Press Release

TDF’s Jane Svoie Adult Amateur Fund Awards Grant to Kristi Bloom

June 07, 2023 – The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is honored to announce the 2023 recipient of the Jane Savoie Fund for Adult Amateurs. Kristi Bloom (MN) will receive a $4,600 grant to train with Heather Salden Kurtz and Emily Miles.

Kristi has ridden dressage most of her adult life and began to show when she was 60 years old. With her first horse, General BC, trained by Lisa Rush, Kristi earned her USDF gold medal. She now owns 9-year-old Jjaguar B and would like to earn her USDF silver medal within the next year.

Kristi said, “This grant lifts a financial burden off my shoulders at a time where I need the support, as I am back in the saddle after a challenging year of health issues. I am training with terrific trainers, Heather Salden Kurtz and Emily Miles. I am not afraid of hard work and these trainers aren’t afraid to ask for it. Truly, the award is very meaningful on multiple fronts.  I am thrilled about having been chosen and thank TDF very sincerely!”

The Jane Savoie Fund for Adult Amateurs was established in 2021 by Jane’s family and friends in memory of her lifelong love of horses and career as a trainer, teacher, author, and motivational speaker.  A grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded from the Jane Savoie Fund to an adult amateur rider of any age, who is training any breed of horse at 4th Level or Prix St. Georges, and who reflect Jane’s ethos of developing each horse to its potential. These grants are intended to enable recipients to achieve knowledge and training that would otherwise be financially out of reach. 

The grant guidelines and application for the Jane Savoie Fund for Adult Amateurs can be found on TDF’s website at The application deadline is April 10th of each year.

TDF welcomes donations to the Jane Savoie Fund for Adult Amateurs. Gifts can be made by credit card at or by calling Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director, at (402) 434-8585. Donations by check can be mailed to TDF’s office at 1314 ‘O’ Street, Suite 305, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508.

About The Dressage Foundation 

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to educating, supporting, and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders, judges, instructors, breeders, high performance teams, and nonprofit equestrian organizations. For more information, please visit

Payton Medford

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