Chuck Grant (1997)

Gifted - Carol LavellPresented in Tribute to Chuck Grant 1914-1990 Trainer of 17 competitive Grand Prix horses, instructor and noted author, Chuck Grant introduced Dressage to the Midwest and inspired students for generations.


Growing up on a farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, E.G. Charles "Chuck" Grant spent many hours riding the farm horses bareback. After high school, at the age of nineteen, he signed up to pursue a college degree in maritime engineering.

That summer, in 1934, Grant discovered the 122nd Field Artillery and soon changed his course to join the National Guard unit, where he could ride horses every day. A fellow serviceman gave him James Fillis's nineteenth-century training classic, Breaking and Riding, and Grant became interested in training horses, reading every book on the subject he could find. Read more