ARHA rewards youth

Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ
ARHA rewards youth

Since the founding of the American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) in 2004, the organization has been dedicated to supporting its youth members in a variety of ways. In 2009, ARHA expanded its support with a new scholarship program.

Recognizing that some youth members excel in the saddle and others’ highest strengths are in school, ARHA is offering two opportunities for them to earn scholarships for continuing education.

High-Point Youth Scholarship Program

The newest ARHA scholarship program is based on youth members’ performance in the show ring. A $500 scholarship will be awarded each year for the ARHA youth member who earns the most points in competition from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Youth members of any age are eligible to win the scholarship award, although the money will be kept in an interest-bearing account and awarded when the member enrolls in a post-secondary education program such as a college or trade school.

There is no application process, as all members’ and horses’ points are automatically tracked by ARHA. The High-point Youth Scholarship winner will be announced during the ARHA National Convention each year.

Youth Academic- Based Scholarship Program

ARHA youth members who are planning to enroll in or who are already enrolled in post-secondary education such as a college or trade school are eligible to apply for an academic-based scholarship. Each applicant must be a current member in good standing and have been an ARHA member for a minimum of two years to be eligible. An application form and further application details are available on the ARHA Web site. The deadline for academic-based scholarship applications is Dec. 31 each year. The recipient will be notified in June, and announcements of scholarship winners will be made at the ARHA World Championship Show. ARHA and its regional charter clubs host fundraising programs throughout the year for the scholarship programs, including silent auctions and individual and corporate donations.

“As in our mission statement, we promote wellbroke, reliable working horses and members who share a love for the equine athlete. We promote these scholarship programs to help our hard-working, reliable youth who share that same love. We are truly proud of our youth and believe they will help take ARHA to the next level,” said ARHA Executive Secretary Erica Keeney.

Formed in 2004, ARHA promotes the abilities of the all-around versatile working horse in a positive atmosphere where western tradition is genuinely honored.

Rapidly growing with more than 7,000 members, ARHA hosts competitions, clinics and educational events throughout the year. For more information about the ARHA scholarship programs, visit or call 606/872- 2742. — WLJ