Varsity Reining Club Awards Scholarships

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Varsity Reining Club awarded 13 scholarships in 2014, totaling more than $5,000. The Varsity Reining Club encourages reining youth to be more active in their communities, and rewards participants for their scholastic accomplishments.

“Reining has always been an extracurricular activity for our youth, and the Varsity Reining Club is our opportunity to encourage community involvement that spans far beyond the show arena,” said Hayley Lewallen, senior coordinator of marketing.

Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients (ages 14 to 18, as of Jan. 1, 2014):

Top Varsity Youth of the Year: Megan D’Andrea, 17, from Fowler, Ohio, with 9,113 total points

D’Andrea’s total points included submissions in the community service category, but also included participation in photography and fundraising. When not giving back to her community, D’Andrea enjoys spending time with her horses.

Second: Holly Lansidel, 17, from McKenna, Washington, with 5,005 total points

Third: Amy Stoney, 18, from McClave, Colorado, with 3,515 total points

Fourth: Lydia Wilson, 17, from Smithfield, Virginia, with 3,445 total points

Fifth: Samantha Land, 15, from Boerne, Texas, with 1,505 total points

Sixth: Blair McFarlin, 17, from Franklin, Tennessee, with 1,350 total points

Seventh: Shaelyn Vering, 17, from Scribner, Nebraska, with 1,325 total points

Eighth: Jordan Scott, 16, from Bluff City, Tennessee, with 1,230 total points

Junior Varsity Youth of the Year Award Recipients (ages 13 and younger, as of Jan. 1, 2014):

Top Junior Varsity Youth of the Year: Grace Wilson, 14, from Smithfield, Virginia, with 2,455 total points

Wilson’s points included the time spent volunteering with several different groups in her area, one of which includes an equine rescue group.

Second: Reagan Stephens, 14, from Weatherford, Oklahoma, with 2,070 total points

Third: Taylor Masson, 14, from Davie, Florida, with 1,238 total points

Fourth: Ally Jones, 13, from Franklin, Kentucky, with 1,046 total points

Fifth: Robin Foster, 9, from Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with 375 total points

Point values in the Varsity Reining Club are awarded based on participation in four main categories: philanthropy; creativity; publicity; and academics. Within these primary areas of focus, participants can record activity in photography, community service, report back, and fundraising.

The Varsity Reining Club is free for NRHyA members, and serves as an innovative tool to help reining youth become more involved at a local level, while also developing valuable life skills. Learn more and enroll online today at