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A Message from the President

The NSBA Youth officers and directors have had a productive start to 2021. We are continuing our designated service project, "Operation Gratitude" throughout this year. For those unfamiliar, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually-addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.

Through collection drives, letter writing campaigns, craft projects and care package assembly events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say "Thank You" through active, hands-on volunteerism. Several letter collections have been set up at weekend horse shows, as well as officer and directors' home barns. In addition, we have connected with Operation Gratitude to set up a direct donation option for a sock drive through the NSBA Foundation's Amazon Smile Charity List. Physical sock collections will take place at both the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in Ocala, Florida, in April, and the NSBA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this August.

Beyond the Operation Gratitude project, we have an additional goal of focusing on expanding outreach to new youth communities. With this in mind, we have organized several youth socials and a movie night at the WEC Ocala facility throughout the Winter Spectacular Series that was held January-March.

Look for the Benefit Saddle Auction for a chance to win a custom Harris Saddle with proceeds benefiting the newly announced Susan Scott Memorial Scholarship at the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in April. This fund will benefit the recipient Youth of the Year Award, which is presented annually by the NSBA Foundation to a youth who has gone above and beyond to exhibit exemplary character in helping others through community service. The formation of this scholarship will enrich the future of the equine industry by providing educational opportunities to the next generation and rewarding community service, academics and achievement.

As we look forward to the 2021 NSBA World Championship Show, we plan on continuing the Youth Team Tournament. Please join us on Friday, August 13, for our draw party and the NSBA Youth Annual Meeting and Officer Election.

- Steve Wheat, NSBYA President

Youth Team Tournament

Youth at the NSBA World Championship Show have another opportunity to show up and play hard, with the Youth Team Tournament in 2021! Participants are invited to the Youth Draw Party at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 13, where teams will be drawn. There is no additional entry fee. Entries are taken in the show office until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.

The competition is open to all youth exhibitors entered in NSBA World Championship Show Youth classes. Futurity and Maturity classes do not count. Teams of no more than five exhibitors will be drawn based on the number of entrants. Once teams are drawn, each youth will choose up to two classes to designate as their Youth Team Class(es). Points earned in those classes will contribute toward their teams' totals.

Results will be tabulated and updated throughout the day on signage to keep teams abreast of their current rank. Team awards will be given to the first place through third place team. Points are awarded based on team members’ placing in their designated classes. See full rules and point chart below.

Tournament Rules

Operation Gratitude

Help the NSBA Youth continue their designated service project, "Operation Gratitude”! Operation Gratitude is a non-profit that sends 300,000+ individually-addressed care packages to troops deployed overseas, their children left behind and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.

NSBYA has connected with Operation Gratitude to collect socks and handwritten letters for these care packages. Several letter collections have been set up at weekend horse shows, as well as officer and directors' home barns. Physical sock collections will take place at both the A Sudden Impulse Futurity in Ocala, Florida, in April, and the NSBA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this August or you can donation socks directly through the NSBA Foundation's Amazon Smile Charity List.

Donate Socks

Youth of the Year Award

The Youth of the Year Award recognizes youth who demonstrate dedication through volunteer work for a worthy cause. The award is designed to reward NSBYA members who actively participate in a service project. Their service can be for an equine or a local community organization. The purpose is to promote and celebrate service work in our youth.

Anyone can fill out the application and the award is open for any youth member of NSBA. The winner will receive recognition at the NSBA Honors Banquet, a night that celebrates the 2021 Hall of Fame and Special Award winners and a spotlight in The Way To Go magazine. As well, the NSBA Foundation will make a donation in the winner's name to a charity of their choosing. Beginning in 2021, the recipient of the NSBA Youth of the Year Award will also receive the Susan Scott Memorial Scholarship.

Complete applications and references can be sent to the NSBA Office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2021.

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Smart Points

NSBA rewards youth members for their participation in NSBA programs and encourages them to become lifelong learners through the Smart Points program. Youth riders may apply by paying a one-time fee of $25 and completing the enrollment form. Enrollment can occur at any time throughout the year.

Youth riders must have an NSBA membership, enroll in the Smart Points program, and either ride an 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. NSBA Smart Points also sponsors the National Youth Activity Team Tournament (NYATT) at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, and the Youth Team Tournament at the APHA Youth World Show. This sponsorship allows the youth to enter and earn NSBA points towards the Smart Points program, as well as year-end awards.

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2020-2021 Youth Board

Officers

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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Director
Lili Drinkall (Milledgeville, IL)
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Director
Kaitlyn Bloom (Bonanza, OR)
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Liaisons

Newsletter
Morgan Kaufmann
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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. Officers are elected annually at the NSBA Youth Annual Meeting, held at the NSBA World Championship Show.