The NYCHA recently announced two new ways it will honor student athletes. * Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

NYCHA Scholarships to Recognize Scholastic, Show-Pen Excellence

Two new awards honoring young cutters for their scholastic achievements have been created by the National Cutting Horse Youth Association (NYCHA).

Officials say the Student Athlete of the Quarter and Equine Athlete of the Quarter will highlight NYCHA’s extraordinary equine and student athletes. 

According to the NCHA, each quarter, officials will recognize and honor two Youth student athletes—one boy and one girl—and two Youth equine athletes. The awards aim to recognize impeccable sportsmanship, participation in activities both in and out of the arena, along with success in the cutting pen. 

NYCHA Scholarships

Recognition will qualify each recipient (students and riders of selected equines) for one of four $500 scholarships, which will be presented at the 2022 NYCHA Youth Week Convention Banquet. In addition, as the Equine Athlete of the Quarter official sponsor, Dennis Moreland Tack will donate custom silver headstalls to each of the equine athletes chosen.

Applications for the Student Athlete of the Quarter and Equine Athlete of the Quarter will be available online at in the coming weeks. Applicants must submit completed forms to the NCHA office by May 1, 2021; selections for 2021/2022 will be made for June 1, September 1, December 1 and March 1. 

Winners for each quarter, along with the program sponsors, will be featured in the NYCHA Monthly Newsletter, on the NYCHA official webpage and social media, and in the Cutting Horse Chatter. Additionally, winners will be displayed on the big screen during the NCHA Foundation Youth Scholarship Cutting and NCHA Youth World Finals.