Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship News


Gerry Dilger | Fasig-Tipton photo

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation announced the recipient of a one-time scholarship, with Shelby DeVita, a senior majoring in Equine Science and Management at the University of Kentucky, receiving a grant of a semester's tuition. DeVita has worked for Calumet Farm and is currently working as a tech at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. She is Vice President of the UK rodeo team and participates in roping and barrel racing competitions.

In addition, the board announced a one-time scholarship to the Irish National Stud. Full tuition will be paid for an Irish citizen to attend the world renowned Irish National Stud program in 2022. The board will announce the recipient of this scholarship over the coming weeks.

Due to ongoing Covid travel restrictions, the 2021 Springhouse Farm recipients, Rachel Doran and Ciara Russell, were unable to travel from Ireland to Kentucky. However, they are expected to proceed with their placements at Springhouse next year.

“We are delighted to offer additional scholarships in memory of Gerry, who supported and promoted so many equine industry participants over the years,” said Erin Dilger. “Thank you to all our donors who make this possible.”

The foundation also awards an annual Irish National Stud scholarship in partnership with KEMI. Full details of all scholarship opportunities are available at

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