Foundation invests in the next generation of western sports athletes
The Teton Ridge Foundation, the philanthropic wing of the emerging brand, Teton Ridge, is perpetuating the legacy of western performance sports by supporting youth barrel racers and encouraging their involvement with Sherry Cervi Youth Championships.
Visionary entrepreneur Thomas Tull formed Teton Ridge to promote and preserve America’s iconic western culture and heritage by investing in western performance sports, athletes, events, breeding and land conservation.
The foundation’s commitment to the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships will not only support the organization’s goal to increase participation in the sport of barrel racing but provide scholarships for higher education.
Sherry Cervi Youth Championships was founded in 2008 by legendary barrel racer Sherry Cervi. The Championships consist of three races throughout Arizona, Minnesota and California.
“I started the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships to support the next generation of future champions and to give back to the industry that has given me so much,” said Cervi. “The Teton Ridge Foundation shares the same passion for our youth and the western lifestyle. I am honored and very grateful for their generosity and support of both the races and the scholarship program.”
Sherry Cervi Youth Championships offers education scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The awardee amounts range from $500 to $5,000 and may be used at the college, university, or trade school of the student’s choice.
“We are grateful to be able to transform the lives of young barrel racers by helping Sherry Cervi Youth Championships provide youth a pathway to pursue higher education, participate in a western sport and experience competition,” said John Sanislow, operations manager of Teton Ridge. “Sherry is a role model and mentor for western athletes of all ages.”
This year’s application period opens on October 1 to individuals who competed as a senior in at least one championship event within 2020 or 2021. Applicants will be awarded in January of 2022.
The next Sherry Cervi Youth Championships event takes place on October 1-3 in Verndale, MN.
About Teton Ridge
Teton Ridge is a multi-platform brand devoted to the iconic American Western way of life and western equine sports. Teton Ridge was created with the singular focus of elevating Classic Western Sports and America’s Western Culture on the world stage, while broadening audiences around the globe as well as at home. Additionally, Teton Ridge operates a philanthropic foundation which provides invaluable funding for land stewardship; fosters community by preserving the cultural heritage of America’s western culture; and ensures the future of ranching and riding sports. For more information about Teton Ridge, please visit tetonridge.com or @tetonridge on Instagram @tetonridgeusa on Facebook.
About the Teton Ridge Foundation
The Teton Ridge Foundation serves as the philanthropic wing of the Teton Ridge Brand. The Foundation will provide invaluable funding for land stewardship, while helping foster community, working to preserve the American West’s cultural heritage, and serving as a champion of riding sports and the ranching way of life. For more information about Teton Ridge, please visit tetonridge.com or @tetonridge on Instagram @tetonridgeusa on Facebook.
About Sherry Cervi Youth Championships
Sherry Cervi Youth Championships, a non-profit organization, produces annual barrel races in Arizona, California, and Minnesota. In 2018, a scholarship program was established for young cowgirls and cowboys who compete in barrel racing and aspire to embark on higher education following high-school graduation. Proceeds from the Sherry Cervi Youth Championship events, sponsorships, and donations fund the scholarship and are awarded annually to future champions in life as well as the arena. The program chooses one or more recipients, awarding various amounts to use toward an accredited educational institution where they have been accepted. Eligible payees include colleges, universities, junior and community colleges, and trade schools of all kinds. Sherry Cervi, founder of the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships and the scholarship program, is the all-time winningest cowgirl in rodeo history, with more than $4 million in lifetime earnings. She’s a 19-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, a four-time World Champion Barrel Racer, was named the 2013 Ram Top Gun Award, and is an inductee into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Additionally, she’s a breeder and trainer of top-level barrel horses. Visit www.sherrycervi.com and follow the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships on Facebook.
Sherry Cervi Youth Championships