Sponsored Riders

& Certified Partners

Sponsored Trainer:

Jessica Jo Tate

JJ took her first dressage lesson at age 9 and by 11 she had already found her mentor in legendary classical dressage master and USDF Hall of Fame inductee Charles De Kunffy (with whom she still trains today).


At 18, she moved to Europe and spent the next 2 1/2 years in intensive training with Hungarian Olympian Gyula Dallos. Upon her return to the United States in 1999, JJ earned the distinction of being the nations top young rider at Grand Prix. She led her North American Young Rider team to a silver medal, and competed in the Pan American Games Selection Trials. By the end of the following year she had earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.


Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate began to take her place among the country’s riding elite early, making her FEI debut at just 16 years old. Earning numerous national and regional titles, JJ’s has trained and competed over 27 horses at the FEI levels, including eight at Grand Prix. Known for her classical education and elegant riding, she is a top competitor who’s devotion to the very highest standards of horsemanship and integrity make her a positive role model in the contemporary dressage world. JJ has been longlisted for the World Equestrian Games and represented the United States in competitions abroad.

Jillian Kreinbring Sponsored by The Equestrian Joural
Every grant recipient receives their very own Equestrian Journal!

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States.


Lowell Boomer started The Dressage Foundation in 1989, and since that time, over $1.5 million in scholarships and grants has been awarded to improve dressage in the United States. ​All of the funding for these grants and scholarships was provided by contributions from donors. These donations have come to us in all sizes - small, medium, large, and extra large.


Every contribution is important to our work and has allowed the Foundation to provide monetary assistance to thousands of riders, instructors, judges, and groups to advance their knowledge and experience in the sport of dressage.

The Dressage Foundation
Winter Intensive Training Program participants will receive their very own Equestrian Journal!

The Winter Intensive Training Program is not for the casual dressage rider, but for aspiring young riders that are committed to be the best they can be. This program takes determination, drive and passion.


Any rider under 26 may apply to take advantage of the rare opportunities this program has to offer. It does not matter how much experience you have, at what level you’re currently riding, or the horse you have. Your dedication, passion and discipline are what must shine on your application. Participants in the Winter Intensive Training Program are held to high standards of character and professionalism.

The Dressage Foundation
Every grant recipient receives their very own Equestrian Journal!

The GDCTA Grant has been established to provide funding support for GDCTA member-riders who are working to sharpen their riding skills. Four grants of $800* each will be offered to GDCTA members for concentrated work with a trainer of their choice within one year of receiving the grant award.


The grant is meant for a GDCTA member to have the opportunity to be in a training situation that is not readily available during the course of his/her daily pattern. Grant monies must be used to participate in educational programs that include, but are not limited to: seminars, workshops, clinics and training programs offered by recognized or certified instructors.

Sponsored Trainer:

Megan Compton

Hope Valley Farm is home to head trainer, Megan Compton and her string of competition horses.


In high school, she started her first horse under saddle and grew to love working with "the babies".  In Megan's young 20's she was invited to become a part of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship teaching Faculty Team at Pat and Linda's ranches in Colorado and Florida.  This year and a half opportunity allowed her to work with such a wide range of horses, hone her teaching abilities, and start more youngsters under saddle. 


Megan returned to South Alabama with a purpose to start Hope Valley Farm: a place where top competitors were made in Dressage with a focus on a natural foundation to keep the horse's dignity and spirit intact through the training process.  Megan's goal for every horse that comes through the barn doors at HVF is that it learns to love being around people and to love its job.  So far, she's seen amazing results.

Jillian Kreinbring Sponsored by The Equestrian Joural
Sponsored Trainer:

Jillian Kreinbring

Jillian’s deep concern for the health of horses fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and its relationship to sound biomechanics and mental well-being. She continues her riding and in hand education with Manolo Mendez, Stephanie Millham, and Peggy Cummings. Prior to his death in 2016, Jillian studied extensively with Mark Russell.


Jillian has also studied Equine Osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute. This body of knowledge offers a different perspective aiding Jillian in her approach to horsemanship. It is her conviction that helping riders learn how the horse’s mind and all physical systems of the body work in concert, promotes healthy riding and training habits. The benefit of which is freedom of movement. To further that end, Jillian developed her lecture series; Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential.

Jillian Kreinbring Sponsored by The Equestrian Joural
Sponsored Trainer:

Jennifer Flowers

FEI Rider & Competitor • USDF Silver & Bronze Medalist • USDF L Graduate

Jennifer offers training, coaching, and development of all horses, regardless of discipline, age, and breeding, through Jennifer Flowers Dressage.

Jennifer Flowers Dressge

“Jennifer Flowers Dressage is happy to share our newest sponsor. The Equestrian Journal. This is a tool that allows trainers and Riders alike to track progress of their horses through organized calendars, journaling spaces and guided questions. No longer do you have to leave your lesson scratching your head and try to remember what the instructor told you to work on for next time.”


 - Jennifer Flowers, FEI Rider & Competitor • USDF Silver & Bronze Medalist • USDF L Graduate

Andrea Baldwin. Equipbotanial
Seeking to better understand herbs, their actions, and how they are used in formulas to assist in healing and balancing horses?

Equine Herbal and Energetics is a fantastic place to begin your journey.
For centuries, many cultures have understood the energetics of plants, herbs or food and how this can impact the body.  Western Herbal Medicine does not look at energetics the way Eastern Medicine does, this viewpoint has been lost and herbs are thought of like pharmaceuticals. This is unfortunate since herbs chosen based on their energetics and in small doses encourage the self-healing powers of the body.