The J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant was developed by friends and family of the late J.T. Tallon, a Lexington, Virginia, horseman and USHJA member who dedicated his career to equestrian sport for over 40 years. Tallon was dedicated to helping riders excel in the equitation arena. He was part of a group that founded the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association, led the Southern Seminary for Women to IHSA championship victory eight times, and the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College won three championships with his leadership as Equestrian Director.

The purpose of this grant is to honor Tallon’s commitment to encouraging excellence in the equitation arena by inspiring junior riders with a passion for equitation to pursue their goals. Through this grant, junior USHJA members with limited financial resources who have qualified for a national equitation final are provided the support they need to attend.

Each year, the USHJA Foundation will grant $1,000 to one junior rider who has qualified for a national equitation championship at a fence height of 3′ or higher.*

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Active USHJA Membership
  • US Citizen or Legal Resident
  • Junior Rider that has Qualified for a National Equitation Final on a Horse (pony riders are not eligible for this grant)
  • Demonstrate Financial Need

Applications for the 2021 J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant will open soon. 

Deadline & Award Notification

Incomplete applications and applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered for this grant. Applicants will be informed of the award decision before the end of August. Previous recipients of this grant may not apply; this grant may only be received by any individual once.

*Eligible Equitation Finals: 3′ 6″ National Finals | Dover Saddlery USEF Hunter Seat Medal | ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class | Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search – East & West | Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals | Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal Finals | National PHA Medal 3’+ National Finals | Taylor Harris National Children’s Medal Finals | Marshall & Sterling Children’s Medal Finals | Hamel Foundation National Horse Show 3′ 3″ Equitation Championship | USHJA 3′ 3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals – East and West

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