Sequoia Arena Scholarship Fund

sequoia groundbreaking May1948Set in Joaquin Miller Park in the beautiful Oakland Hills Sequoia Arena is a public facility owned by City of Oakland. It was built in 1948 and has hosted many horse shows since then. It is maintained by the volunteers of Metropolitan Horsemen's Association, Oakland. MHA members work to promote equestrian sports, uniting horse people across all disciplines to develop good horsemanship. MHA Oakland maintains Sequoia Arena and works to preserve equestrian facilities and trail access in the East Bay Area. Along with other groups and agencies, MHA Oakland promotes the equestrian presence in the East Bay. MHA offers competitors a friendly and encouraging environment with horse shows that are structured to help green to advanced horses and riders have a successful show experience.

mha2008-08-0242Middle California Region is pleased to announce the establishment of Sequoia Arena Scholarship Fund. The goal is to introduce young pony club members to this wonderful public arena and dedicated volunteers of MHA Oakland. We hope to build awareness among our members and teach them the importance of land conservation through the continuous and responsible use of public land. 

Up to five $100 scholarships will be awarded annually to Middle California members who compete at shows or participate in clinics organized by MHA Oakland at the Sequoia Arena for the first time to be used towards their show or clinic expense. We ask that the applicants of this scholarship write a paragraph or two about their experience at the Sequoia Arena and if possible share some pictures from the show. Most importantly, we ask that they remember to thank the volunteers who help put on these shows and clinics.

There is no deadline; the first five Middle California members who apply for this scholarship will be award the funds each calendar year.

Middle California Region thanks Nila Venkat, member of Bay Hills and 2014 Brookfield Conservation Award recipient, for donating the proceeds of the award and pledging to keep this scholarship funded. 

About Brookfield Conservation Award: The Brookfield Conservation Award is named in honor of the historic Brookfield Farm near Lexington, KY. The original parcels of Brookfield were received from the British monarchy in the late 1700s. In 2000 Brookfield was placed in the Bluegrass Conservancy by its owners, Betsy and Jack van Nagell. The Brookfield Conservation Award rewards efforts for the promotion of land conservation through member, club or regional dedication and hard work. Applicants may be a club, region, or individual, and up to two $500 awards may be given yearly. The deadline for submissions is November 1st. Click here for full award guidelines and criteria.

Congratulations to the 2014 Brookfield Conservation Award recipients!  Click on their names to read their submissions -  Nila Venkat, Middle California Region and Woodbrook Hunt Pony Club



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