USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

Application Criteria

USHJA nominees for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award must be under the age of 18 as of December 1 of the current competition year and active members in good standing with both USEF and USHJA.

Application Process

Submit the following to USHJA:

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

Visit the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award page for the application, award criteria and guidelines.

The USHJA nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is recognized at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner and receives a $500 grant to be used for his or her equestrian training or education. In the event that the nominee is unable to attend the USHJA Evening of Equestrians, an invitation will be extended to the alternate.

Should the USHJA nominee be chosen as the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award recipient, he or she receives a commemorative trophy, a Charles Owen helmet, a $1,000 grant for education (such as lessons, clinics and camps), and a complimentary USEF Life membership. The recipient also becomes one of the nominees for the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. The reserve recipient receives a $500 grant to be used for his or her equestrian training or education.

Past Winners

2020 - Ian McFarlin
2019 - Ella Doerr, Avon, NC
2018 - Lauren Sanderson, Kensington, NH
2017 - Madelyne Brymesser, PA
2016 - Chloe Bellerive, Keedysville, MD
2015 - Hannah Bentz, Boca Raton, FL
2014 - Elizabeth Traband, Center Hall, PA 
2013 - Melissa Kerr, Granville, OH
2012 - Henley Adkins, Moorpark, CA
2011 - Jacob Pope, Owings Mills, MD
2010 - Kara Dunegan, Manassas, VA
2009 - Amanda Horn, Huntington, NY
2008 - Madeleine Genereux, Stillwater, MN
2007 - Kels Bonham, Missouri Valley, IA
2006 - Henry Pfeifer, Temperance, MI