CANTER Pennsylvania has announced the winners of an educational scholarship intended to boost the skills of equestrians and their off-track Thoroughbreds.
On Jan. 7, three Pennsylvania-based Pony Club riders were each awarded $500 to be put toward lessons, clinics and camps aimed at improving their skills, says Sue Smith, executive director of CANTER PA.
Funds for the scholarships were provided by a grant from the USA Equestrian Trust, without whose support the first-time award would not have been made possible, Smith says.
“The USA Equestrian Trust was just fabulous! We’d never applied for a grant before, but we had a strong goal to offer educational scholarships to the next generation of horsemen” who are riding ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds, Smith adds.
Although it was difficult to choose from a stellar list of Pony Club members and applicants, who all ride registered Thoroughbreds, three $500 winners and five runners-up, who each received $75, were finally selected.
Winners of the $500 scholarships are:
- Karissa Dreese and her 2004 gelding Dance on the Double. Dance had seven starts, and earned $7,640.
- Colleen Mauro and her unraced 2004 OTTB Kingsdreamofdreams.
- Hannah Simmons and her 2000 bay gelding Cubanero, who had 29 starts, and earned $56,065.
Winners of the $75 scholarships are:
- Cayla Hammaker and her 2007 bay gelding Copper Socks Jr. Cooper Socks had three starts and $300 in earnings.
- Jill Johnson and her 2004 gray gelding Kaz Silver. He was unraced.
- Victoria Kager and her 2006 gelding Elwood Blaze. Elwood Blaze had one start, and $0 earnings.
- Hailey Rudicille and her 2008 gray gelding Long Island Duck. He was unraced.
- Courtney Sarson and her 2005 bay gelding Editor’s Column. Editor’s Column had 49 starts and earned $106,260.
CANTER PA was “overwhelmed” by the quality of the applications.