The U.S. Equestrian Federation is accepting applications for the Youth Sportsman’s Award through Oct. 1.
Since the inaugural award was given in 2006, the Youth Sportsman’s Award has recognized young equestrians who exhibit exceptional leadership potential, serve as positive role models for their peers, demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport, are involved in their community, and exemplify positive sportsmanship principles.
The overall winner of the 2012 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award will receive a $1,000 grant payable to the educational program of their choice, a USEF Life Membership valued at $2,500, and a commemorative trophy. The winner will also be nominated for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. The reserve winner will receive a $500 grant payable to the educational program of their choice.
Applications are available online or through any USEF recognized affiliate or international discipline association. Find out more about applying on the Youth Sportsman's Award webpage .
To be considered for the 2012 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award, applicants must:
- Have a current membership in good standing with the USEF
- Have a current membership in good standing with a USEF recognized affiliate or international discipline association
- Be 17 years of age or under, as of Dec. 1
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport
- Serve as a positive role model for peers
- Participate at any level of competition, including local, regional or national events
- Be involved with their community
- Exhibit characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles
For more information regarding the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award, please contact Jennifer Mellenkamp, Director, National Breed/Discipline Affiliates and Youth Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org  or (859) 225-6955.