Developing international talent continues to be a top priority for the eventing community, and it was the vision of David and Cheryl Lenaburg that brought the Wilton Fair Grant to life. A donation of $1,000,000 was made, earmarked for grants to be given out each year to riders who have not yet ridden for a senior team.
Owners of Wilton Fair for David O’Connor, the Lenaburgs watched as David’s then-blooming career flourished — he would go on to partner with “Wilbur” to win Rolex Kentucky in 1990, among numerous other career highlights. Truly, opportunity presented often opens the doors to change a rider’s life. And so, Wilton Fair’s legacy lives on, the grant born as a way to continue providing those opportunities to deserving and talented riders.
Today (March 30) is the final day to apply for the 2020 Wilton Fair International Grant. In order to apply, riders must meet the following criteria:
- The Wilton Fair International Grant is available to U.S. citizens through the year of their 27th birthday.
- Riders must not have ridden on an international senior team.
- Applications are invited from riders competing successfully at the CCI4* level and above.
- Applicants must be willing and able to apprentice with an approved rider/trainer in Europe within 12 months of receiving the grant.
- Riders who have already trained overseas for an extended period of time are ineligible.
- Must submit a Declaration of Interest by March 30.
If awarded, the Wilton Fair International Grant must be used to offset training, travel, living, and stabling costs. Ongoing reports on progress and how the grant is being used will also be required from the recipient.
The Declaration of Interest is the first step in the application process, which is followed by interviews should the applicant be moved forward. The decision will be made by the USEA Foundation along with recommendations from the United States Equestrian Emerging Athletes Group.
Best of luck to all applicants!