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2011 ELEANOR BRENNAN MEMORIAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO CURRENT PONY CLUB MEMBER

Tuesday, April 19, 2011   (0 Comments)
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THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUBS, INC. PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Press Contact: Shelley Mann, Shelley@PonyClub.org

Pony Club: http://www.ponyclub.org/, 859-230-0875

2011 ELEANOR BRENNAN MEMORIAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO CURRENT PONY CLUB MEMBER

Lexington, KY, April 5, 2011-- Thanks to the generosity of the Brennan family, Rebekah Polacek, a C-3 rated member from Willamette Valley Pony Club in Salem, Oregon is the first 2011 Eleanor Brennan scholarship recipient. Pony Club awarded a $500 check from the Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund during the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) ICP Instructors Assessment March 21-23, 2011 at Cloverfield Mar in Aumsville, Oregon. Rebekah is one of the creators of the PonyTube educational videos for the United States Pony Club website, was selected to represent the U.S. in the Pony Club North American Quiz Exchange, and teaches Pony Club lessons regularly. Her current DC Tami Stump stated that "Rebekah is a wonderfully positive instructor who encourages questions and has the desire to improve while maintaining a safe environment.”

According to USPC Instruction Director Connie Jehlik, "We are very excited to honor Rebekah with this scholarship. Developing and improving her teaching skills is a commendable goal, and because of the Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund we are able to support her in her efforts.”

In 2011, Pony Club Instructors or upper level members are eligible to receive scholarship assistance to attend ICP Certification Program Workshops or Assessments. Three scholarships are still available for the 2011 year. Interested Pony Club members and instructors are encouraged to submit the scholarship application and reference forms to be considered. The application form is available on the USPC website, http://www.ponyclub.org/ or contact Connie Jehlik, USPC Instruction Director at instruction@ponyclub.org 859-256-7669, if you have any further questions.

To register with the USEA Instructors' Certification Program, ask questions, and/or obtain further information about ICP, contact Nancy Knight at nancy@useventing.com 703-669-9997 or Sue Hershey at swhershey@cs.com 412-963-6359, both located within the Eastern Time zone.

About Pony Club--The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation's top equestrians, including our Olympic team members, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. There are approximately 11,000 members in 600 clubs in 43 regions throughout the country. Pony Club is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky http://www.ponyclub.org/.


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