Tributes to Chuck Grant

Charles D. Grant
(1914-1990)

Chuck Grant on Shining Gold
at Michigan State University in the late 1960's
performing a circus bow.


Silent Command
Your equestrian students, past and present, wish to acknowledge and honor you, Charles D. Grant, for numerous outstanding contributions and national, as well as local, promotions of the fine art of dressage, which is considered by knowledgeable horseman to be the highest form of all equestrian activities and the most difficult to master.

As a driving force in a part of the equestrian world which had limited interest and little understanding in the United States, you were a leader in elevating and expanding dressage training and riding to a new high dimension. Your devotion and dedication to this higher level of horsemanship has assisted immeasurably in its steady development and expanding popularity.

The training of the horses and instruction of riders together with the producing of F.E.I. horses, professionals, and judges has not been exceeded by any other. You can also be proud that a majority of your students remain active in equestrian activities.

We salute you, Chuck Grant, as a master in the art of dressage with a trophy entitled "THE SILENT COMMAND".

Trophy presented 1977-1989 to the winner of the F.E.I. Prix St. Georges, held at Corner Stone Farm, Clarkston, MI, and later at the Waterloo Hunt Club, Grass Lake, MI.

    JUANITA BURKE ATKINSON
    LLOYD G. AVERY
    RICHARD AND ROSEMARY BALTHAZAR
    MR. AND MRS. DOMINIQUE BARBIER
    IN MEMORY OF PEGGY PARKER BART
    DIANE DUPUIS BEYER
    SUSAN FISHER BODOR
    CAROL BOLTHOUSE
    BOB AND GINNIE BOND
    BARBARA COUZENS BRENNAN
    C. FREDRICK BRODERSEN
    LYNN STRANAHAN BUTLER
    PATTI GREFLEY CARLSON
    DR. AND MRS. GAIUS CLARK
    JOANNE CLARK
    BILL COUZENS
    ALISON CRAM
    CELIA G. CRAM
    RICK AND MARY ANN CRAM
    DEEAN CRAMER
    COLLEEN CRANE
    MEGAN CRAYMER
    PAMILLA DARVIN
    LESLIE A. DOAK
    MARTHA NOTMAN DODGE
    TED DODGE
    DORIS AND JAKE DONOHUE
    DAVID T. DORT
    CHRISTINE PETERSON DUFFIELD
    ZANDER DUFFIELD
    FRANK H. DUFFY, M.D.
    DAN AND SHIRLEY DUROCHER
    NANCY BRICKER EATON
    DORIS"BUTCH" ELEFTERIO
    RUTH H. EVERETT
    PETER J. FISHER
    CHRIS AND CHUCK FRENCH
    LARRY GLEFKE
    HENRY GLEISNER
    ALAN L. GORNICK
    CAROLE, MARY ANN AND TONYA GRANT
    CARYLEE HAMMER
    MALCOLM AND NANCY HARRIS
    PATTI BUGAS HARRIS
    CLARENCE HASTINGS
    MR. AND MRS. RICHARD S. HAUGHTON
    VIOLET HOPKINS
    ELLEN GOODWIN HULL
    CONNIE JANE
    ANNE M. JELLINEK
    RUTH STRAUS JELLINEK
    HELEN KEMP
    ROSALIND KINSTLER
    OWEN AND SALLY KLEINSCHMIDT
    JUDITH J. KOLLMANN
    DAVID R. LACKEY
    MR. AND MRS. H. G. LACKEY
    LOIS JONES LACKEY
    SUSAN WOODHOUSE LANG
    GEORGE D. LATIMER
    DELORES LAVINS


    LAURIE LAVINS
    PAUL LAVINS
    PAT LEATHERDALE
    MR. AND MRS. ALEXANDER MACKAY-SMITH
    WALTER AND MARY ANNE MCPHAIL
    BARBARA MACQUEEN
    VIRGINIA H. MALLMANN
    GINA O'BRIEN MANION
    SALLY CHIPPS MANN
    G. HOWARD MILLER
    BRIDGET MILNES
    KEITH AND SHIRLEY MOODY
    PAM MOODY
    CAROLINE M. MOORE
    CINDY SCOTT MORCOCK FOR CINDY AND DEBBIE SCOTT
    MARGIE MULDER
    KATHY MURPHY
    JOHN AND JOANN NEEPER
    MARILYN COLE NELSON
    JOHN AND DIANA NICHOLLS
    CYNTHIA CAMPBELL O'CONNOR
    ANITA ORMAND
    MR. AND MRS. DONALD PETERSON
    CRAIG M. PHILLIPS
    BETH POLOZKER
    JAYE POLOZKER
    NANCY POLOZKER
    SUE POLOZKER
    ELAINE POWELL
    PAULA LIESKE PRETHERS
    LINDA LACKEY RANDS
    DEBBIE REHMAN
    JACQUIE RENIER
    PATRICIA A. REYNOLDS
    TRINA BAKER RIORDAN
    LINDLEY ROBINSON
    MARTHA RODIN
    KITTEN JAMES SCHWALD
    JOCELYN SCOFIELD
    CATHERINE MOORE SEDORE
    DONA AND LEROY SHERMAN
    MURPH COUZENS SLATTERY
    H. B. STUBBS BARBARA STEPHENSON
    MIKE SUTTON
    BETH TAIT
    KATHY THEISSON
    COLETTE THIEL
    JUDY THOCHER
    CAROLINE TREVIRANUS
    JUDITH KING VENZKE
    GRETCHEN RAEDER VERBONIC
    CHRIS DOAN WATHELET
    LYNNE WERNEY
    LARUALEE SPAKE AND FERAL E. WILLIAMS
    ROXIE G. WILSON
    WISC. DRESSAGE ASSOC. SE CHAPTER
    MARY J. WOLCOTT
    MARI ZDUNIC



The Chuck Grant High Point Grand Prix Trophy


CHARLES DUDLEY GRANT, (1914-90) is recognized internationally as the premier American trainer of Dressage and Haute Ecole horses. Known to friends, acquaintances and audiences as "Chuck", he trained more horses to the recognized Grand Prix competition level (17) than any American trainer. He is also known as the father of American Dressage, which had its civilian impetus here in southeast Michigan after World War II.

Chuck was a debonair gentleman and the consummate horse trainer; he was a student of the horse, its history as well as its training; an author, of magazine articles and books; a polo player and trainer of polo ponies; a trainer-coach of nationally competitive jumpers, eventers and dressage riders; a "saw dust" trainer/exhibitor of high school horses; the teacher of professional horsemen and horsewomen from coast to coast; a friend, companion, and acquaintance of performers, trainers and riders over the world.

Chuck had a fantastic memory for people, horses and events. He seemed to never forget a face and seldom a name. More importantly, he was never too busy to say hello to anyone. In students and horses, he took them as they came and as time allowed, he always did his best. He probably trained more breeds than any trainer. Always an inspiration to horse people, it is not surprising that in his long and energetic life, it is said he trained more amateur and professional riders and trainers than any American.

We and our horses miss you, Chuck. We salute you, friend.

Richard A. Schlegel, President
Midwest Lipizzan Association



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