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Scholarship Program

Current Applications

  • 2017 Sussex County Horse Show Application
  • 2017 Warren County Fair Application – Coming Soon

  • ~2016 Riding Scholarship Recipients~

    East Coast Equine is proud to be a return sponsor of the Sussex County Horse Show Scholarship Program! Three $500 scholarships were awarded to each student. This year’s recipients are:

    1. Ashley Driemel of Vernon NJ. Ashley is a 2016 graduate of Vernon Township High School and is enrolled in the University of Vermont for this upcoming fall semester. Ashley’s volunteer activities included participating at the River’s Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, Cliffwood Lake Community Recreation Department, the Horseman Riding Club of New Jersey, and the Junior Horsemen’s committee. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the Spanish National Honors Society.

    2. Becky Hemstead of West Milford NJ. Becky is a 2015 graduate of West Milford Township High School and is currently enrolled at Cornell University. Becky is a member of the Hidden Acres Equestrian Team and is a student of George Alala, Jolene Cash and Brian Cash. Becky is very active in her community and has been involved Hurricane Irene relief efforts, Habitat for Humanity, Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church youth group, Christian mission trips and many other activities. While in high school she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Peers as Leaders origination. She is now entering her second year at Cornell University and is studying agriculture.

    3. Elizabeth Traband of Centre Hall PA. Lizzy is 2016 graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and set to enroll at the Pennsylvania State University in the Fall. Many may know of Lizzy and her pony “Toby” that have performed here at the Sussex County Horse Show in the past or Lizzy and her other horses that performed as recently today in this same ring. Besides from her riding endeavors, Lizzy is very active in her community where she has been involved in mentoring area youths in the learning about horse care and farm management, she has been a Youth Ambassador for the Sally Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Final and assists with activities at the New Hope Church. She has had the opportunity to speak in front of the New Jersey State Legislature regarding the importance of the equine industry and has been a guest speaker at the Penn State College of Agriculture discussing equine education.

    We would like to congratulate these hard working young ladies on their achievements! We wish all of you the best of luck in future endeavors. We wish you academic success as you embark on your fall semesters.

    Congratulations Riders!!

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    ~2015 English Riding Scholarship Recipient~

    Jenna Payne – 2015 ECEVS English Riding Scholarship Winner hosted by the Sussex County Horse Show

    Congratulations Jenna Payne for being selected as the 2015 ECEVS English Riding Scholarship winner!

    Jenna’s trainer, Jaclyn Tassey, has nothing but kind words to describe her student:

    “Jenna has ridden under Jaclyn Tassey, Top Line Training LLC since she was 7 years old. She has been taking lessons and showing hunter/jumpers. Jenna is a bright, responsible and dedicated young lady. She has always done a wonderful job of balancing her school work, job at the barn, school sports, riding lessons and horse shows. Sometimes I wonder how she does it all!  I was so thrilled to hear that she was a recipient of the East Coast Scholarship this year as she deserves more than any student I know. We will miss her while she is away at school as she is always very helpful at the farm and many of the younger students look up to her.”

    Jenna is enrolled in a dual degree program (3+2) between Stonehill College (MA) and the University of Notre Dame.   Upon completion, she will earn a BA in chemistry and a BS in chemical engineering.  She is planning to minor in Arabic or Middle Eastern studies. Jenna has been selected to compete on the Equestrian Team. Jenna graduated from Pope John High School in June of 2015 where she was a member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and received the Agnes Scott Book Award for ranking within the top 20% of her class.  She was Pope John’s 2015 recipient of the Wallkill Valley Rotary scholarship.

    Congratulations Jenna!


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    ~2015 Western Riding Scholarship Recipient~

    Samantha Elliot – 2015 ECEVS Western Riding Scholarship Winner hosted by the Sussex County Horse Show

    Congratulations Samantha Elliot for being selected as the 2015 ECEVS Western Riding Scholarship recipient!

    Samantha graduated from Sparta High School in 2015. She will be attending Sussex County Community College in the Fall 2015 with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting. After completing 2 years at SCCC she plans to transfer to a four year school with the goal of earning a Bachelor’s Degree. Samantha started horseback riding when she was just 5 years old. She has been an active 4-H member for 10 years. Samantha trains and horse shows under the guidance of Amy Wunderlich at AW Performance Horses. She is a Pass it Along Member and loves to volunteer and help others.

    Congratulations Samantha!


    East Coast Equine wishes both Jenna and Samantha the best of luck as they embark on their academic endeavors.

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    ~2014 Scholarship Recipient~

    Krista Vrabel – 2014 Sussex County Horse Show Scholarship Recipient Sponsored by East Coast Equine

    Krista Vrabel

    Krista was kind enough to share an update with East Coast Equine since receiving her scholarship award in 2014. Here is how she is doing in her own words.

    “In 2014 I was a recipient of the $500 Local Achievement Scholarship at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, and I am now a rising senior at Ithaca College expecting to graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public & Community Health, a concentration in Occupational Science, and a minor in Health Policy & Management. The scholarship money that I very appreciatively received from East Coast Equine was put to good use buying text books for both my Fall and Spring semesters. I am an active member of the Ithaca College IHSA Equestrian Team in Zone 2 Region 1, and this year I pointed out of Intermediate Flat/Fences and placed 6th at Regionals. In addition to my work-study in Ithaca College’s library, I worked as the editor of a health and wellness newsletter, volunteered in the free Ithaca College Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic where I provided occupational therapy under a licensed staff member, and volunteered at Beechtree, a local skilled nursing facility. This summer I am enjoying living in Ithaca, NY while riding with Audra Ravo at If Farm Only Equestrian Center in Freeville, NY and working part-time at the Tompkins County NY Health Department as a Project Assistant to the Preparedness Coordinator. In the past I have run a therapeutic horseback riding summer program called “Summer Adventures” at Winslow Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center in Warwick, NY, and I even got to volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding center called “Riding for the Disabled” while studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. I am currently preparing to take the GREs and hope to be accepted to an Occupational Therapy Graduate Degree program for Fall 2016. It is still my dream to open a therapeutic horseback riding center where I can combine my practical skill set with my love for horses and the equestrian sport.”

    Krista Vrabel

    East Coast Equine would like to congratulate Krista on her current successes and wish her all the best with her future academic endeavors.

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