The primary goals of the US Equestrian National Youth Sportsman's Award is to identify future leaders within the equine industry from across all breeds and disciplines and distinguish outstanding youth for their achievements.

Individuals 17 or younger, as of December 1 of the current competition year, who are active members in good standing with US Equestrian and their Recognized National Affiliate are eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport, serve as a positive role model for peers, and exhibit characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles. Community involvement in equestrian activities as well as involvement at any level of competition (Local, Regional, or National) are additional requirements applicants must meet.

The overall winner of the US Equestrian National Youth Sportsman Award receives a commemorative trophy, $1,000 grant payable to the educational program of choice. The reserve winner receives a $500 grant payable to the educational program of choice.

The application process runs from May 1st- August 15th of each year. Completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate US Equestrian Recognized National Affiliate. Please refer to the National Youth Sportsman's Award Guidelines document for more detailed information.


Staff Contact

Lexie Stovel
[email protected]


National Youth Sportsman’s Award Winner 

Kiley Hamilton
Linden, CA 

Past Winners

Forms and Publications

National Youth Sportsman's Award Application

Youth Sportsman's Award Application

National Youth Sportsman's Affiliate Contacts

National Affiliate Contacts for Youth Sportsman's Award

National Youth Sportsman's Award Guidelines

Youth Sportsman's Award Guidelines

National Youth Sportsman's Award Past Winners

Previous winners of the US Equestrian National Youth Sportsman's Award.