APHA and Corporate Partner Farnam Horse Products are proud to announce the activation of a new youth scholarship program as a result of their recent partnership. This program is designed to support the youth of the APHA, promote the Breeders’ Trust program, and encourage APHA regional clubs to create outreach programs to local equine youth groups.
American Junior Paint Horse Association members become eligible for scholarships by showing Breeders’ Trust-nominated horses in APHA youth or novice youth classes during the qualifying period of April 1–March 31. This program will be retroactive from April 1, 2012 and youth can qualify through March 31, 2013. Entries are earned by exhibiting in any APHA-approved event where Breeders’ Trust points can be earned. Each youth showing a Breeders’ Trust-nominated horse in a youth class will earn one entry into the scholarship sweepstakes per judge, per class.
There are two $1,000.00 scholarships available. One scholarship will be awarded to an APHA youth all-ages exhibitor and one scholarship will be awarded to a novice youth exhibitor. Entries will follow exhibitors; for example; if a novice youth enters an all-ages class, the entry will count toward winning the novice youth scholarship. One winner from each division will be drawn at random at the close of the qualifying period. Winners will be announced at the AjPHA Youth Awards Banquet at the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show.
In addition to the youth receiving the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship, each youth awarded this honor will be asked to select a regional club from their home state to receive $500 to fund an outreach program to local youth equine programs. If an approved APHA regional club does not exist in the youth’s home state, the youth can select any APHA regional club to receive the $500. These monies will be awarded to the clubs at the APHA Convention. The Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship Sweepstakes Program will be administered and implemented through the APHA Foundation.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world.
For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit http://apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at http://facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.