Virginia Lancaster Memorial Youth Fund

Andrea Sinner has chosen to honor the memory of Virginia Lancaster through the establishment of an endowment fund for the purpose of assisting young equestrians to pursue and advance in their sport. She was one of the grateful beneficiaries of Virginia Lancaster’s passion for all things equestrian, which allowed her and other children to fall in love with horses and begin a lifelong journey with them. Virginia was also an enthusiastic supporter of GMHA.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable young people to advance their interest and participation in equestrian activities, especially in GMHA’s youth-focused activities and trail programs through stipends, scholarships, and other forms of support. Funds may be expended for any activities or competitions held at GMHA, or, with specific approval of the GMHA Awards Committee (described below) in advance, to help defray the costs of participating in activities or competitions elsewhere to advance in their sport. Award recipients will be required to:

  • expend the funds within two years of the award (unless granted an exception by the GMHA Awards Committee, described below);
  • report to GMHA annually with a detailed and documented account of award expenditures;
  • commit at least ten volunteer hours themselves and/or their family members at GMHA; and
  • share their experience on their own social media and/or other public media outlets (naming GMHA and the Virginia Lancaster Memorial Youth Fund) and write an article for a GMHA publication about the award and their experience.