$20,000 in Grants Available for US High School Equestrians

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Feb. 17–More than $20,000 in grant money is available to qualified students, high schools and clubs across the U.S. through the U.S. Equestrian Federation High School Equestrian Athlete program in 2011.

Students who are enrolled in the program have successfully completed at least one full year and are members of a USEF Recognized or International Affiliate Association have a chance to win a $1,000 grant for educational or equestrian pursuits in a random selection July 29.

The USEF also plans to award eight $500 grants to high schools and clubs to help cover program costs. Schools and clubs such as 4-H, club teams and riding clubs but not horse show associations with the most students enrolled in the High School Equestrian Athlete program will each receive a grant.

The High School Equestrian Athlete program was started in late 2009 to recognize and reward the accomplishments of high school equestrian athletes and encourage future involvement in equestrian sport. Students in the program are eligible to receive a varsity equestrian patch, yearly pins and certificates of completion, as well as access to a line of quality and custom merchandise such as letterman jackets, soft-shell riding jackets and hats. More than 2,800 students have participated.