A Message from the President
The NSBA Youth officers and directors have had a productive start to 2021. We are continuing our designated service project, "Operation Gratitude" throughout this year. For those unfamiliar, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually-addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.
Through collection drives, letter writing campaigns, craft projects and care package assembly events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say "Thank You" through active, hands-on volunteerism. Several letter collections have been set up at weekend horse shows, as well as officer and directors' home barns. In addition, we have connected with Operation Gratitude to set up a direct donation option for a sock drive through the NSBA Foundation's Amazon Smile Charity List. Physical sock collections will take place at both the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in Ocala, Florida, in April, and the NSBA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this August.
Beyond the Operation Gratitude project, we have an additional goal of focusing on expanding outreach to new youth communities. With this in mind, we have organized several youth socials and a movie night at the WEC Ocala facility throughout the Winter Spectacular Series that was held January-March.
Look for the Benefit Saddle Auction for a chance to win a custom Harris Saddle with proceeds benefiting the newly announced Susan Scott Memorial Scholarship at the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in April. This fund will benefit the recipient Youth of the Year Award, which is presented annually by the NSBA Foundation to a youth who has gone above and beyond to exhibit exemplary character in helping others through community service. The formation of this scholarship will enrich the future of the equine industry by providing educational opportunities to the next generation and rewarding community service, academics and achievement.
As we look forward to the 2021 NSBA World Championship Show, we plan on continuing the Youth Team Tournament. Please join us on Friday, August 13, for our draw party and the NSBA Youth Annual Meeting and Officer Election.
- Steve Wheat, NSBYA President
Youth Team Tournament
Youth at the NSBA World Championship Show have another opportunity to show up and play hard, with the Youth Team Tournament in 2021! Participants are invited to the Youth Draw Party at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 13, where teams will be drawn. There is no additional entry fee. Entries are taken in the show office until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.
The competition is open to all youth exhibitors entered in NSBA World Championship Show Youth classes. Futurity and Maturity classes do not count. Teams of no more than five exhibitors will be drawn based on the number of entrants. Once teams are drawn, each youth will choose up to two classes to designate as their Youth Team Class(es). Points earned in those classes will contribute toward their teams' totals.
Results will be tabulated and updated throughout the day on signage to keep teams abreast of their current rank. Team awards will be given to the first place through third place team. Points are awarded based on team members’ placing in their designated classes. See full rules and point chart below.
Help the NSBA Youth continue their designated service project, "Operation Gratitude”! Operation Gratitude is a non-profit that sends 300,000+ individually-addressed care packages to troops deployed overseas, their children left behind and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.
NSBYA has connected with Operation Gratitude to collect socks and handwritten letters for these care packages. Several letter collections have been set up at weekend horse shows, as well as officer and directors' home barns. Physical sock collections will take place at both the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in Ocala, Florida, in April, and the NSBA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this August or you can donation socks directly through the NSBA Foundation's Amazon Smile Charity List.
Youth of the Year Award
The Youth of the Year Award recognizes youth who demonstrate dedication through volunteer work for a worthy cause. The award is presented annually by the NSBA Foundation to a deserving youth who has gone above and beyond to exhibit exemplary character in helping others through community service. The purpose is to promote and celebrate service work in our youth.
Anyone can fill out the application and the award is open for any youth member of NSBA. The winner will receive recognition at the NSBA Honors Banquet, a night that celebrates the 2021 Hall of Fame and Special Award winners and a spotlight in The Way To Go magazine. As well, the NSBA Foundation will make a donation in the winner's name to a charity of their choosing. 2021 marks the first year that the NSBA Youth of the Year will be presented with a $4,000 scholarship from the Susan Scott Memorial Fund. In addition to the scholarship, a $500 donation is made to the charity of choice in the winner’s name.
This year, the award received more applications than prior years resulting in a tough decision for the review committee. Seven finalists have been selected by the review committee with the winner to be announced during the Annual NSBA Honors Awards banquet held Sunday, August 15th at 6:30 PM on stage in the Ford Truck Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• Alexis Potts, Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Stirrup Your Spirits, helping youth overcome obstacles and bullying;
• Amber Nusser, Longmont, Colorado, Boulder County Fair Queen, educating people about agriculture;
• Calen Braden, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, volunteer with Partners for Progress, therapeutic riding center;
• Emma De Jong, Bargersville, Indiana, fundraiser and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Habitat’s Women Build;
• Grant Mastin, Jackson, Ohio, created Tackles for Tots to support Jackson, Ohio Area Events Joyful Christmas shoe drive;
• Ian McFarlin, Tallahassee, Florida, volunteer with Hands and Hearts for Horses equine assisted-therapy program;
• and Taylor Smith, Salado, Texas, volunteer with Foster Performance Horses helping therapeutic and horseless riders.
“Each of the applicants are to be commended for their outstanding service to their projects. They truly represent the motto of the NSBA Youth, Doing Good in the Neighborhood,” noted Stephanie Lynn, NSBA executive director. “The work of these outstanding youth is a tremendous testament to their servant heart and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.”
The Susan Scott Memorial fund was established to honor Susan’s memory and foster the lifelong skills learned as a youth involved with horses and horse showing. Rewarding young horsemen who give selflessly perpetuates the characteristics most often found in successful individuals, regardless of their career paths. The fund was made possible through the generous contributions garnered from the auction of Susan’s custom-made Harris saddle and memorial contributions made to the NSBA Foundation in Susan’s name. The saddle was donated by Susan’s daughter, Nancy Ditty, along with her husband Seth and son Luke.
NSBA rewards youth members for their participation in NSBA programs and encourages them to become lifelong learners through the Smart Points program. Youth riders may apply by paying a one-time fee of $25 and completing the enrollment form. Enrollment can occur at any time throughout the year.
Youth riders must have an NSBA membership, enroll in the Smart Points program, and either ride an NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund (SIF) Licensed horse, or register their horse into the Smart Points program, in order to earn Smart Points money. The name on the Smart Points enrollment and NSBA membership must be exactly the same.
Each NSBA point that the youth rider earns in a Dual Approved, or other designated youth class, will earn a money value, including Novice youth and walk-trot classes. NSBA Smart Points also sponsors the National Youth Activity Team Tournament (NYATT) at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, and the Youth Team Tournament at the APHA Youth World Show. This sponsorship allows the youth to enter and earn NSBA points towards the Smart Points program, as well as year-end awards.
2020-2021 Youth Board
Caroline Fredenburg (Straughn, IN)
Steve Wheat (Benton, LA)
Spencer Hardin (Olive Branch, MS)
Emma Tarter (Plainfield, IN)
Sydney Sargent (Paris, KY)
Lili Drinkall (Milledgeville, IL)
Taylor Hinely (Norco, CA)
Blakely Abbot (Covington, GA)
Natalie Anderson (Washington, GA)
Kaitlyn Bloom (Bonanza, OR)
Youth interested in serving on the NSBYA board should submit an interest form to the NSBA Office. Officers are elected annually at the NSBA Youth Annual Meeting, held at the NSBA World Championship Show.