The National Western Stock Show (NWSS), in partnership with the National Western Scholarship Trust (NWST), is pleased to launch our new youth equestrian scholarship program, the Youth Equestrian Showcase (YES).
YES has been created to recognize and support our local equestrian youth and involve them in the educational opportunities of the NWSS. Scholarship money from the NWST will be awarded to Colorado and Wyoming youth aged 14-21 who are involved in the equine industry.
Each participant will submit an eligibility application which will include questions related to the youth’s involvement in the equine industry, a plan for an educational visual display and a video introducing the youth along with his or her horse, mule or pony and the goal(s) he or she plans to accomplish with it. Applications are due Nov. 1.
Ten outstanding finalists will be selected from the applications to compete for the YES scholarships. These finalists will create a follow-up video, execute their plans for an educational visual display during NWSS and interact with the public in an educational setting during NWSS. They will be judged on involvement in the equine industry, creative content/goal accomplishment in the videos, educational visual display plan and interaction with the public. YES finalists will be recognized during the Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at 7 p.m., and the Grand Champion, who will be awarded $2,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion, who will receive $1,000, will be named.
Visit the Horse Show page on the NWSS website for more information and application materials.
Grounds admission and event tickets for the NWSS go on sale Sept. 24, and will be available at nationalwestern.com and all King Soopers locations.