Youth Reiners Score Big With Scholarships


Christi Gordon

By Hayley Lewallen – 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, Sarah McEntire, Taran Koch, and Amasa Smith.

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.

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Alexis Dagget

Christi Gordon from Colorado, Alexis Dagget from Wisconsin, and Blair Willette from Arizona were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF Scholarship monies.

Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University where she is majoring in business administration.

Dagget currently attends Trinity University where she is majoring in biology and chemistry and she intendeds to be a veterinarian.

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Blair Willette

Willette will be attending Duke University in the fall where she will be majoring in chemistry.

Holly Lauth, Minnestoa, and Sarah McEntire, North Carolina, will each receive $1,500 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Lauth will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University in the fall where she will be majoring in radiography. McEntire will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall where she plans on majoring in agri business and will compete on the school’s equestrian team.

Taran Koch, Oregon, and Amasa Smith, Virginia, will each receive $750 in scholarship awards from RHSF. Koch plans on attending the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls to pursue a degree in biology and health sciences. Smith is currently dual enrolled at Old Dominion University and Tide Water Community College where she is majoring in photo journalism.

“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 awards 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 or  You may also call (405)946-7400 to speak to a representative about RHSF and the NRHA Youth Program.

Pictured from left to right: Alexis Dagget, Blair Willette, and Christi Gordon


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