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The Sandy Gerald Memorial Riding Scholarship
The Sandy Gerald Memorial Riding Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship donated from the VHSA in Sandy's memory. It is given to a VHSA junior rider on the basis of need, ability and desire, and is to be used for riding instructions with a professional trainer. Selection is made by a committee from nominations sent to the office by the VHSA membership. Nominations are due in the VHSA office by October 1st.  Individuals may apply by sending a letter to the VHSA office of who they want to nominate and why they feel this person is deserving of the scholarship.

The Sandy Gerald Memorial Collegiate Riding Scholarship
The VHSA/Hollins University’s L.M. Sandy Gerald Memorial Riding Scholarship is a $2,000 Riding Scholarship which is donated from the VHSA and Hollins University in honor of Sandy's memory and is awarded to a VHSA Collegiate Rider who is competing in the Adult or Children’s on a School or a Leased Horse.  The nominations sent to the office by the VHSA membership.  Nominations are due in the VHSA office by October 1st.

The Special Events Committee's Professional Scholarship
The VHSA Special Events Committee is proud to announce the inaugural Professional Scholarship.  This $1,000 scholarship is for "the Continuing Education" for a trainer of any age, working at any level to enable the recipient to further their knowledge and expertise in their given area of specialization. This scholarship will be for travel expenses, clinic fees etc.

A candidates should meet the following criteria:

1) A professional who is a current VHSA member in good standing

2) The applicant must submit a "Letter of Intent", outlining why one would like the scholarship and how one feels it would be of professional benefit.

3) A resume must accompany the "Letter of Intent."

4) The applicant must request 3 letters of recommendation which are to be sent to the VHSA office.

5) The deadline for submission is October 1st.

6) Presentation of the $1,000.00 Scholarship will take place at the VHSA Annual Convention.

Please send in your letters now nominating either yourself or someone you know who is worthy of one of these scholarships.  Letters are accepted throughout the show year.   ALL NOMINATIONS ARE DUE IN THE VHSA OFFICE BY OCTOBER 1ST. 


Jenna Evans Wynne Horsemanship Grant

The Jenna Evans Wynne Horsemanship Grant was established in memory of Jenna Evans Wynne, by her family and friends, with the hope that her ideals and tenacious character would be carried on in future riders. The Grant will provide financial support to a Junior rider within the Virginia Horse Shows Association community who shares the same passion and tenacity for superior horsemanship that Jenna Wynne possessed. The grant will provide $10,000 annually to a young rider to help further their riding career, allowing the student to carry on Jenna's Legacy.

An applicant should have Jenna's love for all horses, regardless of show ring performance or ability. The applicant should have an enthusiasm for learning and an attention to detail, but most importantly, should recognize horses as privilege and have a desire to treat them with the utmost respect.

To apply, a trainer must nominate a current Junior VHSA member (Associate or A circuit) for the grant with a letter explaining how the student best exemplifies the qualities important to Jenna Wynne. The letter should also describe how the grant would be used to further and enhance the student's riding career. Applications must be received by November 1st in order to be eligible for the award, which will be named and presented at the VHSA Convention annually.

For further information, as well as the Application Form, please visit:  Jenna Evans Wynne Horsemanship Grant