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Nominations for Inaugural USEF Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award Open August 1st

, KY – Nominations for the inaugural United States Equestrian Federation® (USEF) Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award will open August 1, and entries will be accepted through October 31, 2006.  This new award was announced last December and is designed to educate youth and develop leaders in the equine industry across all breeds and disciplines.  The USEF Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award aims to give something back to the youth membership and recognize them for their hard-earned achievements.

Each national affiliate award winner will receive financial assistance for a five-day, career opportunity workshop at the USEF national headquarters in
Lexington, KY. This hands-on experience will provide a window of learning to the student who will become familiar with the inner workings of the Federation, its various departments and the area in which they wish to learn the most.

“The USEF Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award is going to bring youth face-to-face with exciting and unique learning opportunities,” said USEF Chief Executive Officer John Long. “Meeting the many Federation professionals and business people across the industry will be an insightful experience, and an invaluable one at that.”

To be considered for the 2006 award (to be presented at the 2007 annual meeting), the nominee must:

• Be an active member of USEF and their recognized national affiliate
• At time of application, the student must be age 17 or under
• Demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of the horse
• Serve as a positive role model for peers
• Have earned local, state and/or national awards for horsemanship and junior exhibitor classes
• Exhibit characteristics that exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship

Recognized associations will be provided with the program parameters and will assist with the administration of the selection process. The associations should select a national winner from each district, region or zone. Each of these winners will receive a certificate of honor, lapel pin and hat from the USEF. The national recognized winners will be nominated for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award.

The National Affiliates Working Group Committee will discuss resumes during its November meeting, and a final selection will be made by December 1. The honor will be presented at the USEF Annual Meeting the following January.  The award winner will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to be paid to the educational program of their choice, a lifetime membership to USEF, and their name will be engraved on the trophy that will remain on display at USEF headquarters in
Lexington, KY.


USEF Current National Affiliates include:


  • American Connemara Pony Society
  • American Driving Society
  • American Hackney Horse Society
  • American Morgan Horse Association
  • American Road Horse and Pony Association
  • American Saddlebred Association
  • Arabian Horse Association
  • International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association
  • International Friesian Show Horse Association
  • National Show Horse Registry
  • Paso Fino Horse Association
  • The American Shetland Pony Club
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association
  • Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America


For more information, please contact Karen Homer-Brown, Assistant Executive Director of National Sport Programs via e-mail at


Courtesy of USEF

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