sport science, training, equipment and sport education.

Application deadline is January 1, 2024

Bridging The Gap Training Bursary

The Bridging the Gap Training Bursary is intended to develop the next generation of Canadian Para Dressage athletes with a unique training and development opportunity with Paralympian Lauren Barwick, Canada’s most decorated Para Dressage athlete. The athlete awarded the bursary will receive two weeks (5 lessons per week) of private training with Lauren, accommodation, horse board, and an EC $5,000 financial bursary to support with transport and meal expenses.

Application deadline is January 1, 2024

Young Horse Development Program -Dressage

Young Horse Development Program – Dressage for 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses promotes and encourages the proper development of young horses using the training scale, identifies talent, encourages owners to keep horses in training with Canadian athletes and prepares horses for future international success.

Application deadline is January 1, 2024

Jill Irving Youth Equine Mentorship Program

The Jill Irving Youth Equine Mentor Program is a grass-roots initiative designed to provide 12 Canadian up-and-coming dressage and hunter/jumper riders the invaluable opportunity to observe professional competition first-hand and learn directly from experienced riders and coaches at the highest levels of the sport. The program provides accommodation in Wellington, FL for recipients and covers all program expenses (travel to FL is at the athlete’s expense). Applicants must be aged 18-21 as of January 1st, 2024. Program dates are February 29 – March 4, 2024.

Application Deadline: January 8, 2024 by 5 pm EST