Lesley King Memorial Scholarship

About Lesley King

Lesley_KingLesley King was a friend and inspiration to all those she encountered. An educator at heart, she was devoted to her many friends, the horse community and all animals whom she touched both great and small. With a genuine kindness she touched so many lives offering herself openly and selflessly. She was a person who was determined yet dignified, strong yet poised, and loyal to her high standards of horsemanship, citizenship and civility.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Lesley came to the United States to study veterinary medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet). She dedicated her career to PennVet where she was the founder and Director of small animal critical care. She was instrumental in the development of the veterinary intensive care specialty. She was recognized nationally and internationally for her accomplishments, research and publications.

Both in her career and in her equestrian life, she was distinguished, accomplished, and passionate. Lesley achieved national recognitions with her two young horses that she rode and trained in the disciplines of eventing and dressage. Among many achievements, she was a national champion in training level eventing; then later received her Silver Medal by the USDF. While she is missed by all, her kind generosity and legacy of learning shall continue to inspire us.

The Lesley King Memorial Scholarship

Lesley King Memorial Scholarship Application

The Lesley King Memorial Scholarship seeks to honor an adult amateur rider who demonstrates a passion for people and horsemanship while pursing the discipline of dressage. In her name, the honoree chosen annually will receive a scholarship of $1,000.00 to support professional training to support the attainment of the rider’s goals.

Eligibility and Application:
1. An adult amateur rider and current member of DVCTA who is dedicated to the pursuit of dressage riding.
2. To be considered, applicants must complete and submit the application form including three references.
3. A successful recipient is ineligible to apply to the scholarship in the year following acceptance of the award.
4. Application Deadline is October 31st of each year.

The scholarship recipient is announced at the year-end awards banquet. Applicants are considered based on review of application and evaluation of rider goals. In addition, consideration is made to the rider’s engagement with the riding community, citizenship and horsemanship. A rider’s dressage level or scores are not considered in the evaluation. Applicants are considered by the founders of the memorial scholarship and the DVCTA board. One recipient per year will be selected. A recipient is ineligible the year after having accepted the award.

The successful recipient has one year to apply the total amount of the scholarship. The scholarship must be utilized for training in the discipline of dressage by a professional level trainer. The choice of a professional trainer or trainers is at the recipient’s discretion; however shall not be applied to fund additional training with an established trainer with whom the rider has a recent/current relationship. Scholarship funds are only to be used for in-person training while under saddle in the presence of the selected professional trainer(s). The funds are not to be applied to training in other forms (such as book, video or online). Funds are not to be applied to expenses including but not limited to rider or horse transportation costs, ring fees, or show entry fees. Any unused funds will be forfeited if not utilized within one year of award notification. Trainer fees above and beyond the scholarship amount will not be covered and are the responsibility of the recipient.

After the training experience, the recipient must write an account of how the experience supported the furtherance of the rider’s goals and how it contributed to their skills, knowledge and abilities as a rider and horseman/woman. Payment will be made directly to the trainer(s) of choice by the DVCTA after the written statement is received. DVCTA reserves the right to use the final statement from the recipient all or in-part for use in promotional activities. The Lesley King Memorial Scholarship founders and DVCTA board reserves the right to change or discontinue the scholarship program for any reason at any time with or without notice.

Missed by all, her kind generosity and legacy of learning shall continue to inspire us.


All donations to the DVCTA’s Lesley King Memorial Scholarship will be held in a separate fund for its sole use.  DVCTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and no goods are services are provided to in exchange for donations to this scholarship fund. 100% of you donation may be tax-deductible — please check with your tax advisor.

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C/o Darcy Miller, Treasurer
210 White Horse Road
Cochranville, Pa. 19330