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ASHA Announces ASHA Youth Scholarship Recipients

Each year the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) recognizes its junior members age 21 and under on the basis of academic success, financial need, involvement with the American Saddlebred and the ASHA Youth programs, and extracurricular activities including community service. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage, support and recognize participation in all aspects of the American Saddlebred industry, as well as to strengthen the American Saddlebred industry and breed through education.  This year the ASHA is presenting three scholarships in the amount of $5000 each. The ASHA is very pleased to announce the following three recipients this year.


Elizabeth graduated this year from Midway High School and also Sampson Community College with an Associate Degree. This fall, she will enter the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as a junior and plans to major in Environmental Science/Sustainable Agriculture. She has ridden American Saddlebreds since age 11 and has also assisted at Felder Stables over the years with lessons, grooming and barn chores.  She joined FFA when she started High School and became very active with the program. Long term she would like to see her work make an impact on the future of the Saddlebred and the environment which sustains them.



Emma has been riding American Saddlebreds since age 12 when she first attended a summer camp at Liz Bolton Stables. Since then, she had lessons and went on to help teach lessons at the barn, as well as helping with the summer camps and volunteering in any other capacity needed. She says this has been the best gift she has ever received, instilling in her the work ethic she will use for the rest of her life and a compassion to be a servant to others. Emma graduated this spring from San Marcos High School.  She plans on attending the University of California Santa Cruz where she will major in Biochemistry.




Kaeli graduated Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville in the spring of 2017. She is enrolled at the University of Louisville, where she is majoring in Equine Business and intends to pursue a career in an equine related field. Kaeli began riding at age 3 at Biggins Stables where she was instantly hooked, and from that moment on her life has revolved around the hustle and bustle of barn life. She has spent every summer since grade school working at barns and with some of the best trainers in the industry.  This summer is no exception, as she has been working at Singing Hills learning about the breeding aspect of our industry, and rides at Rose Stables where she continues to grow and develop as a rider. Kaeli is excited to continue pursuing her dreams in the Saddlebred world for years to come. 

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