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Janie Wilder Recipient of USHJA Gochman Grant for USEF Pony Finals
Wilder, 16, of Clinton, Mississippi, has been riding for around eight years. She is a working student and assists with all aspects of horse care in addition to riding almost every day. She is the team captain of her farm’s IEA team and strives to be a good example to the other riders on the team. According to those who know her, Wilder demonstrates outstanding teamwork and drive, and she promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship.
“It is like a dream come true to be a Gochman Grant recipient!” Wilder said. “I’m so grateful to the Gochman family and to USHJA for providing me with this opportunity of a lifetime. I have worked very hard to get to where I am now, and I am very grateful to all the people who have helped me get to where I am today. I’m happy to finally be able to say that hard work does indeed pay off.”
The Grant is made possible by the generosity of Becky and David Gochman and their family. Each year, the USHJA offers three young pony riders the opportunity to attend and compete at USEF Pony Finals.
The Gochman Grant is open to current USHJA members under the age of 18 (per USEF rules), who have not previously participated in Pony Finals and who would not be able to attend Pony Finals without the assistance the grant provides. Individuals may only be awarded the grant once.
This grant is not strictly monetary in nature, but rather experience-based. In addition to the opportunity to compete at USEF Pony Finals, each grant recipient is provided access to professionals for training, entered into available clinics and exposed to other educational experiences throughout the week. In addition to financial need, each rider selected exemplifies the qualities most important in our sport: horsemanship, tenacity and good sportsmanship.
This marks the seventh year the USHJA Foundation has provided grants to help riders attend USEF Pony Finals. Pony Finals is slated for August 9-15, 2021 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
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