The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) is honoring 13 young horse lovers for their 2012 achievements outside the horse show arena. The NRHyA’s Varsity Reining Club has awarded youth scholarships totaling $5,000 to the top performers in their Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions.
The NRHyA, the youth branch of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), announced the winners January 7. The scholarship awards were determined by the final points earned by the participating members in the previous calendar year.
NRHya Varsity Youth Scholarships
Colorado teen Amy Stoney took top honors for 2012 n the 14- to 18-year-olds category. The talented equestrian and photographer, was also NRHyA Varsity Youth of the Year in 2011 and Junior Varsity Youth of the Year in 2010, created an American flag collage with small close-up photos of horses’ facial and body markings. Stoney has been elected as 2013 historian of the NRHYA Officer Team.
This year’s roster of NRHyA Varsity scholarship recipients includes:
- 1st Place ($1,000) – Amy Stoney (16), of McClave, Colorado
- 2nd Place ($800) – Alexis Daggett (19), of San Antonio, Texas
- 3rd Place ($600) – Megan D’Andrea (15), of Fowler, Ohio
- 4th Place ($400) – Jasmine Alexander (18), of Queen Creek, Arizona
- 5th Place ($200) – Emma Holbrook (16), of Stillwater, Oklahoma
- 6th Place ($200) – Reilly Quist (16), of Delta, Colorado
- 7th Place ($200) – Blair Willette (17), of Prescott, Arizona
- 8th Place ($100) – Nicole Hupke (19), of Petaluma, California
NRHya Junior Varsity Youth Scholarships
Wisconsin middle schooler Katya Koperski won the NRHyA Junior Varsity Youth of the Year for 2012. Pointing herself towards a possible career in horse training or veterinary science, Koperski won high points with the NRHyA for her community service with a local horse camp and humane society.
The current list of NRHyA Junior Varsity scholarship recipients reads:
- 1st Place ($500) – Katya Koperski (12), of La Crosse, Wisconsin
- 2nd Place ($400) – Hope Hampton (12), of Nova Scotia, Canada
- 3rd Place ($300) – Jordan Scott (14), of Bluff City, Tennessee
- 4th Place ($200) – Nicholas Muir (14), of Lynnwood, Washington
- 5th Place ($100) – Taylen Marler (13), of El Paso, Texas