The American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association has developed a number of youth awards that are designed to increase participation, encourage good sportsmanship and allow youth to enjoy competing with Saddlebred enthusiasts.
The Frank Ogletree Youth Award
The Frank Ogletree Youth Award is a Major Award that honors ASHBA Youth Members who have exhibited a true sportsmanlike attitude throughout their show careers. All nominations must be in writing and include a brief description of why you feel this person qualifies for the award.
The ASHBA Youth Award is a High Point Award, which recognizes youth members who have demonstrated a commitment to ASHBA Youth Programs through participation and achievement in activities that promote the American Saddlebred.
How It Works
Points are awarded annually for a defined set of activities, defined by the ASHBA Youth Committee. The award year is defined as January 1- December 31. This form must be completed by January 5th in order to be considered for this award. Awards will be presented to participants with the most points in two age groups, 13& under, and 14-21. An active ASHBA Junior membership is required.
Youth Club Yearbook Awards
Each year, ASHBA Youth Clubs celebrate their members & accomplishments by creating a yearbook. These yearbooks can be in digital form, scrapbook style, or printed. Yearbooks will be judged on creativity, layout, and general presentation. Yearbooks must be submitted via email or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5th in order to be considered for awards.
Suggestions for Yearbook Chapters
- History- Briefly share the history of your youth club. When did your club start? List past activities and accomplishments? What did your club achieve this year? Who are your leaders? What are the outstanding accomplishments of your members?
- Membership-Provide a brief autobiography and photograph of each club member, describing horse, and non-horse oriented activities. What level of horsemanship has each member achieved? In what school and community activities does each one participate?
- Meetings and Programs – Describe your meetings. How often do you meet? Where? When? What kind of things do you do? What have you learned?
- Educational Activities – In what educational activities has your club participated? Junior Judging, horse bowls, clinics, demonstrations, speakers?
- Community Service – How has your club served the community? Participating in a ride-a-thon, helping an underprivileged family, food drives, working with a therapeutic riding program, or assisting in existing community service projects.
- Fundraising – How do you raise money your club needs for projects? Garage sales, tack cleaning, raffles, sponsoring trail rides or horse shows?
- Promotions – How does your club promote the American Saddlebred? Open barns, riding in parades, donating magazine subscriptions to libraries, supplying Saddlebreds for a judging contest?
ASHBA seeks to recognize the artistic side of our junior members through our annual ASHBA Youth Photo Contest. Photographs of a living American Saddlebred horse are to be taken by an ASHBA junior member. (Sorry, no model horses!) You may submit as many photographs as you like, and awards are given in two age divisions, 13 & under and 14-20. So, ready, get set, shoot! Send in your photo before January 5th.
ASHA Youth Photo Contest Rules
- All entrants must be ASHBA junior members and submitted by January 5th.
- Photographs must be the entrant’s own work and must be taken by the youth member, not an adult.
- All photographs must be of a living American Saddlebred or Half Saddlebred horse.
- Entries will become the property of ASHBA and may be reproduced in any manner by ASHA for publication, promotion, display, or distribution.
- You may submit as many photos as you like; however, a separate entry must be included for each photo. Only one entry per contestant will be awarded a prize.
- Photos will be judged on creativity, originality, and quality of photography.
- No entry fee.
- Two age divisions, 13 & under and 14-20.