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Youth Reiners Score Big With Scholarships

 

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.

For more information about the RHSF Scholarship program, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com.  You may also call (405)946-7400 to speak to a representative about RHSF and the NRHA Youth Program.

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

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RHSF Youth Scholarship Deadline – MAY 15

 By Chris Dennis  Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are valued assets to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and to the future of the horse industry. The Reining Horse Sports Foundation  (RHSF) is committed to providing leadership and scholarship opportunities for these valued youth members. Each year, the RHSF awards more than $44,000 in scholarships to NRHyA members.  At this time, the RHSF is excited to offer $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members.

“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,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on academic achievement, future goals, involvement in the NRHyA and NRHA, and financial need.  Applicants must be a senior in high school planning to pursue an undergraduate degree from a two or four year institution or a trade and technical school and current NRHA member for at least two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the RHSF scholarships. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. Previous recipients of the RHSF scholarships are eligible to reapply for scholarships until they are 25 years old. The scholarship application may be downloaded at nrhya.com.

For more information about RHSF scholarships, go to rhsf.com or nrhya.com. You may also contact Chris Dennis at cdennis@nrha.com or at (405) 946-7400.

Photo by Mary Frances Flanders. 

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NRHA Hall of Fame Welcomes Colleen McQuay

By Carol Trimmer – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved the induction of Colleen McQuay into the NRHA Hall of Fame at their February meeting in Oklahoma. Colleen will join her husband, Tim, and daughter, Mandy McCutcheon, who preceded her into the elite group. As the matriarch of one of Reining’s first families, she has supported her husband and daughter to many accomplishments. Colleen McQuay by John Brasseaux
The NRHA Hall of Fame is reserved for those people and horses who have impacted NRHA and the sport of Reining in a positive and profound way with emphasis placed on their unselfish contribution(s) to the Association rather than on their personal accomplishments. It goes without saying that Colleen’s contributions have been industry changing and involved horse show production and management as well as conception or implementation of many programs that changed the face and scope of NRHA.

Her touch is evident in many of today’s shows. She is one of the most respected show managers in the reining industry, bringing her enthusiasm, knowledge, work ethic, and energy to many major events. In addition, Colleen has unselfishly served on the NRHA Executive Board and many committees. She is currently a Distinguished Director for the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, NRHA’s supporting charitable organization established specifically for enthusiasts in an effort to develop and enhance the sport of Reining worldwide.

Induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame is a means of honoring the members whose efforts NRHA could not exist without, and is not intended to merely congratulate people for being successful competitors, breeders, etc.

 

NRHA is extremely proud to introduce and congratulate the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Colleen McQuay. The NRHA Hall of Fame is one of the five core programs under the Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing the sport of Reining worldwide. The RHSF is committed to carrying the sport onward through five core programs: Youth, Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, Hall of Fame, International Development, and Research & Education. For further information about the Foundation, contact rhsf@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 137, or visit the RHSF website at rhsf.com.

Photo by John Brasseaux.

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