Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...

by EQUUS Foundation
May 14, 2014

Equine Service Volunteers Receive Scholarships

Over $11,000 in scholarships were awarded to thirteen individuals to reward their volunteer service in 2013.

Six academic scholarships, including one $1,000 scholarship reserved for members of the United States Pony Clubs (USPC), and $1,500 for members of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Two individuals received a $1,000 scholarship reserved for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) members to advance their equestrian and/or academic education. Four individuals received a $500 scholarship reserved for Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members to advance their equestrian and/or academic education.

New this year, the EQUUS Foundation awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee for an individual to become a PATH Intl. Registered Level Certified Instructor.

Read the stories of these amazing individuals who are helping horses and healing people!

Alicia, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Pawtucket, RI
"My experiences with the children and the horses has changed my life and is the reason why I am pursuing a career working with children with disabilities". Read more at

Katie, Champion Scholarship Recipient – PATH, Bozeman, MT
"I see now how my love for horses can be shared with others and how their interactions with horses can change their lives forever." Read more at

Taylor, Champion Scholarship Recipient - USEF, Dunedin, FL
"It is impossible to have a bad day after spending time with severely challenged individuals who smile, simply because they shared time with a horse and to see them trust a horse with their life." Read more at

Amelia, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Jamison, PA
When Amelia was very young, she thought horses were the most beautiful animals on the planet. Volunteering taught her about the true beauty of horses.

Alissa, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Shelton, CT
Alissa needed community service hours for high school and discovered "the profound impact horses have on the lives of people, whether able or disabled, from a simple smile to making bridges in the mind that were not previously there." Read more at

Elizabeth, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Lawrenceville, GA
"I was hooked from the first day I started volunteering. I thought that therapeutic riding only benefited the participants; however, I now realize that I was also being shaped and impacted by these horses." Read more at

Claire, Champion Scholarship Recipient - USPC, Boxford, MA
"Everyone is known for something in high school, such as 'the pretty one, the class clown, the troublemaker, the geek'. I was known as 'that horse girl'."

Frances, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IHSA, Pine Village, In
A victim of teenage bullying, Fances learned that horses offered the children she worked with an escape from their harsh reality and their problems, as it did for her, and that horses healed them, as she had been healed.

Shelby, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IHSA, Highland Falls, NY
Shelby grew up on a fifty horse farm in West Point, New York. "It was the best way to grow up." She plans to pursue a career in the equestrian sport.

Brianna, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Ooltewah, TN
"I learn something new every day. I hope that one day I will get certified to be an instructor – and also a coach for an equestrian team."

Hallie, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, High Point, NC
"Horses taught me so many life lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, especially determination. If you fall off, you have to pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, and get back on."

Tessa, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Sudbury, MA
For all of the differences between the students that Tessa works with and Tessa, Tessa learned that there are a million more ways in which they are similar.

Julianne, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Boca Raton, FL
Julianne has logged over a 1,000 service hours since she began volunteering in 7th grade when she visited a program where her autistic brother interacted with miniature horses.


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EQUUS Foundation

Location: Westport, CT - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lynn Coakley
Westport, CT United States
$122,330 raised of $250,000 goal
409 donations
$127,670 to go
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