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2023 Scholarship Winners

Aidan Albers
AAYHS Scholarship Foundation winner

My name is Aidan Albers and I am a senior at William Mason High School. I have been an active member at my high school, being involved in multiple activities such as track and field, tennis, ice hockey, and national honor society.  I have also participated in a number of extracurricular activities such as Warren County 4H, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA). I’ve held various leadership positions within these groups and activities.  I'm the captain for my ice hockey team, treasurer and vice president with my 4H club, treasurer and junior superintendent for fundraising on the Warren County Junior Fairboard, and co-captain for my YEDA Equestrian Team.


The All American Youth Horse Show is by far one of my favorite shows I’ve participated in, challenging my skills against other competitors.  Since I started showing when I was eight years old, I’ve been honored to compete at the AAYHS.  The AAYHS creates a positive and challenging environment that makes me want to come back every year,

challenging my skills against other competitors. people, and step outside of my comfort zone, all while having fun at the same time. Participating in the AAYHS has truly been a memorable experience.


I plan on majoring in Animal Sciences in Pre-Veterinary studies in college, pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  I am the oldest of three sons, and the first to attend college.  My passion has always been animals and I’m excited to learn more about their health, treatment, as well as prevention and cure of diseases and injuries.  I’ve been accepted into several universities and am in the process of deciding.  Ohio State University, Purdue University, and University of Kentucky are my top choices, all with excellent animal science programs.  I’m excited to continue my dream of being with animals, learning more about them, and caring for them.

Machaela Cobler
AAYHS Scholarship Foundation winner

Hi, I am Machaela Cobler. I have been blessed to show a variety of horses over the years including my quarter horse, She Willy Likes It, my paint, Invest in Rock n Roll and a mini, Excalibur’s Knight Hawk. I have shown each  of them at the All American Youth Horse Show in a variety of classes. They each helped me accomplish a different goal at the AAYHS but leading me toward a future in Animal Science.  She Willy Likes It won High Point NSBA Paint Horse 2022. She always makes me work for every successful ride, like many mares.  This has prepared me to ride on Purdue’s Western Equestrian Team.  I am so proud to be able to represent Purdue in this way.  I won my first APHA Western Pleasure class on Invest in Rock n Roll in 2017.  This inspired me to take my showing to the next level and that summer we competed successfully at the Paint World Show. 


Until 2022 I had never showed a mini, but this was my senior year and I wanted to learn new disciplines in the horse show world.  I was able to lease Excalibur’s Knight Hawk, a twenty-three year old Pinto gelding.

The AAYHS was my first opportunity to show him, and we learned so much as a team. We struggled in trail and jumping but we came together in showmanship and earned Reserve Champion Mini Showmanship.  One of my favorite things about the All American Youth Horse Show is that so many classes are included.  We get to interact with competitors in Contesting, English, Western, Mini and Ranch. I have always been impressed with the variety of athletic abilities of horses, this in part is what has encouraged me to attend Purdue University’s School of Agriculture to study Animal Science. I am currently a Freshman at Purdue and plan to pursue running a rehabilitation center for horses when I graduate.

 I have been blessed to spend my childhood showing horses and learning from some amazing horsemen and horsewomen.  Without my trainers dedicating their time to teaching me to ride, drive and handle horses to the best of my ability I would not be the person I am today.


Thank you to all the organizers of the All American Youth Horse Show for the opportunity to come together during this special week.

Ryan Mau
AAYHS Scholarship Foundation winner
Howell Memorial Scholarship winner

Hi, my name is Ryan Mau and I am a senior at Hillsboro High school. I am a three sport varsity athlete participating in Football, Wrestling, and Track. I am also very active in my 4-H, FFA, and youth church group.  I began showing at the

AAYHS in 2015 when I was 9 years old. My mom had just purchased my first show horse, Ivy about three weeks before the show.  I showed in walk trot horsemanship & pleasure, and I won eighth place in both classes, and walked out with ribbons almost as big as me. I told my Mom I never wanted to show walk trot again.


By 2022 I added trail, ranch riding and ranch rail to my class list.  With the exception of winning western riding in 2017, this is the year I am most proud of. I spent my two years off teaching my horses trail and ranch riding patterns. Junior can be a little spooky in trail sometimes, especially with the gate.  But this time he was patient and he trusted me.  He worked the best pattern he has ever done and had no penalty points.  I was so proud because I had taught him 100% of the trail obstacles.  As I rode past the judge, he said, “very nice pattern young man, most efficient pattern of the day.”  I knew I had nailed it and I couldn’t quit smiling because the judge’s comment meant so much to me.  I ended up 3rd in trail and I placed in all of my other classes.  I know 2022 will be a hard year to top.  I can’t wait to see what surprises the 2023 AAYHS has for me.  2024 will be my last AAYHS as a youth kid.  I think it would be a great honor to get to be a Ride the Pattern demonstrator one day.


My future education goals are to go to The University of Findlay, I have been offered admission to the honors program. There I plan on being a member of the IHSA Team and participate in Horsemanship, Ranch Riding and Reining.  I plan to become an equine vet.  I will double major in equine management and pre-vet.  I then plan to finish my doctorate at The Ohio State University in Equine Veterinary Services.

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