Lexington, KY- Each year, USHJA recognizes a junior member between the ages of 12 and 15 who demonstrates the potential of being a future leader in the equine industry. The ideal candidate exhibits a commitment and dedication to the USHJA through their promotion of equestrian sport by exemplary sportsmanship and serving as a role model to their peers. USHJA is proud to announce Hannah Bentz of Boca Raton, FL as the 2012 USHJA Youth Leadership Award recipient.
A model student at Spanish River High School, 15 year-old Hannah exemplifies the spirit of the Youth Leadership Award in and out of the horse show community. She is Captain of the school’s IEA Team, has been on the Honor Roll since middle school and in 2010 was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Proud father, Steve Bentz, shared an insight to his daughter – that despite being of age for a driver’s permit and the offer of a car, his horse crazed teenager elected to forgo the dream of independence most kids want for the camaraderie of her horse and barnmates. Hannah enjoys spending time at the stable and is known to offer aid to other riders and/or horses whenever an opportunity arises, a trait that didn't go unnoticed by her trainers and led to Hannah’s summer position of barn manager. More than 20 horses validate Hannah’s commitment to proper care and complete horsemanship.
Hannah’s goals for the future sound simple enough for one who demonstrates maturity beyond her tender years; “Coaching an IEA team, providing riding lessons at reduced rates so people who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity can learn how to ride and care for horses, and continue my volunteer work with organizations such as the Equus Foundation to better the lives of horses and equestrians.”
Hannah will be presented the 2012 USHJA Youth Leadership Award commemorative trophy, a complimentary three-year USHJA Active Membership and a RevitaVet Infrared Therapy System with Back Pad, generously donated by RevitaVet, during the USHJA Annual Meeting’s Evening of Equestrians awards dinner on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30PM.
Hannah Bentz - USHJA Youth Leadership Award Winner. Photo courtesy of Steve Bentz. Photos may be used in relation to this press release only