Greetings from NSBA Youth!

Throughout 2020, NSBA Youth officers and directors continued to meet and stay active using teleconferencing and Zoom meetings. During this year that looked so different, the youth board focused on how they can continue to make a positive impact on their communities and fulfilling goal to ‘do good in the neighborhood.’

All year at shows, and again at the NSBA World Championship Show, the youth collected letters for active military members through Operation Gratitude.

Additionally, submissions for the Youth Art Contest were collected and winning pieces were displayed at the NSBA World Championship Show. Winning artists received checks for $50.00, certificates and prizes in recognition of their work.

At the NSBA World Championship Show the NSBA Youth held a socially-distant outdoor draw party and meeting for officer elections. NSBA congratulates incoming NSBA Youth President, Steve Wheat, from Ocala, Florida. NSBA would also like to thank Shelby Cochran for her continued leadership and enthusiasm throughout her term. Watch for more information about these officers and directors in an upcoming issue of the Way To Go!

The Youth Team Tournament had a record number of participants, with more than 60 youth competing. The winning team was comprised of Madison Dolan, Emma DeJong, Victoria Coombs, and Isabella Buckley.

Learn more about the 2020 NSBA Youth of the Year, Jacqueline Potwora, who was recognized at the NSBA Honors ceremony, in the article below.

The NSBA Youth of the Year award is given annually to recognize youth who have gone above and beyond in helping others through community service. The winner will is recognized during NSBA's Annual NSBA Honors - a night that celebrates the 2020 Hall of Fame and Special Award winners. The winner also receives an NSBA jacket or vest. Best of all, the NSBA Foundation makes a donation in the winner's name to a charity of their choosing.

Jacqueline Potwora, of Eugene, Oregon, was named NSBA’s 2020 Youth of the Year. She received the award during the NSBA Honors awards banquet, which was held during the 2020 NSBA World Championship Show in August.

Jacqueline volunteers with Genesis Reading Academy, which helps under served, elementary aged children learn reading fluency. In addition, she takes her therapy dog to local retirement facilities in her hometown to visit residents. Jacqueline graduated from Marist Catholic High School this spring and is currently a freshman at Southern Methodist University. Jacqueline has chosen to allocate her donation to the Genesis Reading Academy.

The application process for 2021 Youth of the Year will be available soon.

Officer

President
Steve Wheat (Benton, LA)
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President Elect
Caroline Fredenburg (Oxford, IN)
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Secretary
Jacqueline Potwora (Eugene, OR)
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Treasurer
Millie Landon (Pilot Point, TX)
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Reporter
Kendalyn Herlocker (Cedar Rapids, IA)
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Directors

Director
Renee Conklin (Hallsville, MO)
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Lili Drinkall (Milledgeville, IL)
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Kaitlyn Bloom (Bonanza, OR)
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Liaisons

Newsletter
Louise Beil
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Office
Stephanie Lynn
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Youth interested in serving on the NSBYA board should submit an interest form to the NSBA office.

Ride into the Future
Smart Points

NSBA rewards youth members for their participation in NSBA programs, and encourages them to become lifelong learners, through the Smart Points program.  Enrollment can occur at any time throughout the year.

 Each NSBA point that the youth rider earns, in a Dual Approved or other designated youth class, will earn a money value, including Novice youth and walk-trot classes.

Youth riders must have an NSBA membership, enroll in the Smart Points program, and either ride a NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund (SIF) Licensed horse, or register their horse into the Smart Points program, in order to earn Smart Points money. The name on the Smart Points enrollment and NSBA membership must be exactly the same. Each NSBA point that the youth rider earns in a Dual Approved, or other designated youth class, will earn a money value, including Novice youth and walk-trot classes. 

Click on the image above to learn more about the program. 

2021 Youth of the Year

The NSBA Foundation sponsors an annual award developed to recognize volunteerism in our youth. If you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help others, then this award is designed for them. The 2020 recipient was Jacqueline Potwora.

Anyone can fill out the application, and the award is open for any youth member of NSBA. The winner will be recognized during NSBA's Annual NSBA Honors - A night that celebrates the 2021 Hall of Fame and Special Award winners. Best of all, the NSBA Foundation will make a donation in the winner's name to a charity of their choosing. If you know of someone deserving of this award, the application will be available soon.