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There were $9,100 in scholarships awarded at the 2018 IBHA Convention!  New recipients include Caroline "CJ" Charniak (Wisconsin), Hanna Foltz (Michigan), Torie Opelt (Wisconsin), Serina Dalton (Wisconsin), and Sydney Lean (Wisconsin).  Renewal applicants recieving scholarships are Jessica Calkins (Wisconsin), Kenzie Goddard (Ohio), Mackenzie Foltz (Michigan), and Emily Powell (Ohio).  Congrats to all!

The IBHA staff and Committees work endlessly for the betterment of IBHA. Thank you to Denise Kurtz on securing a $2000.00 sponsorship to the Youth Scholarship Fund of IBHA from Macy's. Pictured at left are Pat Osenga and Denise Kurtz, YSF officers, accepting the donation from the Southlake Macy's Family. THANK YOU MACY'S!!

Mr Richard Kurzeja, former IBHA Executive Secretary, was the founder of the IBHA Youth Scholarship Fund. It was his vision to award scholarships to the deserving youth of IBHA. Qualified students can earn scholarships to continue their education in accredited programs equivalent to two years in a vocational school. The first awards were given out in 1988 and have continued every year since.  In 2012 Rich began developing the versatility scholarship. The purpose is to give deserving horsemen the same opportunity to continue their education. With the help of the IBHA YSF Scholarship Committee, this contest became a reality at the 2014 IBHA World Show.

2nd Place ($500): Michelle Hendricks - Urbana, IN

2015 Richard Kurzeja Versatility Scholarship Winners:

1st Place ($1,000): Eliza Griggs - Watertown, WI

1st Place ($1,000): Victoria Ingram, Pennsylvania

2nd Place ($500): Jessica Calkins, Wisconsin

Pictured top row: Darrell Bilke checks out some auction items; Todd Foltz serves as auctioneer; Queen Contestant Emily Powell displays an item; Butch Watson takes a bid

2014 - The first Richard Kurzeja Versatility Scholarships awarded!!

The Youth Scholarship Committee met at the recent 2017 IBHA Convention. The main purpose of this meeting was to elect officers and review candidates for the available scholarships.Elections were held and current officers are” Laurie Kirstoff, President, Denise Kurtz, Vice President/Treasurer, Sam Mitchell, Secretary, Judy Handel, Pat Osenga and Tina Vincent, Members.  This year, there was one new applicant,
Kenzie Goddard, of Newark, Ohio and she was awarded a scholarship of $1,000. There were three renewals and they each received $1,000. Renewals went to Jessica Calkins, WI, Mackenzie Foltz, WI, and Emily Powell, OH.  The evening festivities included the scholarship auction. The auctioneer for the evening was Pat Osenga along with his ring men, Todd Foltz, Mike Stadler and Eugene Zimmerman.  Due to the efforts of these gentlemen, the auction and donations brought in nearly $2,700.  The committee would like to thank all the members who donated the creative items and the members who bid and the various items and took them home. Sam Mitchell, Jessica Calkins, The Pletchers, Katie Stout, Ted and Judy Handel, Tina Dan and Cassidy Vincent, Pat Osenga, Mackenzie Foltz, Rob Robinson, Lori Wilson,  Ben Grandstaff, Todd Foltz, Laurie Kristoff, Butch Watkins, Pattie Baughman, Harley and Ann Grotzke, Phyllis Rasmussen, Brianne Mathews, Carmen Porter, Alexis Doughlas, Deanna O’Keefe, Gene Zimmermann, Doug Hubbard, Fran Beckel, Linda Fueger, Michelle Zimmerman, Susan Duffy, Sam Anderson, Dan Grunwald, Connie Lechleitner, Meg Powell, Teri Pellett, Judy Ianuzzi, Alexis and Diane Quill and Olivia Lolkema.  THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!!

2016 Richard Kurzeja Versatility Scholarship Winner:

Pictured left is YSF Fund officer Pat Osenga and IBHA Queen Sarah Lynd presenting Jessica Calkins of Wisconsin with her award.

Pictured bottom row: Michelle Zimmerman represents WBHA in donating to the YSF; Carmen Kellenbarger Porter showing off her purchase; YSF President Laurie Kristoff announces the total raised.

2018 Richard Kurzeja Versatility Scholarship Winners:


Youth Scholarship Fund update:
First of all I want to say thank you to the new committee person Tina Vincent for joining the Youth Scholarship Committee. I also want to give a special THANK YOU to Todd Foltz for his outstanding job at auctioneering the scholarship auction, I believe everyone had a lot of fun. Thank you again for helping the auction raise sooo much money.  I also want to thank all the members and businesses that donated to the cause, without them there would not have been an auction. Back In The Saddle, Valley Vet, Ted & Judi Handel, Karen Grunewald, Angie Worby, GLBA, Sam Mitchell, Katie & Dave Stout, Clyde & Judy Pletcher, Carmen Porter, Emily Powell, Tammie & Ben Grandstaff, WBHA, Susan Duffy, Liza Griggs, Tina, Dan & Cassidy Vincent, Jessica Calkins, Deb Calnin, The Rasmussens, Peg & Jennifer Kaiser, Kendra Kaiser Dauenhauer, Laurie Kristoff and Eugene Zimmermann.  And the auction would not be complete without the buyers: Jacque Shoeman, Phyllis Rasmussen, Tamie Grandstaff, Robert Beckel, Patti Baughman, Todd Waldera, Judi Handel, Brandon Kurtz, Meg Powell, Lori Wilson, Darrel Bilke, Linda Fueger, Dolores Kurzeja, Ron Peters, Kathy Neander, Clyde Pletcher, Carmen Porter, Carol Sgarlotti, Todd Foltz, Deanna O’Keefe, Jim Hanneman, Sandy Anderson and Sam Mitchell.  Between the auction and monetary donations from the Darrel Bilke, Wisconsin Buckskin Horse Assoc. and the Illinois State Buckskin Horse Assoc., the Scholarship made a little over $3,800.  I hope we have an auction just as great in July, I hope to see everyone in Cloverdale, IN!

Denise Kurtz
Vice Pres. YSF of IBHA

2017 Richard Kurzeja Versatility Scholarship Winners:

​Big Thanks to our sponsor, Mr. Tim Roper and Smith Ford & Smith Chevy

The committee wants give all the participants from the Youth Scholarship Fund auction at our National Convention a huge THANK YOU! The auction took in more donations and more funds for our kids for scholarship then we have in the last few years, over $3,100.00. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, between Pat Osenga and Todd Foltz, playing our auctioneer, there were laughs all around.
There was an array of donations to bid on. If you like baskets, you had your choice - some filled with snacks, wine or candy. Of course our committee member Sam made her always beautiful afghan. Back In The Saddle came thru with t-shirts, jewelry, grooming basket and many other items. Not to leave anyone out our membership and charter clubs also did a fantastic job with donations.
 And we have to remember all the people that reached way down in their pockets to win the bidding ears.
Scholarships that were renewals went to
Jessica Calkins, CJ Charniak, Sydney Lean, Mackenzie Foltz, Hanna Foltz, Sarina Dalton, Torie Opelt and Kenzie Goddard, congratulations to all!  The new kids on the block wereRebecca Funderburk and Kay Kirby, hoping you the best in the next four years!
As our number of scholarship recipients is on a big increase, we need all the help we can get from everyone. We had more recipients this year than we have had in a few years. We hope this is an inkling of what will be in the near future, GROWTH!
 We hope to see everyone in Cloverdale, Indiana in July. Let’s see if we can give this last auction a run for its money.

 Safe travels,
 Youth Scholarship Committee


1st Place ($1000): Eliza Griggs & PE Dun Stretched - Watertown, WI

2nd Place ($500): Chloe Vosters & Im Impeccably Dun - Freedom, WI

Youth Scholarship Fund - Archives

Pictured to the right is part of the team that helps the scholarship auction run smoothly and raise money for our youth!  Thank you all for your help, it is truly appreciated!

1st Place ($1,000): Torie Opelt, Wisconsin

2nd Place ($500): Mackenzie Foltz, Michigan

The World Show auction would not have been possible without the generosity of the following people: Darlene, Jenna & Andie Vsetecka, Joseph Mink, Laurie Kristoff, Liza Houghton, Bob Sneed, Emily Powell, Patti Baughman, Clyde & Judy Pletcher, Ted & Judi Handel, Todd Waldera, Bri Stimson, Jimmie Kitterman, Pat Marine, Lori Wilson, Bob & Fran Beckel, Amanda Molash, Gene & Irene Zimmermann, Gail & Jill Schueneman, Stephanie Freeland, Carmen Kellenbarger-Porter, Chester Bohonman, Shannon Bixby, Melissa Davis & Pat Osenga. Also Rising Waters Quarter Horses, C Bar C Expo Center, Chicago's Pizza, Rockin D Tack, Valley Vet Supply and El Cantarito. 


YSF Auction Donors & Buyers: