The USEF Grants for the Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships, supported by Debbie Smith


The USEF Grants for the Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships, supported by Debbie Smith

Deadline for submission is May 31, 11:59 pm est.

The USEF Grants for the Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships are a new program created in 2023 to support deserving riders achieve their dream of participating in the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships. This grant has been made possible by the generosity of Debbie Smith. All riders that intend to compete in either of the 2024 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships (East or West Coast) on a horse that is qualified or will be qualified are eligible to apply.

GRANT DETAILS: USEF will award up to four individuals a grant in the amount of $10,000 for the 2024 Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships. The grants will be awarded as two (2) grants for the East Coast and two (2) grants for the West Coast, one rider from the 3’6” and one rider from the 3’3” sections will be chosen. The recipients are encouraged to use the grant to cover the costs associated with participant in the Championship.

A portion of the grants will be paid in advance of the start of the Championship, with the balance of the grant paid after the recipient successfully completes the Championship.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Championship participants must complete the application form and questionnaire by the posted deadline. The recipient should exemplify the qualities most important in our sport: horsemanship, tenacity, and good sportsmanship. USEF will review application essays and select the four recipients. Recipients must complete the required letter of agreement with USEF to acknowledge receipt of the grant and tax form requirements.

All applications and recommendations must be submitted together through the USEF Grant Portal available here:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, May 31. 

Please send questions to

About Debbie Smith

Debbie Smith has undeniably loved horses since childhood, growing stronger throughout her adult life. She has competed on both the East and West Coasts, and her successful junior career has continued to the present day, resulting in numerous USEF Horse of the Year Awards. While the thrill of competition drives her, Debbie’s true passion is for the sport.

In addition to her riding, Debbie also supports U.S. Show Jumping at the highest levels and hopes to see her horse, Carissimo 25, ridden by Aaron Vale make the team for Olympics in Paris this summer.

From Olympic aspirations to generously supporting the Grant Program for the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship, Debbie’s commitment to providing opportunities for U.S. athletes to chase their dreams exemplifies her dedication and has made an incredible impact on the sport she loves