Scholarship Winners

2017 Adult Winner

TAYLOR BOWMAN… Region 4 Adult Scholarship Winner. Taylor is currently a sophomore at Arizona State University where she is studying psychiatry and criminal justice. Her hope is to continue with her educational career after receiving a BS in psychology at medical school. She continues to actively ride and compete with her Half Arabian mare, Imnaha in the open hunter/jumper circuit in Canada, California, Oregon and Arizona. Taylor’s most recent win was the 2017 Gamblers Choice class at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Along with her studies and active competition schedule, she has found time to be a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity where she helped put on their Annual Red Dress Gala that raised thousands of dollars for woman’s cardiac care. Taylor has spent her whole life riding and competing with Arabian horses in Region 4 and on the national level. Taylor and her half Arabian mare, Imnaha, are excellent ambassador’s helping to show case the Arabian breed to the open hunter/jumper audience. The scholarship committee is pleased to award Taylor a $1000 dollar scholarship for her academic pursuits and dedication to promoting the future of the Arabian breed. Congratulations Taylor!


2017 Youth Winner

NOEL COLLINS…. Region 4 Youth Scholarship Winner. Noel is currently a senior at Corvallis High School where she has followed an honors track course of study earning honor roll grades. Outside of school, she has been very involved in her local 4H program including her current role as president. Noel has also been co-chair of their annual philanthropy project where the club adopted a family of three providing food, gifts, and stocking stuffers for the holiday season. Noel has a history of community service including volunteering with both the Eugene Police Department and the Muddy Creek Charter School. Noel’s horse accomplishments include participating in horse judging and hippology qualifying for Spring Horse Classic where her team finished third. She also developed an equine first aid kit as an illustrated talk, which placed first in her local county competition and earned a blue ribbon at state fair. Noel was also awarded a county medal for excellence in the horse program and the Decker scholarship. Noel currently has two show horses: a 19- year old Half Arabian (RO Atlantis+// aka Andrew) and a 2- year old purebred (SilverCliff MGF aka Clifford). She shows both at the AHA rated shows and through the 4H program. Noel has spent a great deal of time promoting her love of the Arabian horse. As stated by Noel, “Sharing Arabian horses with kids, is really where my two passions collide. I have taken four years of child development and have done extensive volunteer work with children under ten. This year, I was able to teach a dedicated class to the preschoolers about horses and of course to me that means Arabians. I took my saddles, bridles, and even an Arabian presentation halter to school with me. The kids were able to touch the equipment and ask questions about what it is used for. I am afraid they were most impressed with the sparkly show jackets. In the future I hope to host a field trip at our farm.” For her academic pursuits and dedication to promoting the future of the Arabian breed, the scholarship committee is pleased to award Noel the $1000 dollar Youth scholarship. Congratulations Noel!


2016 Youth Winner

Moana Kramer… $2,000 Region 4 Youth Scholarship winner – Moana is currently a senior attending Crescent Valley High School, where she has maintained an overall GPA of 3.8 while taking a full AP class load. She spends her time reading, riding horses, hanging out with friends and working. Moana and her horse Moki have earned multiple regional titles in western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship and trail. This past summer she was rewarded for her many years of hard work by winning her first National Championship in Arabian Trail Horse JTR and JOTR, under the guidance of MaryJane and Russ Brown of Diamond B Training Stables. Moana states, “It was such a special experience to win our fist National Championship together beause Moki was a green and inexperienced horse. I had to work hard to master riding, and now I know him better than anyone else does. This took me years of patience and commitment to Moki to create our tight knit bond. Moki is truly a once in a life time horse.”

Moana’s future plans include: attending Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University through the dual partnership program, pursing a degree in Animal Science. She hopes to attend Oregon State’s University’s School of Veterinary Medicine to become a large animal vet. In the future, she would also like to look into specializing in equine neurology or alternative medicine. Moana is certain to obtain her goals, as she is a driven and hard working individual. Best of Luck!


2015 Adult Winner

Meghan Bromley … $2,000 Region 4 Adult Scholarship winner – Arabians and the Arabian horse community have been important in helping shape my life. In 2005 a four year old Ali Hadid entered my life, a gorgeous chestnut Arabian gelding. He was set to be sold at auction, but we saved him from an uncertain future. Together with my mom we helped train this green horse that hadn’t been saddle broke into a competitive distance-ride horse, trail horse and a member of a drill team. He competed in mostly LDs with the Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders and was a member of the Ada County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse-ettes.

In 2011 I graduated high school with a GPA of 3.75 and started to attend the University of Idaho. I entered the wildlife resource program and hoped to maybe work with managing wild horses like those on Assateague Island. Once I arrived I found I missed being around horses to much and joined the Polo team. Unfortunately due to money and time constraints, school comes first, I had to leave the team. However every winter when I would visit home Ali and I would enter the Posse-ettes’ play days, which was a local pattern running competitions. In the summer of 2012 I began working with photographer Don Stine at the Arabian Horse Association’s Region 4 competition. My mother and I saw all the wonderful and fun opportunities we could have with Ali, and were particularly excited about the trail event. That fall we became the proud owners of a second horse, Gameela um Durar, or Bambi a four year old dapple gray mare. Unfortunately in the summer of 2013, as I traveled home from school, Ali passed away from complications from colic. I worked at the Region 4 Arabian Horse Show once again and the show helped me deal with the loss of Ali. That I needed to look forward to one day competing with Bambi instead of thinking what might have been with Ali.

I have made the dean’s list four times. I have also conducted research on behavioral genetics, as the process of domestication greatly interests me. I have also been gaining field work skills by volunteering with the Washington Department of Fish and Game on their endangered Pygmy Rabbit program. I am graduating in the spring of 2015 with at least a GPA of 3.48. I am going onto grad school continuing my work at University of Idaho. I am scheduled to once again work with Don Stine at the 2015, this will be my fourth summer. Region 4 Arabian Horse Show this summer and we are looking into purchasing another horse Darhress, Bambi’s brother. I am set to graduate in the Spring of 2015 and I plan to continue on to grad school and continue my involvement with the AHA.


2015 Youth Winner

Emilia Phelps… $2,000 Region 4 Youth Scholarship winnter – I first got introduced to the Arabian breed when I bought a purebred Arabian mare “Abby” to show in 4-H and open shows. I had shown 4-H and open shows for 2 years before I started riding with Karla Moffitt and showing in Arabian shows, that is when my love for this breed started. I continue to show and own different Half Arabian and Purebreds that I have successfully shown to a National level.

I love promoting Arabians through leasing my mare “Abby” to different high school equestrian team girls, whom I helped to understand this outstanding breed. I taught several of them how to clip, prepare and show an Arabian. I have also ridden my Arabian in organized trail rides, and open shows with other breeds. I have bred, raised and trained (with help) a purebred Arabian. Wherever I go, I always love telling people how personable, beautiful and versatile Arabians are.

I have been involved locally with the “Youth 4 Arabians” club for 3 years, by serving as Treasurer. During that time I have made and sold cookies for fundraiser, donated baskets for auctions, and volunteered at AHBAO open shows. At Region IV, I have planned and organized horseback games, helped with the stick horse building and race for children 6 and under and also collected donations for dog race prizes. At Youth Nationals, I have attended the Youth Convention as a delegate several times, also competed in the judging, and was Top Ten in Hippology 3 times.

I have been home schooled and plan to graduate this June with a 3.5 GPA fron New Covenant Christian Academy. They graded and documented my course of study for high school, which included as a requirement, completing over 100 hours of community service projects. I also participated in Track and Cross Country at Cascade High School. I was on the Varsity Cross Country team for 3 years and a State qualifier for 2 years. I was also on the Varsity Track team for 3 years, and I still hold the freshman school record for Pole Vault. My plans for next year are to go to Chemeketa Community College and explore different career options. I hope to continue showing Arabians through college, because horses and my Region IV family are such a big part of my life. I could not imagine my life without them. I cannot wait for the Region IV Show this June; it has always been my favorite place to show I love the atmosphere, all the support and encouragement from the wonderful people, the competition, and especially the friendships I have made over the years.


2014 Adult Winner

Mikailla Waltos … $2,000 Region 4 Adult Scholarship winner – This was my first year as an Equestrian for the University of Georgia. It has been such a great learning opportunity and a place where I have furthered my equine knowledge and skills. They keep us very busy; we have at least two practices a week but most times that turns into four, five or even six practices a week. Every time I go out to the barn, I ride a different horse. I have my favorites but the coaches always challenge us to pick our least favorites or the ones we struggle with the most in order to gain even more tools for our riding. In the first meet I competed in, the horse kicked out at least 5 times without me using any spur. It even kicked out in the backup. However, I rode the horse to the best of my ability and ended up winning the point. I really think this team has taught me the importance of asking the most out of a horse while going to their box instead of trying to push them farther than they are capable of. Throughout the year I traveled with the team to Auburn, Kansas, Texas and South Carolina. I was very honored to be able to travel and warm up horses for my team as a freshman. I love being involved in the horses’ daily lives. We clean stalls, have horse assignments for clipping and maintenance, and learn some vetting information. Also, being around other top riders pushes me to do my best and learn every step of the way.

Being a student athlete for the University of Georgia is definitely challenging at times. It has pushed me to balance my schedule and stay organized. We have four physical workouts each week on top of practices as well as required tutoring and team meetings. We spend over 40 hours a week dedicated to our sport, yet we still have to find time for going to class and doing homework. I am proud to say I got four A’s and one A- during my first semester of college. My GPA was a 3.94. I have been named to the NCAA and NCEA academic honor rolls. I am currently majoring in pre-business with the hopes of entering into finance or accounting.

As a team we really focus on community service. This year I have spent over 15 hours donating my time to organizations such as under-privileged schools, homeless shelters and food banks.

Early in 2014, I got a call from a young woman who was doing a report on equestrians from the school and specifically wanted to talk to me about the Arabian breed. I spent quite a bit of time explaining to her why Arabians were so spectacular and how they have taught me so much. We talked about their beauty, versatility and strength. It really brought out my passion for the breed. Although all the other girls come from quarter horse backgrounds, I feel just as prepared and confident to show. I know that Arabians taught me everything- from my first horse Bright who was best known for her hot attitude in the show pen to my wonderful show mare Rylie. Whenever someone asks me about Arabians, I am always happy to explain how great they are. I really try to challenge the stereotype that they are crazy and out of control. I know Arabians can be some of the most gentle, kind-hearted horses out there.


2014 Adult Winner

Meghan Bromley … $2,000 Region 4 Adult Scholarship winner – Arabians and the Arabian horse community have been important in helping shape my life. In 2005 a four year old Ali Hadid entered my life, a gorgeous chestnut Arabian gelding. He was set to be sold at auction, but we saved him from an uncertain future. Together with my mom we helped train this green horse that hadn’t been saddle broke into a competitive distance-ride horse, trail horse and a member of a drill team. He competed in mostly LDs with the Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders and was a member of the Ada County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse-ettes.

In 2011 I graduated high school with a GPA of 3.75 and started to attend the University of Idaho. I entered the wildlife resource program and hoped to work with managing wild horses like those on Assateague Island. Once I arrived I found I missed being around horses too much and joined the Polo team that fall. Unfortunately due to money and time constraints, school comes first; I had to leave the team. However, every winter when I would visit home Ali and I would enter the Posse-ettes’ Playdays, which was a local pattern running competition. Later that summer I began working with photographer Don Stine at the Arabian Horse Association’s Region 4 competition. My mother and I saw all the wonderful and fun opportunities we could have with Ali, and were particularly excited about the trail event. That fall we became the proud owners of a second Arabian, Gameela Umm Durar, or Bambi a beautiful four year old dapple gray mare. Unfortunately in the summer of 2013, as I traveled home from school, Ali passed away from a sudden and severe colic. I worked at the Region 4 Arabian Horse Show once again in 2013 and the show helped me deal with the loss of Ali. It helped in a way only being around Arabians can; it helped me look forward to one day competing with Bambi instead of thinking what might have been with Ali.

This school year I have made the Dean’s list and have been accepted as a member of the Natural Resource Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi. I have started doing research on behavioral genetics, as the process of domestication greatly interests me. I am scheduled to once again work with Don Stine at the Region 4 Arabian Horse Show this summer. I am set to graduate in the spring of 2015 and I plan to continue onto grad school and continue my involvement with the Arabians.

I have loved working for the Region 4 Horse Show, and seeing all the amazing things that this beautiful breed has to offer, from reigning to park horses to native costumes. I hope that I can continue to be a part of and support AHA’s horse shows.


2013 Adult Winner

Kyleigh Lamb … Our Region 4 Adult Scholarship winner is currently a junior at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon finishing her associate’s degree in elementary education. She will be transferring to OSU-Cascades in the fall of 2013 to get her bachelors in Elementary Ed. Someday she hopes to be able to incorporate her horses with the kids and start a children and horse therapy program.

She currently has three Arabians of her own two geldings and a yearling.

Kyleigh is currently in her second term as the president of The Arabian Horse Club of Central Oregon; also a member on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Coast Breeders Cup, and she has been assisting with the Region 4 Futurity chaired by Karla Moffitt.

Kyleigh has volunteered full time at the Region 4 show currently helping with award presentations in center ring. She has been volunteering at our Region 4 show since she was 10 years old.

Kyleigh wants people to know what great horses the Arabians are, how versatile they are and that they will do whatever you ask of them.


2013 Youth Winner

Mikailla Waltos… Our Youth Scholarship winner is excited but so sad to say that she is off to college next year and will not be able to show in all the wonderful Region IV shows. However, she is not giving up riding at all! She has officially signed with the University of Georgia to compete on their reining team!

Starting my sophomore year, I started looking into the NCAA Equestrian program. I wanted to continue my love for horses in college. After working hard, I was recruited by the top equestrian schools in the United States. I accepted an offer to ride for UGA in September. Very few Arabian riders make it in the collegiate program. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to compete for such a wonderful school. I plan on breaking many stereotypes about the Arabian breed, teaching my other teammates about the incredible capabilities of the Arabian Breed. She fell in love with her first Arabian horse, Bright, years ago. She taught her so much and really made her the rider she is today. After experiencing the fun and community of Region IV shows, she was hooked. She was blessed to receive her show mare Rylie to make a true competitor in the Region.

Mikailla went on to say; the more shows I attended, the more I wanted to get involved. I looked into the youth group for the region and it was not really active. Talking with some of the other youth, we decided to amp it up. I was elected President (quite an honor) and I have loved every moment of it. We have formed great friendships and really strengthened our knowledge of the Arabian horse. As a group, we organized many games at the regional shows over the years, helped with the stick horses, and raised money to support and promote the Arabian breed. I have participated in the regional meetings and of course led and organized all the youth meetings. Furthermore, I have shown up as a delegate to the National Youth Association every year that I have attended nationals. I have shown my support, voted, and learned many interesting things through the seminars at Nationals. I was involved in changing the age from 17 to 18 in order for all youth to show through their last year of high school. At Scottsdale, I talk and socialize with the locals to promote the breed as well. I also volunteer for the youth night to make it a great show for all the younger children.

Besides horses, Mikailla is very active in her community. She has a grade point average above a 3.9. She participates in many school programs such as National Honor Society, leadership, mentoring, tutoring, and fundraisers, retreats and much more. She is very involved in the Christian Service department at Jesuit High. She has helped at the Boys and Girls club for under privileged kids, soup kitchens, and immersion programs in other countries.


2012 Youth Winner

Grant Howell … I started working with horses when I was 15, my freshman year of high school. I’d been around horses before and taken riding lessons but I wanted to start working with a horse. My first horse was El Shikar Hariq KB, also known as Harley. A two year old, I began ground training him, later showing him in the Clackamas County 4-H Fair, winning reserve for the ground training class. I also took him to local and regional Arabian shows, showing him in the Sporthorse In-hand classes. As time progressed, I began to train him for carriage driving, competing at a local Arabian show, Sporthorse Regionals, and Sporthorse Nationals in 2010. Wanting a bit more horse, my family purchased a Half-Arabian Half-Saddlebred mare, High Society Fling. I showed Duchess in Carriage at Region 4 Sporthorse last year, and look forward to showing her this year in Sporthorse In-hand classes, as well as seeing my sister show her in Hunter Pleasure.

I will be graduating from Lake Oswego High School this year, and I will be studying at Oregon State University this fall, potentially majoring in Biology. My horses will make the trip down to Corvallis with me, so I can work with them regularly and hopefully continue to show over the summer. Showing horses has been a wonderful experience, and one that I look forward to continuing in the future.


2012 Adult Winner

Kyleigh Lamb … I have been riding horses for as long as I can remember. My first horse was Lady. She taught me a lot of things and we did everything together. She took me on my first trail ride and she also took me to my very first show. I am currently in the process of starting my three year old Arabian gelding McDreamy. McDreamy and I have won a few first place ribbons in halter and hopefully will win more under saddle. I am currently the president of The Arabian Horse Club of Central Oregon. We are putting on an AHA rated one-day show at Brasada Ranch of which I am a co-chairman. I volunteer full time at the Region 4 show and help with award presentations in center ring. I have been doing this every year since I was 10 years old and have never missed a day. I am currently a sophomore at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon finishing up my associate’s degree in elementary education. I will be transferring to OSU-Cascades in the spring of 2013.