Mid-South Eventing & Dressage Association

That'll Do Educational Grant

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The That’ll Do Grant is a fund of $1,000 to provide financial assistance to riders 22 years of age or older as of January 1 of the grant year, producing their own off the track thoroughbred to the upper levels of the sport.*

Deadline for Application Submission: December 31, 2020.
(Must be postmarked by December 31 to be eligible; email applications will be accepted. Make sure application and essay are legible or they will be ineligible for consideration)

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: Please read the rules carefully and abide by them when applying. Applications will be ineligible for consideration for any of the following reasons:

  • Applicant is not in good standing with MSEDA.
  • Essay is not complete along with intentions of how the funds will be used.
  • Essay/applications are not legible.


  • Applicant must be 22 years old or older as of January 1 of the grant year and is a current member of MSEDA in good standing.
  • Ideally this grant is geared toward a rider who has minimal experience above the preliminary level, and who only owns one or two horses.

  • The horse must be owned by the rider

  • The horse must be an off the track Thoroughbred who has raced or at least trained to race, before being obtained by the rider directly from the track or through an adoption agency etc.

  • The rider must have done all the training on the horse themselves (with the guidance of a coach/instructor)

  • The rider should currently have little or no outside financial assistance toward lessons, training, competing etc.

  • The horse and rider should be successfully competing at the training or preliminary level (other levels will be considered).

  • The rider is planning to compete the horse at the upper levels, ideally aiming for the intermediate or advanced levels in the future

HOW TO APPLY: Please write an essay explaining:

  • Why this grant is important to you.

  • How you intend to use the funds

  • What your ultimate goals are.

  • Essays must include financial need.

  • Please fill out the application and submit with essay.


  • Recipient must keep an accounting journal/log of their expenses including receipts for all lessons, clinics, etc. This will be submitted with the article and pictures for the MSEDA Newsletter.

  • Once the winner has been chosen, the deadline for article for MSEDA newsletter will be given and must be met.

  • The funds from this grant are to be utilized for furthering the horse and rider's education (clinics, lessons, camps).

  • Funds cannot be used for competition purposes.

  • Funds must be used during a single calendar year.

  • All expenses should be justified in writing (bills, receipts, etc.)

  • Any monies used in an inappropriate way must be repaid.

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  • Entries will be judged by the MSEDA Education Committee and Jenn O’Neill.

  • The judges will be familiar with eventing but not necessarily a competitor, rider or instructor. A judge cannot be a relative of the applicant or involved with the applicant as an instructor or coach.

  • The recipient will be awarded a check and certificate during the awards dinner at the MSEDA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.


  • The recipient must keep a record of their activity and from this share their experience with other riders in the form of an article to be published in the MSEDA Newsletter and Social Media outlets.

*Denotes approval of the grant panel.

Apply for the Grant

Click here to download the application form.

Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MSEDA’s mission is to promote and preserve the sports of Eventing and Dressage in the Mid-South area, by providing leadership and education to its members and the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the FEI level.

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