Kentucky Horse Council Announces Equine Scholarship Recipients for Fall 2019 Scholarships

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college, or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Fall 2019 Semester.

The Equine Scholarship are available to students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Fall 2019 semester. The Fall 2019 Scholarships have been awarded to Madeline Sparks and Brittany Rust.

Madeline Sparks (pictured right), of Cynthiana, Kentucky, is a freshman at Midway University studying Equine Rehabilitation and Equine Management. Madeline has a long record of participation in Future Farmers of America, as well as the American Quarter Horse Youth Association, Harrison County Saddle and Spurs Club, 4H and the Pinto Organization of Kentucky, among others. Her academic excellence, many awards, and club involvement combined with her impact on the Kentucky equine community has made her a worthy recipient of the scholarship.

Brittany Rust (pictured below), from Cold Springs, Kentucky, is a junior at Morehead State University studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Brittany has been riding and showing horses her entire life and is heavily involved with the Northern Kentucky Horse Network as well as Future Farmers of America. She is currently involved with the Appalachian Horse Revival as well as the promotion of the Smokey Valley Horse. Brittany is a two-time recipient of the KHC Equine Scholarship.

"The Kentucky Horse Council is honored to present these scholarships to two young women who are already making such an impact on the equine community in Kentucky," says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "These students have managed to balance their studies with their continued participation in the horse industry. Their futures are extremely bright and we are excited to see what they do next!"

Since resurrecting the scholarship program in 2017, the Kentucky Horse Council has awarded scholarships to students attending the University of Kentucky, Midway University, Morehead State University, Murray State University and Eastern Kentucky University. Scholarships are open to all student members of the Kentucky Horse Council. Student memberships are free and interested students may sign up at

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Kentucky Horse Council
Katy Ross
Executive Director
(859) 367-0509

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