Promoting the sound and natural walking horse

Our youth are our future.  This scholarship program was established to encourage  youth participation in equestrian sport, at NWHA events, and at the NWHA National Championship Show.  The scholarships are presented at the NWHA National Championship Show.

Award:  $500 total  

  • $250   12 and under 
  • $250   13-17 (youth’s age as of January 1 of the current year).

Funds are to be used for educational purposes or towards the advancement of the winners’ equestrian experience.


  • Youth must be a member of NWHA (either as an individual Youth Member or as a youth whose parents/guardians hold a Family Membership)
  • Youth member must be aged 17 or under on January 1 of the current year.
  • Submit one entry from any of the three categories for scholarship consideration.  If you want to submit one from each, please do.  We enjoy seeing your many talents!  
  • Only one entry per category, please.
  • Need not own a horse to enter!

Neil Clark Scholarship Program

The NWHA Scholarship was established this initial year, 2015 to provide monetary assistance to our degree seeking members who are ineligible for other scholarship awards. The mission of the NWHA scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolled for undergraduate study in ommunity colleges, colleges, trade schools and universities.

The NWHA Scholarship principally targets two and four year academic programs; however, certificate/licensing programs including but not limited to fields such as business, animal/vet tech and related fields may also be eligible.

Youth Versatility (LSAP)

Youth Members are encouraged to join the Lifetime Superior Achievement Program.  This NWHA versatility program supports all types of events that youth exhibitors enjoy competing in.  From 4-H, Open shows, NWHA Sanctioned events and school equestrian teams - make all of those events count for our young versatility riders.  

The objective of the NWHA Youth, aligned with the organization’s mission, is the continuance of supporting and improving the lives of horses and people by encouraging responsibility and sportsmanship. Through preservation of the unique qualities of the Walking Horse through educational and recreational activities, NWHA Youth represent the future of the sound horse industry.

Neil Clark Achievement Submissions:  Postmarked no later than 01-September (electronic submissions will not be accepted)
Youth Achievement Award Submissions:  Postmarked no later than 15-January 

NWHA Scholarship Program Submissions:  Postmarked no later than 31-July

The NWHA proudly announces the creation of the Annual Youth Achievement Award celebrating the achievements of NWHA youth members. The award will be presented to the youth member who exemplifies the highest level of dedication and support of the NWHA mission and organization by inspiring and educating others through leadership and community events that promote NWHA and the sound walking horse. This award will be presented to the youth member who demonstrates exemplary levels of personal and professional achievement, are members in good standing, volunteer their time to NWHA in a meaningful way, promote the sound walking horse, and display leadership qualities.
The information submitted should support the award criteria for achievement, leadership and service to NWHA, and the sound walking horse industry. The deadline for submission is January 15. For more information on how you can qualify for this prestigious award please contact the NWHA office.

NWHA Youth Achievement Award


NWHA Scholarship Program