Youth Scholarship

Youth Scholarship!

Congratulations to Bailey Hurst, our 2023 scholarship winner! Bailey was great help at all our shows and her written application was excellent. We had an extremely competitive group of applicants and we’re proud of all of them!

Building a strong youth community is part of the mission of Gem State Stock Horse Association. That’s why we’ll be continuing our tradition of awarding one of our youth participants with a scholarship. Eligibility rules are listed below.

The application consists of a written component along with a volunteer requirement.


– You must be 18 or under, but there is no minimum age.

– You have been involved with GSSHA during 2024

– It is not required that you show with GSSHA to qualify

– Applicants and award winners from previous years are welcome to apply again.

You must volunteer at a minimum of one show and attend at least one board meeting.


The scholarship amount will be $500-$1000*.

We’ll announce the winner and the scholarship amount at the banquet in January 2025.

* Final amount will be determined by the GSSHA Board of Directors

Written Component

2024 Questions Coming Soon! Our questions from 2023 were:

Short Answers:
– Describe your involvement with Gem State in 2023
– Describe your activities and extracurriculars in school
– Describe your college or other future plans
– Describe your plans for the award money, if awarded
– What was your biggest takeaway from the board meeting you attended, or what do you expect to learn from the board meeting if you haven’t attended one yet

Essay Question:
– Describe what you think would be the best way to help grow the sport of Reined Cowhorse. Things to consider: sponsors, bringing new people into the sport, increasing the size of the audience, and any other creative ways you can think of to help our sport grow!

Optional Bonus Question:

Describe your horse as though he or she was a person. What kind of clothes would they wear? What kind of music would they like? Would you be friends if you went to school together?

Deadlines/How to Apply

Applications are due in January, 2025. Exact deadline TBD. We’ll announce the winner at the banquet.

Please email us at gemstatestockhorse (at) to sign up to volunteer at our shows or to get the details of our upcoming board meetings.