USEF Announces Fourth Annual Youth Sportsman’s Award sponsored by Breyer Animal Creations®

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lexington, KY— The Fourth Annual United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Youth Sportsman's Award, sponsored by Breyer Animal Creations®, will kickoff for the 2009 competition year May 1, 2009. 


This award recognizes youth members of both USEF and a USEF Recognized National Affiliate for their participation in the community and equine industry and is focused on developing leaders in the equine industry.

To be considered for the award, the following criteria must be met:
• Active membership in good standing with USEF and a USEF Recognized National Affiliate
• Must be 17 years old or under as of December 1, 2008

• Demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of the horse
• Serve as a positive role model for peers
• Participate at any level of competition, including local, regional or national events
• Exhibit characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles

Applications may be obtained on the USEF website, (under ‘Youth Programs') or through the youth's USEF Recognized National Affiliate, beginning May 1, 2009. The USEF Recognized National Affiliate will nominate its winner (and an alternate) to be sent to the USEF by October 31, 2009. Each winner will then be considered for the overall award.


In addition, each National Affiliate winner will be recognized during the USEF Annual Meeting and invited to a career workshop (meals and accommodations provided) in Lexington, Kentucky. The workshop will be an opportunity for the youth to learn about different career opportunities within the equine industry, visit area horse farms, and meet some professionals in the equine industry. 


The overall winner of the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award will receive a trophy, a $1,000 scholarship to be paid to the educational program of their choice and a lifetime membership to USEF (valued at $2,500).  In addition, the name of the Award winner will be submitted as a candidate for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. 

For more information on the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award, please contact Jennifer Mellenkamp, Director, National Breed/Discipline Affiliates and Youth Programs, via email at or call (859) 225-6955.

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