USHJA Youth Leadership Award

Application Criteria

Applicants for the USHJA Youth Leadership Award must be 12 to 15 years of age as of December 1 of the current competition year and current members in good standing with USHJA.

Application Process

Submit the following to USHJA:


  • Ensure two letters of recommendation are sent directly to USHJA from the two references provided by the applicant. References are to attach the recommendation information form to their letters of recommendation.

Applications are accepted starting May 1 of each competition year and must be received in the USHJA office or postmarked no later than August 15. All applications are reviewed by USHJA and a recipient and alternate will be selected no later than October 31.

The recipient of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award is recognized at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner during the USHJA Annual Meeting each December. The winner receives a complimentary three-year USHJA Active Membership and a commemorative trophy.

USHJA Youth Leadership Award Application Form

Past Winners

2023: Liam Gaspar, NY
2022: Jordan Gibbs, CO
2021: Ryder Richardson, CO
2020: Campbell Hudkins, CT
2019:-Ian McFarlin, FL
2018: Maya Aryal, VA
2017: Avery Lambert, CA
2016: Ella Doerr, Avon, NC
2015: Nicole Cinelli, NJ
2014: Katherine Bundy, CT 
2013: Hanna Powers, VA
2012: Hannah Bentz,  FL
2011: Taylor Harding, OR