The primary goals of the US Equestrian 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 or International Discipline Association 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 Youth Sportsman Award receives a commemorative trophy, $1,000 grant payable to the educational program of choice, and a nomination towards the US Equestrian Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. The reserve winner receives a $500 grant payable to the educational program of choice.
The application process runs from May 1 - September 5 of each year. Completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate US Equestrian Recognized National Affiliate or International Discipline Association. Please refer to the Youth Sportsman's Award Guidelines document for more detailed information.
Youth Sportsman’s Award Previous Award Winners
George Joseph Gadd
Mercer Island, WA
Oklahoma City, OK