PHJ press release by: Kalyn Sanders
Two AjPHA members recently received a leg up from APHA and Corporate Partner Farnam Horse Products just for doing what they love: showing their Breeders’ Trust-enrolled Paint Horses at APHA-approved shows. Kelsey Kafesjian and Callie Ford each received a $1,000 scholarship from Farnam, and the APHA regional club of their choice each received $500, courtesy of Farnam.
AjPHA members automatically receive an entry into the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship Program each time they show a Breeders’ Trust-nominated Paint Horse in APHA Youth or Novice Youth classes during the year-long eligibility period. The event collected entries between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. Entries accumulated per judge, per class.
In its second year, APHA tallied 66,820 total entries for the scholarships, an increase of nearly 5,000 entries over the 2012–2013 period. Per program rules, entries were divided into two groups: one for entries from Youth classes, and the other for entries from Novice Youth classes. One recipient was chosen at random by computer from each group to win a $1,000 Farnam scholarship; each winner then selected an APHA regional club of their choice, which receives $500 from Farnam to fund an outreach program to local youth equine programs.
Kelsey Kafesjian of Bluffdale, Utah, was the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Novice Youth Scholarship winner. Kelsey is an 18-year-old high school senior with plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall. She earned her points toward the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship riding Tramps Invitation, a 2008 bay tobiano mare by Special Invitation out of Ravishing Tramp who is nominated to the Breeders’ Trust. A regional Paint Horse club of Kelsey’s choice will also receive a $500 grant from Farnam.
Callie Ford, a 16-year-old high school student from Hixon, Tennessee, was the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship recipient. She earned her entries for the scholarship riding Cardinal Rule, a Breeders’ Trust-nominated 2008 sorrel overo gelding by Paint Me Zippo out of Paint My Investment. She selected the Tennessee Paint Horse Club to receive the additional $500 from Farnam.
“I love riding the APHA circuit and very happy to have received this amazing scholarship,” Callie said. “I want to thank AjPHA, my amazing horse Cardinal Rule, who always gives his all and is such a sweet boy, and my great trainer Blake Carney for all of his hard work.”
Callie and “Eli” continue to showing in Western all-around events this year in both Novice Youth and Youth 14–18 divisions. She plans to use the scholarship toward a law degree from the University of Georgia or the University of Tennessee.
The Farnam Breeders’ Trust Youth Scholarship sweepstakes program is administered and implemented through the American Paint Horse Foundation.
Scholarships for the 2014–2015 show season will be gathered from all eligible entries generated between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. AjPHA members showing Breeders’ Trust-nominated horses in Youth or Novice Youth classes earn one entry per class per judge at every APHA-approved show where they exhibit.
For more information, visit the APHA’s Breeders’ Trust incentive program.