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2023 Scholarship Application

2022 Scholarship Winners

$ 1,000 Winners

Jeanette Baker

Hi, my name is Jeanette Baker, and I am a senior at Madison High School in Madison, Ohio. In school, I am a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and I am a three - year varsity player for the girl ’ s soccer team. I am very committed to my studies and currently have a GPA of 4.488 and have been taking a multitude of AP classes. Outside of school, I am a member of a local community theater, a part of my church youth group, I am a cashier at my local Family Farm & Home and at The Patterson Family Fun Fest, and, of course, I ride horses.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the support from my family, friends, and especially my trainer. I have been training at Chelsea Nau Performance Horses for 8 years and I could not be happier. Chelsea has pushed me and supported me every step of the way. She is the reason I ’ m the rider I am today. My family and friends have always been supportive of my equestrian endeavors, whether or not they were confused at times. I am eternally grateful for them helping me pursue my passion and reach my goals.

After high school, I will be attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA to study Applied Forensic Science. I have been accepted into the Honors College there and I will be continuing my riding career on their IHSA team. My aim is to follow up with law school to be a forensic attorney and aid in perfecting the justice system.

Morgan Bednar

I am Morgan Bednar, I'm 18 years old, and graduating high school this year. I have been involved with horses since I was 6 years old and have loved every minute of it. My horse journey started at CB Performance Horses in Polk, Ohio and I am still there today. I have a combined love for horses and the healthcare field. Working in a nursing home, I am so blessed to be able to spread love to the elderly. After high school, I want to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. I am attending North Central State College and then plan on transferring to Ohio State after receiving my associate’s degree.

I have been showing horses for 10 years and have been at the AAYHS for 8 years. The AAYHS provides me a place for one week, each May, to be me completely, and do what I love. It also helps me to make goals for me and my horse to work toward all year round. It has been the best experience and addition to my youth - showing career. My horse, Dallas, will be making his first AAYHS debut this year! We have worked very hard and come a long way to be able to make it here. The best part about horses and showing is that even when things are stressful with life and school, I always have horses and the barn to go to. Horses gave me a purpose in life when I was trying to find myself. None of it would be possible without my wonderful support system.

Thanks to my parents, grandparents, trainer, boyfriend, family, friends, show team, and many more for helping Dallas and I get to where we are today. And most of all thanks to the AAYHS for putting on an awesome show and providing us a great place to be who we are and do what we love.

Madison Johnson

Hello, my name is Madison Johnson. I am a senior at Miami Trace High school, near Washington C.H., Ohio, where I am involved as a football and basketball cheerleader, FFA, volleyball, National Honor Society, and many other activities. I live on our family farm, which allowed me to follow in my family's footsteps as being a 4H member. I started showing Lead in, when I was five years old at open shows. At an early age, I knew I loved showing horses. I couldn't wait for the opportunity to participate in the All American Youth Horse Show and quarter shows. I have showed at All American Youth Horse Show since I was twelve. I started hauling with Steve Mace and have continued through the years. I placed several times, but the most exciting time was when I won Western Pleasure Champion at the All American Youth Horse Show. Steve always encouraged me to try other disciplines that I hadn't shown before. By doing so, I now show Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation thanks to the experiences at the All American Youth Horse Show, there are no words to describe the memories I have made, the friends that I have acquired, and the level of responsibility that I have learned. These are things that I will value, cherish, and use throughout the rest of my life.

$500 Winners

Katie Anderholm

My name is Katie Anderholm and I am a freshman at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I am majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Agricultural Communications. I am a proud member of The Ohio State Equestrian team. My first All American Youth Show was in 2013. I did not anticipate how much one show could affect my career as an equestrian at eleven years old. The All American Youth Horse Show is an experience that I hope every young equestrian gets to take part in. The variety in classes and the opportunities set forth by this organization creates a welcoming and unforgettable experience for all the young riders who are lucky to participate.

Alaina Looby

I am Alaina Looby and I have been showing at The All American Youth Horse Show since 2016. I was blessed with the opportunity to show my horse, Joe, in many over - fences and flat classes over the years. After I had to make the hard decision to retire him, I started focusing my journey on rodeo with Ace. I was able to compete in the barrel and pole bending classes and placed well in each of them. It has been heartbreaking the previous year’s having to sit out the AAYHS due to COVID and my horses’ health. I am grateful to be able to compete this year with it being the last year I am able to. Each horse show that I compete in is a learning experience for me one way or another. While competing against great horsemen and women at the AAYHS, I have learned and experienced many great things. Each year and each show I compete in proves to me that hard work and dedication pay off! The AAYHS has shown me great examples of responsibility, teamwork, and sportsmanship. I am appreciative of every volunteer and competitor a t this show because I am now able to carry great memories and experiences throughout my life that I will never forget! Whether I walk out champion or with no placings, the most important thing is that I can learn something to improve on and have a good time with my horses and family.

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