The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) has awarded three recipients memorial grants this year in loving memory of Harry Sebring and Elberta Honstein.
The numerous applications always present a daunting challenge to the selection committee. The Morgan breed is very lucky to have so many young adults and youth members pursuing such a variety of programs and providing such extensive submissions for consideration.
This year, two grants were issued in memory of Harry Sebring. Harry Sebring was a renowned Morgan horse trainer who also served as president of the American Morgan Horse Association. The grant was created by his family in his memory since he always wanted to see young adults excel personally and professionally.
• Valerie Pierzina (Trempealau, Wisconsin) will continue training to become an Equine Massage Therapy Instructor in the Therasage program.
• Kelsey Ramsey (San Martin, California) will be organizing an educational and promotional clinic to expand teaching skills and abilities.
This year, one grant was issued in memory of Elberta Honstein, who had a rich and long history with the Morgan breed. In the early 1960s, with her husband Roy, the Honsteins founded Roy-El Farm and passed their love of the breed on to their daughter, Debbie, and later Debbie’s daughters, Elberta Seybold and Erlene Seybold-Smythe. The farm still operates under the third generation to continue the tradition.
• Kate Rawlinson (Lincoln, Nebraska) will be participating in a dressage clinic to enrich her equine knowledge and skills.
AMHECT congratulates the recipients as well as the other applicants on their pursuit of further education and training. A special thank you is extended to the numerous people who donated to these memorial grant funds in memory of two very special people. The next grant period will open on January 1, 2018 and close on March 15, 2018. All qualified members are encouraged to apply.
-- via AMHA