There are just two weeks left until applications are due for the 2018 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships. Past recipients of the Educational Scholarship have used the funds to further their riding education and expand their opportunities to work with instructors in lessons and clinics.
We’ve collected stories from past recipients about their experiences since they received the scholarship and how it affected their riding. Before you fill out your application, take some time to read their stories! Stay tuned for the Young Adult edition, coming next week.
Lorraine Barrows, 2014 Worth the Trust Adult Amateur recipient
Eventing is a demanding sport both mentally and physically. The three different phases require intelligence, training and competing skills, and bravery. At any competition level, an eventer can experience problems such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, inability to focus or to perform efficiently under pressure. Often, an individual is unaware of self-talk or habits that are counterproductive. Discussion with a qualified sports counselor can help that eventer develop the insight and desire to identify and implement more productive attitudes and behaviors. This process can illuminate and enhance the eventer both as a person and as a rider. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships have been created to provide event riders with this opportunity.
The Lady Rider of the Year Trophy, donated by June McKnight, is named for Essie Perkins who was a leader in the growth of eventing in the United States. Along with her husband Read and daughters Beth and Bea (now di Grazia), Essie was part of America’s most prominent and earliest eventing families. In addition to breeding, riding and training event horses, the Perkins family ran a horse trials at their Huntington Farm in Vermont. On June 14, 1978, Essie passed away from cancer following a valiant battle and the trophy is perpetually awarded in her honor.
Essie Perkins on the cover of the 1978 USCTA News.