The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust has awarded four recipients with 2019 memorial grants in loving memory of Harry Sebring and Elberta Honstein.
The numerous applications always present a daunting challenge to the selection committee. The Morgan breed is very lucky to have so many young adults and youth members pursuing such a variety of programs and providing such extensive submissions for consideration.
This year, three grants were issued in memory of Harry Sebring. Harry Sebring was a renowned Morgan horse trainer who also served as president of the American Morgan Horse Association. The grant was created by his family in his memory, as he always wanted to see young adults excel personally and professionally.
Kate Rawlinson (Lincoln, Nebraska) will further her veterinarian schooling by completing an externship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
Holly Scribner (Lyman, Maine) will be obtaining certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and certification as a Path International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
Jordan Cusumano (Howell, Michigan) will be obtaining EAGALA Certification (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
This year, one grant was issued in memory of Elberta Honstein, who had a rich and long history with the Morgan breed. In the early 1960s with her husband Roy, the Honsteins founded Roy-El Farm and passed their love of the breed on to their daughter, Debbie, and later Debbie’s daughters, Elberta Seybold and Erlene Seybold-Smythe.
Airianna Rich (Baraboo, Wisconsin) will be pursuing instruction in the Dressage Discipline.
AMHECT would like to congratulate the 2019 grant recipients as well as the other applicants on their pursuit of further education and training. A special thank you is extended to the numerous people who donated to these memorial grant funds in memory of two special people. The next grant period will open on September 15, 2019, and close on November 1, 2019. All qualified members are encouraged to apply for the 2020 grants.