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USEF Congratulates 2021 Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant Winners

by Samantha Robinson | Jan 3, 2022, 9:50 AM

After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant program welcomed over 100 participants in both Zone competitions and the national competition at the USEF Pony Finals presented by Honor Hill Farms. 

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant program promotes proper horsemanship among equestrian youth by encouraging juniors, and specifically the many pony riders competing in hunter/jumper sections, to learn about and practice their horsemanship skills. The program provides winners with grants ($100 for each winner at the Zone level and $500 to each winner at Pony Finals) to be used toward educational or equestrian-related expenses. Junior riders competing on a pony in Regular Hunter Pony, Green Hunter Pony, Pony Medal, Pony Jumpers, or Children’s Hunter Pony are eligible to take the horsemanship test at participating competitions in 2022. Updated participating Zone competitions for the 2022 competition year will be released on the program webpage on the USEF website.

Know of a competition with pony entries that wants to host the Emerson Burr test? Email [email protected] for more information on being a host competition!  

In 2021, six Zone competitions reported results after conducting the horsemanship test, and USEF congratulates those winners from the four age groups in each competition:

  • Lila Kissel (Zone 4) 
  • Eva Krawcheck (Zone 4)
  • Shaela Healy (Zone 4)
  • Elizabeth Cram (Zone 4)
  • Gabrielle Lewis (Zone 6)
  • Kaitlyn Lancelle Bates (Zone 6)
  • Maya Thomas (Zone 6)
  • Carlysle Drosos (Zone 7)
  • Avari Partin (Zone 7)
  • Taylor Morrow (Zone 10)
  • Sloane Hollingshead (Zone 10)
  • Lila Badham (Zone 10)
  • Karina Lyon (Zone 10)
  • Michaela Munson (National)
  • Isabelle Bray (National & Zone 3) 
  • Brynn Lasala (National) 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant program this year. We’re looking forward to expanding the program next year and hope you participate! 

Test Your Knowledge

Can you answer these test questions? These are from some of the past Emerson Burr tests. 

  1. Bell boots can also be called
    1. Over-reach boots 
    2. Hock Boots 
    3. Tail bandage 
    4. Brush boots 
  2. Which of these bits uses double reins? 
    1. Dr. Bristol 
    2. Snaffle 
    3. Loose Ring 
    4. Pelham
  3. What part of a pony’s body is used to measure its height? 
    1. Poll
    2. Withers
    3. Crest
    4. Hip



  1. A
  2. D
  3. B