Youth and Scholarships
Youth Scholarship Information
The AHBAO awards an $500 scholarship each year to a graduating high school senior. The check to be written to an 2 to 4 year institute of higher education, and can be used for tuition or books. The scholarship must be used within 2 years of the date it is presented or the funds will be forfeited by winner and reverted to the AHBAO Youth Scholarship account.
2016 AHBAO Scholarship WinnerYou don't have to spend a lot of time with Keith Butts to feel his passion for horses and see his desire to succeed. And it is those qualities that convinced the Arabian Horse Breeders Association of Oregon that he should be this year's youth scholarship winner. With those funds, Butts plans to attend Mt.Hood Community College and pursue a career as a diesel technician.
While the future still beckons with potential, his past is pretty impressive. He was a four-year competitor in OHSET, winning district titles in saddle seat all four years and has been a long-time member of 4-H. He has a love for the Arabian horse that was nurtured by his family, which has owned Arabians for 15 years. "We have never had one we did not like," Butts said of the breed. At home, he's got an 11-year-old Arabian ex-cart horse that does a little bit of everything in OHSET, from saddle seat to team penning to drill and everything in-between," he said. "People at our barn that we board at and the shows we take him to always seem to be impressed at what he does."
Butts joined the AHBAO in January 2015 and has been active during his short time, among those helping at a trail clinic sponsored by Pacific Training Center and doing work at the AHBAO fall schooling show for all breeds, where he served as ring steward the first half of the show, then handed out ribbons the second half. He also helped with prep, set-up and cleanup at the event. From a competitive standpoint, he cited the four district titles as highlights, as well as "When I competed at the 2015 fall Rally in the Valley show and I won a couple of classes and got reserve champion in a western class, because that is the highest awards and most fun I've had at a horse show."
Butts graduated from Sandy High School this past spring and is currently apprenticing at an automotive shop in Sandy, as well as keeping his hand in the horse world by apprenticing with Karla Moffitt at Pacific Training Center. "It is important to me for the upcoming youth to become more involved in the Region 4 activities," he said. "Being a youth member has made me more confident in everyday life."