By Chris Dennis – The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is excited to announce the recipients of more than $10,000 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Christi Gordon, Alexis Daggett, Blair Willette, Holly Lauth, Bailey Walters, Kyle Edmonds and Julia Purus.
Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from across the United States and Canada submitted applications for the RHSF Scholarships. The seven recipients were chosen by a committee, and were based on academic achievement, financial need, future goals, and involvement in NRHyA and NRHA.
Christi Gordon from Colorado, Blair Willette from Arizona and Holly Lauth from Minnesota, were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF Scholarship monies. Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University where she is majoring in business administration. Willette is studying chemistry at Duke University and Lauth is attending Southwest Minnesota State University where she majors in radiography.
Alexis Dagget (Wisconsin) and Bailey Walters (Indiana) will each receive $1,500 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Dagget currently attends Trinity University where she is majoring in biology and chemistry and she intendeds to be a veterinarian. Walters will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall where she plans to study business and marketing.
Kyle Edmonds from Massachusetts and Julia Purus from Oklahoma will each receive $750 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Edmonds will be attending Bentley University this fall and plans to study business management, while Purus will study veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University.
“The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of Reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school, is an honor. I can’t wait to see what outstanding things these individuals achieve after college,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body of the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their international headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of Corporate Partners, visit nrha.com.
Pictured on top row from left to right: Christi Gordon, Blair Willette and Holly Lauth
Pictured on middle row from left to right: Alexis Daggett and Bailey Walters
Pictured on bottom row from left to right: Kyle Edmonds and Julia Purus