Friday, May. 24, 2024

Grant Recipients Announced For 2023 Adequan/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships–East

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The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the grant recipients for the 2023 Adequan/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships–East, supported by Debbie Smith. 

This year’s grant East Coast recipients are Sean Mulleady in the 3’3” section and Ryley Kurau in the 3’6” section.

Mulleady and Kurau will each receive a $10,000 grant that they may use for hotels, shipping, transportation, training, braiding and other expenses associated with competing at the championship.

“Junior Hunter Finals are always such a highlight for our members, and seeing these grants offered by Debbie Smith get awarded for the first time is thrilling for US Equestrian and the future of our sport,” USEF CEO Bill Moroney said. “Sean and Ryley are incredibly deserving recipients, and we look forward to seeing them—and all of the competitors and members—this summer at the finals in Traverse City.”

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Smith established the grant to help deserving riders pursue their dreams of competing at the championship, regardless of their financial means. Smith’s motivation to create the grant is fueled by her desire to promote the sport that has given her so much purpose and joy in life.

With the belief that our sport grows from our youth, Smith wants to create opportunities for more junior athletes to compete at the highest levels.

“I showed as a junior, and I know how hard it can be—I’ve been there done that—so I thought I’d help out,” Smith said. “I read 33 grant applications and was very impressed by all of them.”

Traverse City Horse Shows in Traverse City, Michigan, will host the East Coast championships June 27- July 1.

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