Nomination Based Awards
 

USHJA Youth Leadership Award and
USHJA Nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

Each year, young riders from every discipline apply through his or her affiliate organizations to be considered for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award, which is presented annually to a USEF member under the age of 18. Junior members of the USHJA between the ages of 12 and 15 have an additional opportunity to be considered for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award, formerly the USHJA Young Horseman's Award, which is presented during the USHJA Annual Meeting each December.

The primary goal of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award and the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is to identify potential future leaders in the equine industry while recognizing youth for their achievements.

Each applicant must demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the USEF and USHJA by promoting the equestrian sport, demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship, and serving as a role model for his or her peers. Applicants may participate at any level of competition, including local, state or national levels.

Congratulations! Melissa Kerr, USHJA nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award pictured with Roy Burek of Charles Owen at USHJA's Annual Meeting.


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STOP! If you are 12 to 15 years old (per USEF rules), you have choices!

Do you want to apply for the Youth Leadership Award, the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award – or both? Please read the details accompanying each award's description to help you make your choice. The USHJA Youth Leadership Award was specifically designed to enable our younger members the opportunity to compete with like-age peers for an award similar in nature to the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award.


USHJA Youth Leadership Award

Application Criteria

Applicants for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award must be 12 to 15 years of age as of December 1 of the current competition year and current members in good standing with USHJA.

Application Process

Submit the following to USHJA:

Additionally:

  • Ensure two letters of recommendation are sent directly to USHJA from the two references provided by the applicant. References are to attach the recommendation information form to their letters of recommendation.

Applications are accepted starting May 1 of each competition year and must be received in the USHJA office or postmarked no later than September 1. All applications are reviewed by the USHJA Youth Committee, whose members select a recipient for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award, as well as an alternate, no later than October 31.

USHJA Youth Leadership Award Recipient

The recipient of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award is recognized at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner during the USHJA Annual Meeting each December. The winner receives a complimentary three-year USHJA Active Membership and a commemorative trophy. The 2014 winner of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award will receive a RevitaVet Infrared Therapy System donated by RevitaVet.

Archive: 2011-2013

2013: Hanna Powers, Potomac Falls, VA
2012: Hannah Bentz, Boca Raton, FL
2011: Taylor Harding, West Linn, OR

Applications must be sent to: Meghan Carney
Mail: 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY 40511
Email: mcarney@ushja.org
Fax: 859.258.9033


USHJA Youth Revere Bowl Donated by Susan Schoellkopf in memory of Stephen Comunale Jr.

USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

Application Criteria

USHJA nominees for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award must be under the age of 18 as of December 1 of the current competition year and active members in good standing with both USEF and USHJA.

Application Process

Submit the following to USHJA:

Applications are accepted starting May 1 of each competition year and must be received in the USHJA office or postmarked no later than September 1. All applications are reviewed by the USHJA Youth Committee, whose members select a nominee and an alternate to represent the USHJA in consideration for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award no later than October 31.

Visit the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award page for the application, award criteria and guidelines.

USHJA Nominee for USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

The USHJA nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is recognized at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner and receives a $500 grant to be used for his or her equestrian training or education. In the event that the nominee is unable to attend the USHJA Evening of Equestrians, an invitation will be extended to the alternate.

Should the USHJA nominee be chosen as the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award recipient, he or she receives a commemorative trophy, a $1,000 grant to be used for his or her equestrian training or education (such as lessons, clinics and camps), and a complimentary USEF Life membership. The recipient also becomes one of the nominees for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. The reserve recipient receives a $500 grant to be used for his or her equestrian training or education.

Nominee Archive: 2006-2013

2013: Melissa Kerr, Granville, OH
2012: Henley Adkins, Moorpark, CA
2011: Jacob Pope, Owings Mills, MD
2010: Kara Dunegan, Manassas, VA
2009: Amanda Horn, Huntington, NY
2008: Madeleine Genereux, Stillwater, MN
2007: Kels Bonham, Missouri Valley, IA
2006: Henry Pfeifer, Temperance, MI



Helpful Information
Contacts
Other Awards: Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards
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Rion J. Day - (859) 225-6703