A big part of the GMHA mission is to help educate future generations of riders. One way in which this is made possible is through the generosity of donors who provide funds to GMHA specifically ear-marked to help young riders in their quest for excellence.
For the 2014 season, GMHA is excited to provide a new scholarship opportunity to our Youth members to support them in their endeavors to becoming better horsemen.
Junior Horsemanship Clinic
Now in its 58th year, GMHA's Junior Horsemanship Clinic is the premier eventing camp for young riders ages 9-17. Riders bring their own horses or ponies to camp, and receive quality mounted and unmounted instruction.Riders will school all three phases of eventing: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Please view our brochure for more details!
Our facility includes four all-weather riding rings, a newly upgraded cross-country course, six permanent barns, an extensive trail system, a Youth Center facility, and snack bar. GMHA has a rich history in eventing, having hosted Horse Trials for over 50 years, and educated many top riders, including Olympians Denny Emerson and Lana Wright, well-known competitors Ashley MacVaugh and Marcia Kulak, and rising star Kylie Lyman to name just a few.
Please see our FAQs for details on how to register for camp!
Applications are now being accepted! The deadline to get your application in is Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Birch Hill Youth Excellence Award
Starting in 2014, Birch Hill Farm will be offering $2,000 in awards to top Juniors/Young Riders competing at Training Level in USEF recognized horse trials at GMHA and other events in USEA Area 1. Winners will be encouraged to use the awards to further their own and/or their horse's training, with a view to becoming a more accomplished event rider.
Rules and Conditions:
- Three awards will be made: 1st = $900, 2nd place = $600, 3rd place = $500
- Riders should submit their 3 best scores (on the same horse) for the season: 2 scores must be from GMHA horse trials, the third score may be from any other recognized horse trails in USEA Area 1
- All 3 scores must be for Training Level events
- Awards will be made to the 3 riders with the lowest cumulative penalties scored.
- In event of a tie, the dressage penalties will be used to decide awards
- Riders must be between 14 and 21 years of age according to USEF rules
- Horse and rider combination must be the same for each score submitted
- Riders may submit scores for multiple horses
- Riders must complete the year-end award application form and submit it to GMHA on or before November 30, 2014.
Eileene Wilmot Award
Juniors and young riders competing in the GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials Preliminary Division stand the chance of winning a share of this $2,000 award.
Previous winners have furthered their careers by investing in additional lessons, participating in clinics, and competing at higher level events.
Young Equestrian Development Scholarship
The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to hard-working young riders and allow them to compete or participate in a learning activity at GMHA. Scholarship funds may be awarded for GMHA clinics, competitions (e.g., Competitive Trail Rides, Driving shows, Hunter/Jumper Shows, etc.), or other educational activities.
This scholarship allows our Youth members to achieve their equestrian goals and improve their horsemanship skills in a professional environment and may provide a chance to explore other disciplines.
This is made possible by endowment funds that have been entrusted to GMHA to ensure the future of our educational programs.
Applications are now being accepted! The deadline for application submission is Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Download the application