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2021 UPHA Maria Knight Scholarship Recipients Announced

The UPHA Maria Knight Scholarship was established to honor and memorialize UPHA professional Maria Knight and her commitment to providing a college education for her daughter; this program provides scholarships to children of professional horsemen. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have at least one parent, step-parent, or legal guardian who is a professional horseman and a current Professional Member of the UPHA. Scholarships are awarded based on careful consideration of the applicant's high school or college transcript, as well as a resume demonstrating extracurricular activities both regarding the applicant's equestrian career and their involvement within their school and community. Applicants must have entered their senior year in high school at the time of application, or been accepted to or currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. 

This year, UPHA is presenting two scholarships in the amount of $3,500 each.

The 2021 UPHA Maria Knight Scholarship recipients are:

Colby Hoover, Louisville, Kentucky
Colby is the daughter of Neal and Sarah Barwood Hoover. Sarah is an instructor at Signature Stables in Kentucky. Colby has a long history in the Saddlebred show ring and helping out with the Signature Stables lesson program. Colby has also worked with Stachowski Farm, Majestic Oaks, and Willowbank Farm over the past several years. In addition to her show ring success, Colby will be attending the University of Kentucky in the Fall with a major in business management, while continuing to dedicate her time to Signature Stables, helping with lessons and care of the horses. Those who know Colby are impressed by her hard work and dedication to the industry. After graduation, Colby plans to continue her involvement with the Saddlebred industry by becoming a trainer, riding instructor, and barn manager. 

Tyler Walker, Georgetown, Kentucky
Tyler Walker is the son of Allison and Todd Walker of Spring Hill Stables. Tyler has grown up riding and showing American Saddlebreds. He is a 2021 Scott County High School graduate, where he was a member in the National Honor Society and FFA, as well as, involved with Track & Field and the Cross Country Team. Outside of the show ring, Tyler has worked at Highlander Feed and is currently involved as a grounds supervisor and in equine maintenance and care at Spring Hill Stables. Tyler has been described by others as having a strong work ethic while showing respect and compassion to all. 

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