The American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association has joined the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and many in the breed community to create the Dr. Scott Bennett Equine Veterinary Endowment. ASHBA took the opportunity to invest $25,000 in the future medical professionals that will help have an everlasting impact on the breed, like Dr. Bennett.
“In honoring Dr. Bennett, we are also investing in our industry by ensuring that we have qualified veterinarians to take care of our horses in the future," said David Mount, ASHBA executive director.
"The fund will be formally established as an endowment fund at the next Ohio State Board of Trustee's meeting," said the Ohio State University Office of Advancement. "As a full endowment, this means that our scholarship fund will begin generating an annual distribution to be used as a scholarship, ensuring Scott's legacy in the Equine Veterinary profession forever. This milestone could not have been reached without your generous support, and we thank you!"
Since the passing of Bennett, a veterinarian and lover of the American Saddlebred, his friends, family and peers have worked diligently to develop a robust scholarship fund to honor Dr. Bennett's contributions to the field of veterinary medicine and the equine industry. With the establishment of his memorial scholarship already, they have been able to aid the fourth-year veterinary medicine students in their pursuit to continue their education and pursue becoming board certified equine surgeons.
"The contributions of Dr. Scott Bennett to the American Saddlebred horse are beyond words as his expertise, talents, and appreciation of these great horses gave so much to their health, performance, and breeding techniques," said Anna Marie Knipp, ASHBA president. "Scott remains a legend, and the ASHBA is pleased to participate in this scholarship as a memory of his many contributions to these equines and all the breeds he touched."
-- via ASHBA