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Alabama's Champion Named National Nominee for USEF Youth Award

Victoria Champion


Lexington, Ky. ­– Victoria Champion, Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected by the American Saddlebred Horse Association as its national winner of the nomination for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Youth Sportsman's Award. She joins the group of nominees from other USEF recognized national affiliates in contention for the award.

Candidates to become ASHA's nominee for the award were selected from each USEF Region that participated. From Region 8 (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio), Kelly Hill, Simpsonville, Kentucky, was named the alternate to the national nominee. The nominees also included Sarah Hinds, Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Lauren Woodruff, Hallsville, Missouri, from Region 5 (Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri) and Jessica Moctezuma, Hardwick, New Jersey, from Region 11 (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia).


Champion was chosen from Region 10 (Alabama, Florida and Georgia). The 17-year-old ASHA junior member has won multiple national titles in the Academy division and state High Point Awards. She is an honor roll student and a member of several national societies which recognize academic excellence. Her contributions through community service include volunteering at Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (M.A.N.E.), which is a therapeutic riding center for children and adults with disabilities. Champion is an ASHA of Alabama Most Outstanding Youth Award and ASHA Youth Scholarship recipient.  


The second annual USEF Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award recognizes youth who are members of both USEF and a recognized national affiliate, such as ASHA. Candidates must have demonstrated an ongoing commitment and dedication to USEF and their affiliate organization by serving as a role model for their peers and through the promotion of the horse. The program’s goal is designed to develop youth into leaders in the equine industry from all breeds and disciplines.


The USEF Youth Sportsman's Award recipient will be presented with the honor at the USEF Annual Meeting in January, 2008.


Courtesy of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.

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