USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award


Kaleb Patterson, Warm Beach, Standwood, Washington

Malu Foley, Vaulters del Sol, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Miranda Prints, Nu Balance Vaulters, Citrus Heights, California

George Joseph (Joey) Gadd, Mt. Eden Vaulting Club, Saratoga, California

Emily Hogye, F.A.C.E., Ben Lomond, California


Laura Yelavich, Mt. Eden Vaulting Club, San Jose, California

Annalise Van Vranken, Shooting Stars Vaulting Club, Mays Landing, New Jersey

Katie Barrett, Fiddler's Green Vaulting Club, Scotts, Michigan

The primary goals of the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award are to identify potential future leaders in the equine industry from all breeds and disciplines, and to recognize youth for their achievements. AVA Applicants must be

  • age 17 or under as of December 1 of the competition year
  • active members in good standing with USEF and the AVA.
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport
  • serve as a positive role model for peers
  • be involved in community activities
  • exhibit characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles, and
  • participate at any level of competition, including local, regional or national events.
  • Note that the application process is rather extensive and requires the writing of several essays, submission of transcripts, securing signed letters of recommendation, photo, etc. Please plan for this by allowing enough time to compile a thoughtful and complete application packet.
2014 AVA application packets for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award are due to AVA Member Recognition Chair Kathy Smith no later than midnight on 9/30/14. Application packets can be emailed to Kathy at or snail mailed to 9015 Cooper Creek Ct., Parker, CO 80138.
The AVA Member Recognition Committee will then select one AVA affiliate national nominee to submit for consideration to the USEF Review Committee. The overall winner of the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award as selected from the affiliate nominees by the USEF Review Committee will receive
  • a commemorative trophy
  • a $1,000 grant payable to the educational program of choice and
  • a USEF Life Membership (valued at $2,500).
The winner will also be one of the nominees for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. The reserve winner will receive a $500 grant payable to the educational program of choice.
USEF Youth Sportsman's Award General guidelines ->
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