Lincoln, Nebraska – May 27, 2020 – The Dressage Foundation (TDF) announced a brand new grant available to young professional riders called the Amanda Johnson Freestyle Fund, which was established by Johnson’s family and friends in memory of her dedication to the sport of dressage,
The goal of the Amanda Johnson Freestyle Fund is to provide an annual grant of up to $2,000 to a young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 to pay for the costs of creating a professionally prepared musical freestyle for competition. Applicants must be current residents of USDF Region 2 or USDF Region 4.
The grant is in memory of Johnson, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 37 after a three-year struggle with triple negative breast cancer. Her family and friends remember her as kind, generous, humble, talented, and brave. She was a well-respected member of the dressage community as a trainer, coach, competitor, and clinician. She was a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist and earned her USDF Silver and Gold Freestyle Bars. Johnson was a lifelong student of dressage and especially enjoyed showing in the Musical Freestyle classes. One highlight for her was in 2017 when she was invited to the World Cup in Omaha, Nebraska, to ride the freestyle demonstration for the Dressage Showcase event. It was a thrill for her to do what she loved in front of an appreciative audience.
Johnson’s husband, James Borchardt and her mother, Barbara Putnam shared, “Our hope for this grant is for dedicated young professional dressage trainers in Region 2 or 4 to be able to reach their goal of having a professional create a freestyle for them that may have been otherwise financially out of reach. We know that Amanda would have loved this grant!”
Beth Baumert, TDF’s President and CEO, said, “We are honored to be able to remember Amanda in a way that will spread joy year after year. Thank you to all of Amanda’s family and friends who have donated to make this Fund a reality.”
To make a donation to the Amanda Johnson Freestyle Fund, please visit here. Applications will be available on The Dressage Foundation’s website in the coming days and the deadline for this year will be July 20, 2020.