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United States Pony Club members get college scholarships for outstanding achievements

Six exceptional Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients were chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements for each opportunity.

The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. Scholarship is sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, who have achieved a Pony Club certification higher than a C-2 and who have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s recipient is Ema Klugman, an A Eventing member of Seneca Valley Pony Club from Clarksburg, MD. Klugman is currently attending Duke University and majoring in Public Policy and History.

The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. She hoped to encourage horsemen and women in their academic pursuits. This year’s recipient of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship is Emma McKeighen, an H-B member of Carbon River Pony Club from Enumclaw, WA. She will be attending California Polytechnic State University majoring in Business Administration.

The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to a Pony Club member pursuing a Liberal Arts degree in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts, who has an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Recipient Mckenna Miller, C-2 member of Keeneland Pony Club from Fort Thomas, will be majoring in Digital Media and Design at the University of Kentucky.

The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to two Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club. Applicants have achieved a Pony Club certification of C-2 or higher. Recipient Gianna Sbarbaro, an H-B member of Lio Lani Pony Club from Kailua, HI, is continuing her education in Business/Entrepreneurship. Recipient Madison Ritsch, an H-B member of Eagle River Pony Club from Eagle, CO, will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) in memory of former Pony Club President and ELCR founder Anson Taylor. The Scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with and committed to efforts on behalf of land conservation. This year’s recipient is Katrina Rowe, a B Dressage member of Seneca Valley Pony Club from Boyds, MD. Rowe will be attending Middlebury College.

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