Each year, the American Saddlebred Horse Association recognizes its junior members age 21 and under on the basis of academic success, financial need, involvement with the American Saddlebred and the ASHA Youth programs, and extracurricular activities including community service. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage, support and recognize participation in all aspects of the American Saddlebred industry, as well as to strengthen the American Saddlebred industry and breed through education. This year, the ASHA is presenting four scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The ASHA is pleased to announce the following four recipients this year.
Courtney Ball, Scottsdale, Arizona
Courtney graduated with honors from Pinnacle High School in 2016, taking all honors and AP classes all four years. She currently attends William Woods University, double majoring in Equine Science and Business. Besides being an honors student, Courtney was active in the leadership of the award winning Bridleway Barn Stormers Youth Club for multiple years. The Barn Stormers were active in community service touching many areas of their community including food banks, animal shelters, therapeutic riding and many others. Over the years, Courtney has participated in all of the ASHA Youth Awards and programs. On the highest level, Courtney was the 2016 Frank Ogletree Youth Award recipient, as well as also winning the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award.
Allison Burt, Conifer, Colorado
Allison graduated this spring from Lakewood High School as a four-year International Baccalaureate student in the top 5 percent of her class. In addition to her impressive academic success, she also helped to start the youth club at Parker Valley Farm. Allison also is an accomplished artist and photographer, promoting the American Saddlebred through artistic expression. She currently works as a correspondent for National Horseman magazine and has started her own business, AB Art & Photography. She plans to attend the Colorado University of Boulder majoring in Business Administration to achieve her dream of being an Equine Artist and Photographer.
Grace McFarland, Palos Park, Illinois
Grace graduated this year from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in the top 25 percent of her class and taking all honors and AP classes. Grace also worked at Palos Hills Riding Stables in both the school horse barn and the training barn throughout school, as well as being a member and assisting with their youth club, Saddlebred Riders United. Grace will attend William Woods University in the Fall majoring in Equine Science Management.
Anna Schweitzer, Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Anna is a junior at Bullet Central High School in the top percentile of her class, with a goal of being a pharmacist. She already is pursuing this goal by working as a Pharmacy Technician this summer. She also was accepted into and is attending Pharmacy Camp at Sullivan School of Pharmacy this summer. Although the barns Anna has been with didn’t have youth clubs, she has participated in ASHA Youth programs on her own. The love for the American Saddlebred has defined her since age 8 and an education and successful career will allow her to own, show, and support the American Saddlebred in her adult life.
-- via ASHA